Duration: 4 weeks


We eat with our eyes. It’s true! The kitchen is full of the most wonderful sensory experiences like smell, taste and touch. We love to share these experiences, and a picture of food can be the perfect medium for these enticing and inspirational moments.

Food stylists are responsible for the amazing food creations on television, product packaging, in magazines and cookbooks. This special master class will give you the opportunity to learn the tricks of the trade and position you to achieve effortless looking dishes that are camera ready.

Tara will show you the tools you need in both a basic and extensive styling kit and share tips on the business side of food styling. She will explain the differences in the styles and techniques you may need for advertising, publishing or recreational posting. You will learn the importance of prop selection, cooking for the camera angle, ingredient choices and preparation. Among other things, Tara will demonstrate methods for hot and cold drinks, the perfect slice of cake, photo-ready ice cream and how to get that exquisite drip of syrup and pancakes on film.

Please note: you will need to have access to a moderately stocked kitchen to fully participate in this course, as well as:

— Bag or toolbox to assemble your own styling kit
— Camera (of any kind) to photograph your assignments to upload to the student gallery for Tara’s feedback


The Nicole’s Classes application is a downloadable program you install on your computer. (The link to download will be provided the day the class starts.) Learning is divided into 4 weeks and within those weeks you can learn at your own pace, anytime, anywhere. There are no set class times, though homework is due every Sunday night for instructor feedback. Students also have unlimited email access to the instructor for the duration of their course, to ask questions or get help when they’re stuck. Our classes are flexible, fit into most any schedule and we happily welcome international students!


Food Styling 101 has no prerequisite courses or skills. This is a beginner friendly course!


Tara Bench has spent over 15 years in the food publishing industry creating recipes and food styling for various magazines, books, television and advertising. She has worked with renowned food photographers on photo shoots all over the country. Most recently she has been the Food and Entertaining Director of Ladies’ Home Journal magazine, where she was responsible for all food content for the brand. Prior to the Journal Tara was a Food Editor at Martha Stewart Living, Kids and Weddings magazines. She has appeared on the Martha Stewart television show, the Today Show and as a judge on The Food Network Thanksgiving Challenge.

Her favorite food is chocolate chip cookies — why not? And yes, she had an Easy Bake Oven, of course!


If necessary, we do provide refunds up to 1 week before the class start date. Please check our FAQ and Policies pages for more information.

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