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Lisa Cherkasky is a chef and food stylist based in Washington, D.C. She has styled food for corporate clients as well as editorial clients such as The Washington Post, The Washingtonian, Smithsonian, Vegetarian Times, Eating Well and National Geographic. She has also worked as a chef in top restaurants.  Finally, Lisa has also written two cookbooks, the bestseller The Artful Pie and You’re the Chef. You can check out Lisa’s blog The Lunch Encounter here. She attended the Culinary Institute of America where she was among the first women to study there. 


  • What is food styling (4:33)
  • How cooking jobs can help you break into food styling (7:34)
  • What soft and hard skills Lisa says are necessary to be a food stylist (8:15)
  • Whether a culinary degree is necessary to work in food styling (9:26)
  • What Lisa says is the best career advice she ever received (16:04)
  • Why Lisa admires the food presentation on Downton Abbey, Ratatouille, and the books Dirt and Heat by Bill Buford and Food Styling by Delores Custer  (16:42)
  • Why Lisa says people might be surprised to hear she uses Gorilla Glue and ArmorAll during food styling (17:53)
  • If you want to learn more about what Lisa does as a food stylist and how she built her career check out T4C episode #729

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