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Naturally creative with a flair for design, layout and eye appeal. Diane Beard attended Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, recognizing these natural talents. She has had the great pleasure to study under Delores Custer, an internationally known food stylist, author and teacher, whose work has appeared in magazines, television, print advertising and feature films. Shown below is Delores Custer, signing her Food Styling Book for Diane Beard..
International Food Stylist, Teacher, Author - Delores Custer
Starting to cook in her very early teens because her Mom did not like to cook, and it reflected in her uninspired meals - sorry Mom. Diane became "chief cook" at age 17 and quickly began developing her own recipes and gourmet creations. Plating was always important to Diane, and she carefully complimented color and paid particular attention to how she plated the meals for eye appeal. A natural Food Stylist!
Executive Chef Oscar Orbe - Hacienda Tres Rios, Mexico
Diane has self-studied from numerous resources and is working her way through Delores Custer's April 2010 released, 400 page Food Styling textbook. Diane has had the opportunity to study under Delores Custer, at George Brown College. She has had 48 years of elegant dinner parties, creative cooking, and plating with excellence. Diane has also had practical food styling experience working with some of Toronto's most brilliant Food Photographers. These pictures represent some of her successes. Each gallery picture indicate the photographer responsible for magnificently capturing Diane's creations.
Chef Angelo, Hacienda Tres Rios, Mexico
Diane Beard is located in Richmond Hill, Ontario and would prefer to work in the Toronto GTA. She is available for major long term projects, piece work, contract, or short term projects.
Executive Chef Tomas, Hacienda Tres Rios, Mexico
Diane is happy to work with local Photographers to build and cultivate a working rapport. Her greatest interest is in the areas of Commercials, Magazines and Recipe Books. She would also enjoy working on projects with food companies wanting to showcase their products!
MettaMeals.com "100 dishes in 2 days" Photo Shoot 2012 Team - and WHAT a TEAM!!
JP Richards, Founder and CEO of Metta-Meals headed this team of professionals with Christopher, Executive Coordinator, 'Lisa Walsh-Bolger, and Lesia, owner LPK Culinary Groove, 718 Queen St East and her team of chef and kitchen assistants, Marni Wasserman author and recipe creator, Garry Porter, Photographer, and me, as Food Stylist.
Community Service Volunteering
Halifax, Nova Scotia:
Member, Dartmouth Chamber
Committee, participant on several committees and elected to council 1989-91
Member, O.A.D.E. 1991
Member, Kiwanis (Program Director)
Board of Directors,
Chair, Financial Committee
Designed, Coordinator and Organized, Easter Seals fund raising project 1994-96 (Fire Truck Pull)
Agincourt Pentecostal Church –
Several Ministries 2000-2008: Including co-leader Outreach Ministry, Community Connections,
Taste of the Nations coordinator,
Women’s Ministry coordinator.
Leader – Community Prayer Walk
Interviewer APC – 2005-2006
3 times – Assistant Facilitator 1989, 1995/1996 196/1997
President Condo Board – 2009 –
2015 – Vineyards (2nd three year term)
Member, Joint Committee – Condo
Board 2009 – 2012
Chocolicious 2010 - Volunteer Food Stylist – Chocolate Chef
Please view my Gallery. If you wish to see specific types of dishes, please contact me and I will delighted to send samples not found on my website currently. I have a large inventory of photos from projects.