“A RECIPE HAS NO SOUL. YOU, AS THE COOK, MUST BRING IT."
~ Thomas Keller
It was by combining her penchant for design and her love for food and serving, that Darcy began her food styling career in Minneapolis. Before beginning her consulting business, she styled cookbooks as a staff food stylist, for a Minneapolis publishing house, along with Pillsbury and General Mills. Shortly thereafter, Darcy moved to Texas where she expanded the base of her consulting business and has grown her family. Darcy and her husband nurture three grown sons and all their appetites for knowledge and influencing well through the science and culture of cuisine and caring for others across the table. The desire to welcome others around her own family table, is a component of Darcy's professional demeanor as well. Aiming to effecting repeated success with each of her clients, Darcy nurtures her client relationships as much as she empowers new outcomes for their businesses - locally, regionally, and around the globe.
Darcy's professional contributions as a food stylist are complemented by her service to Texas 4-H, through her passion for food and her natural gift of teaching. With the goal of equipping high school Food Challenge teams to consistently place at the State level, Darcy helps students to recognize and apply international flavor profiles, build proficiency with culinary vocabulary and technique, and establish appreciation for shape, color and texture when styling a dish and presenting it before a panel of judges. Darcy also serves as a regional judge for 4-H Food Show competitions, where the same questions she employs with her clients to understand the product, how it will be branded in the marketplace, and the customer it will target, are also used to train students in the essentials of an effective culinary conversation. Engaging in conversation often over a cup of tea, Darcy believes that what she learns about the culture of food from those whose experiences are often different from her own, is what brings a flourish to the soul of her work as a stylist.