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Interview with Sunny Ricks, Food Stylist

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Sunny Nam Ricks, Food Stylist

Sunny Ricks on the job

Dylan Cross

Sunny Nam Ricks is a professional food stylist based in the Boston area. She travels around the country making and styling food for magazines, commercials, and media campaigns. Some of her recent clients include Peeps, the Wall Street Journal, and Terra Chips. Sunny Ricks is Korean-American and a master with Korean cuisine, so she agreed to chat with me about Korean food and her work as a food stylist.

About.com Korean Food:
For readers that are not in the food industry, what is a food stylist?

Sunny Ricks:
A food stylist is like a makeup artist for food, so they make the food look good. It's hard to believe, but a lot of food is not naturally pretty. A mentor once told me: 'what we really do is push bacon.' So that's what I tell people.

About.com Korean Food:
How did you get into food styling?

Sunny Ricks:
I was in between graphic design jobs, and a friend who was a photo producer asked me to assist a food stylist on one of her shoots because she knew I could cook well. We got along well and the stylist asked if I would continue working for her.

About.com Korean Food:
What have been a few of your favorite recent projects?

Sunny Ricks:
I like doing desserts so I enjoyed the Peeps shoot and jobs making cupcakes and cakes and puddings are fun. I like the artistic stuff. We did a campaign for Ibero star hotels which was interesting. A lot of what I do is packaging, so it's about moving pieces of rice 1 cm to the left or right. So I like the creative things, which I don't get to do as often.

About.com Korean Food:
What Korean foods do you love?

Sunny Ricks:
I love kimchichigae, al chigae, and gabijjim. Soondae.

About.com Korean Food:
I always tell people who have the misconception that Korean food is all about the beef, that I would take Korean soups and stews over the grilled meats any day. Agree?

Sunny Ricks:
Yes, I always love soup or stews on cold days. Galbi is not something we cook at home.

About.com Korean Food:
Are you one of those Korean people that travel with kimchi?

Sunny Ricks:
No way. I think my husband (who is not Korean) eats more kimchi than I do. It's not even in our fridge.

About.com Korean Food:
Because of the smell?

Sunny Ricks:
No, because I just don't crave it. I don't even want to eat it with every type of Korean food.

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