When people hear about the work of a food stylist, they're naturally somewhat confused. What's the point -- doesn't food simply get chewed up and swallowed? Food stylists, on the other hand, understand that the more attractive food is, the more likely it is to be sold, eaten and enjoyed.
Food stylists do a lot to make food beautiful, including arranging, misting, torching, propping, pinning, polishing and shellacking it [source: AoFB]. They usually work with photographers, actors and producers to create and display visually appealing food for magazine articles, advertisements or design pieces. Some are former chefs, and virtually all are life-long foodies.
Some culinary schools and photography schools offer food styling courses, but a lot of would-be food stylists learn the craft by working with other stylists [source: Shirasky]. Once you're established, though, food styling can be a pretty good gig. The pay for a day's work as a food stylist ranges from $300 to about $1,200.