Alex is a professional cook and qualified Nutritionist. She has been styling food for Photography and TV commercials for over 20 years and enjoys working to create perfect presentation and developing healthy eating options for families.
Alex studied advertising and marketing at the College for the Distributive Trades in London. She honed her cooking skills in France, before working with society caterer Belinda Edwards in London. Alex has cooked for hundreds of serious palettes – including some legends like Henri Krug, HRH Prince Charles and Dame Margaret Thatcher, as well as some more amusing ones such as Stephen Fry, Peter Cook, John Cleese and Michael Palin.
Formerly private chef of Australian billionaire Kerry Packer for a number of years, Alex has also cooked on one of Queensland’s largest cattle stations and for a group of underprivileged kids on an Australian photographic safari. She worked alongside top Sydney society caterer Belinda Franks before starting her own successful catering company ‘A la Cart’ in Sydney, cooking beautiful food and canapés for corporate board-rooms, weddings and numerous other special occasions including the star-studded Australian Centenary of Film party.
Her experience in making food look fabulous has led her to style numerous cookbooks with Donna Hay, as well as producing beautiful food for two Australian cookbooks as lead stylist – The Riverside Cookbook and Avalon Food.
Alex’s most recent print work is ‘Offerings’, a stunning and acclaimed collection of Cambodian recipes, for which she did research and props sourcing in South East Asia and cooked & photographed the dishes at Markus Summerer’s studio in Sydney. ‘Offerings’ won the Best Asian cookbook in Australia at the recent Gourmand Awards – and was a Finalist for Best Asian cookbook in the World.
With 20 years experience in food advertising, Alex has also presented mouth-watering looking dishes on television and for many clients and their websites – including work for Continental, Masterfoods, Inghams Chickens, Australian Pork, AML (Beef & Lamb) and Woolworths.