Food stylist Lisa Heathcote concocts the culinary delights for the Crawleys of Downton Abbey and the MacKenzies of Starz’s Outlander. With the Masterpiece series starting its fifth season on Jan. 4, she dishes on the process behind her dishes.
Heathcote devises full menus for the dinner scenes on Downton.
“When they are actually sitting at the table, they’ve all got a menu in front of them. Then we basically decide at what point they are in the dinner, what course we’re actually going to see. The rest of the meal is imaginary. But it might be that in the course of the story line we see Mrs. Patmore preparing for this dinner. We might not see what she’s preparing go upstairs, but to make sense of it she’s preparing what they would have eaten in that dinner so that it corresponds.” READ FULL STORY