We had the good fortune of connecting with Angela Yeung and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angela, why did you pursue a creative career?
I think everyone wants to create a better world. Food, art and design is my pathway to help contribute to that. It helps that I was raised in an artistic family. My father was a professional photographer and my mother was a fashion illustrator.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
A good food stylist needs to excel in a variety of areas. On the job you have to understand design and composition, but it really begins with the food. I started my culinary career over 20 years ago and I trained at the Ferrandi School of Culinary Arts in Paris, France. I worked for many years as a chef, in many great kitchens around the world and with many successful and influential chefs. Nothing about great food is easy whether you are working in a professional kitchen or on set as a food stylist. As a food stylist every day can present a unique challenge. One day I can be doing pizza pulls, heating cheese so it’s hot and melty, The next day I can be styling ice cream, hunched over a coffin freezer trying to keep the ice cream from melting and another day I might be on location in 100 degree weather making beverages look icy cold and frosty. Every day is different and it can be like starting a new job each day. Like most jobs preparation is key, but there are new challenges and surprises every day. You need a wealth of skills and experience to be able to weather that. I really try to push myself to evolve creatively as an artist and food stylist. When possible I love to experiment and push boundaries. I’m am by nature an extremely curious person and one of my greatest passions is traveling the world and learning about different cuisines and food trends.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The Dallas/Fort Worth food scene has really developed over the last few years. Also you might have noticed that this year is different than any other you have experienced. Most restaurants are struggling because of the pandemic, but the hopefully the best will survive with our support. There are so many cultures represented in Dallas. and I love exploring the world through food and all the different restaurants and grocery stores we have in town. Since we are in Texas we of course would have to start with BBQ – Pecan Lodge and Cattleack are a couple favorites, then on to Mexican. I love the freshness of the food at Jose and for good ole’ Tex Mex we’d have to go to Ojedas on Maple. Mitsuwa marketplace in Plano is one of my favorite places to shop for Japanese treats and goodies. I love the black sesame and matcha soft serve ice cream available at the food court. For upscale Japanese food, Tei- An in One Arts Plaza has been on of my favorite restaurants in Dallas for over ten years. For Chinese food I love the soup dumplings at Fortune House in Irving. Wu Wei Din in Plano serves up some awesome Tawainese food and their beef noodle soup is so satisfying. For Dim Sum Kirin Court is another favorite- I love the rice rolls they serve on the weekends in XO sauce. In Carrolton by the H-Mart we recently discovered a little restaurant called Korean Street Eats. They make the fluffiest egg and ham sandwich that’s to die for delicious. Sara’s Market and Bakery in Richardson is a great spot for Middle Eastern products and different meat cuts like lamb necks. Bilad bakery around the corner has delicious breads. Fish and Fizz in Richardson serves up some of the best fish and chips I’ve had outside the UK and New Zealand. For great sandwiches I am currently in love with Brown Bag Provisions in the Design District. They also make the most delicious house made yogurt. I love checking out the different spices and produce at Patel Brothers and O’Desi Aroma is a favorite spot for Indian food. The list goes on and on!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Food Styling is a very collaborative endeavor and I’ve been very lucky to work with some great photographers, art directors, design groups, and agencies. Every day brings a new challenge and I am inspired and learn from all the creative folks I work with on a daily basis. Obviously, my parents and stepmother – who was also a stylist, deserve a lot of credit for setting me on this path.
Photography Credits: Rusty Hill Par Bengtsson Kevin Marple Jarred Navarre Brice Pennington