By Andrea Kszystyniak – courtesy of Omaha Magazine

Sarah Jane Hunt '96Heart-shaped citrus spreads and leafy green salads with fresh arugula, pickled onions, and curly carrots bursting to a bowl’s brim may seem easy to brighten for a film close-up. But behind the most artfully constructed salad is a bit of movie magic.

Sarah Jane Hunt ’96, an Omaha-based food stylist, is behind some of the most artistic looking plates in the Midwest. Her work graces restaurant pages, including Scooter’s Coffee, as well as catalogs and international food campaigns.

“I have used cold mashed potatoes to build a salad before,” she said. “It’s like a flower arrangement.”

Hunt pushes the leaves into the mashed potatoes much like a florist uses foam when making an arrangement. The potatoes stay hidden, a silent supporting actor. It makes the salad look fresher longer, keeping happy-looking leaves from wilting under hot camera lights.


Check out a gallery of some of Sarah Jane’s amazing work below!

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