What Cooks Talk About – Zoom
Have you ever wondered what a food stylist does? Do you want to know some of the secrets of great cooking? Join us when Cornwallians Frank Way and Frances Boswell meet on Zoom. They’ll discuss food (of course) the food business, the business of food, and how they made it through the pandemic. Frank was the owner and chef at the (now closed) Kent coffee house called frank. food company. Frances is a freelance food stylist. They will also talk about their respective careers, Frank’s new restaurant endeavor (soon to open in West Cornwall), the challenges and joys of food styling, and how they each ended up living in Cornwall. Everyone who attends the event on Zoom will be entered in a drawing for a $20 gift certificate to the new frank. food!Frank Way started his career as an art director for Calvin Klein’s inhouse ad agency. He later worked with numerous brands including Saatchi & Saatchi, Limited Brands, Edelman, and Martha Stewart Living (where he crossed paths with Frances). He wore many hats — art director, creative director, content producer, consultant — including some time at the boutique consulting firm TATTOO in San Francisco, developing and evolving new brands. Frank traveled the globe, developed a passion for understanding cultures and customs, and when the opportunity came for his first foray into food, he approached it like everything else in his career… as a branding opportunity. He opened frank. food company in Kent CT in 2019, and has recently moved it to West Cornwall. The business’s name is not eponymous, rather it is about what it means to be frank with someone. That idea of honesty, integrity and forthrightness are what drive all the decisions he makes about the business. It all begins with real food delivered in an environment that makes you feel at home. frank. food is a place for everyone.
Frances Boswell has worked with food for as long as she can remember. Her first job was “Chopper” at a restaurant when she was 15. She wore swim goggles to protect her eyes from onion fumes. Things improved. She became a private chef and prepared gourmet meals for an adventure travel outfitter. She then joined Martha Stewart Living as part of the magazine’s start up team and rose through the ranks to become Food Editor. After the birth of her first daughter, she worked as a freelance recipe developer and food stylist for several publications including The New York Times, Gourmet, Food and Wine, Oprah, Health, Everyday Food, Cookie, and Town & Country. She then became Food Director for Real Simple Magazine. Wanting to explore her interest in food as it relates to health, she took a hiatus from publishing and studied acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She explains, “Food is energy. Qi (vital force) is energy. Both warm, protect, defend, move, and maintain the body in ways which are at once tangible and intangible. Both engender life.” She stresses the importance of not just diet, but cooking to one’s overall health and vitality. She believes that for food to nourish both our body and spirit it must taste and look beautiful. She channels this when food styling, as evidenced by her stunning photos on instagram
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