A food stylist is a creative professional who makes food look more appealing and fresh for photographs, television or even everyday plating. They make the food last longer till the duration of the photo shoot, and sometimes, they are food photographers as well.

Alok Verma is a professional food stylist who has been practising the art since two years now. When asked about its scope in India, Alok says, “It’s a niche concept in India. There are only 10-15 people in our country who are practising it professionally and the demand is increasing.”

He adds, “Most people start as a food blogger and then move on to food styling. I took the same route. At the beginning, I worked with people on a few shoots, gained experience and then started out on my own. The scope is brilliant. Restaurants are realising the importance of food styling.”

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