About Harriet

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Professional experience summary

Harriet Harcourt is a seasoned food professional with more than 30 years’ experience.

A Cordon Bleu graduate, Harriet’s culinary skills and experience span a wide spectrum of activities across the food industry. This includes food styling, catering, film catering, demonstrating, recipe & product development, food columnist, and blogger.

In recent years Harriet added photography to her skill set and has since been steadily building a client base which includes the New York Times along with iconic West Australian brands Mrs Mac’s, Fogarty Wine Group, Clancy’s Fish Pubs, WA Potatoes, and many others (see Harriet Harcourt’s client list).

Previously short-listed in the 2017 & 2018 Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year competition, in 2021 Harriet won the Marks & Spencer Food Portraiture category for her photograph of Mulled Pears.
It was t
he 10th anniversary of this prestigious competition which attracted over 10,000 entries from 80 countries – needless to say it is a major career highlight.

Career

Harriet Harcourt Food Styling & Catering was established in 1987 and quickly developed an extensive range of local and international film, agency, corporate, and private clients.

As a food stylist, Harriet has worked on high profile international television commercials, feature films and dramas, and stills photography shoots for the commercial and advertising media.

Harriet was the food technician for The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy, “King Kong and Avatar; designing and creating props food as part of those stories filmed in New Zealand. This included major scenes involving huge volumes of food, as well as producing ‘identical’ food items in two different scales when required.

She has worked in remote and unusual environments and is highly adept at dealing with changing, difficult and sometimes odd requirements that can crop up at times in the creative process.

Harriet has presented many successful cooking demonstrations both for charity and profit. Her own ‘Wild Woman in the Kitchen’ and follow-up ‘Warriors in the Kitchen’ (cooking for blokes) series proved especially popular for her informative and fun approach to teaching.

She has appeared many times on radio and television as a food commentator contributing to discussions on food trends, reviewing books, and sharing stories and recipes from her own repertoire.

As a highly regarded food stylist and caterer she has contributed to a variety of cookery books, including the New Zealand Quick Smart Cookbook and Quick Smart Gourmet, and written food articles for commercial publications.

In parallel with her other culinary activities, Harriet successfully manufactured and marketed her own range of ‘Harriet’s’ marinades and dressings over a period of twelve years – now made and sold under licence.

She continues to hone her professional skills, and maintains a keen interest in new ingredients, trends and techniques.

A New Zealander living in Perth, Harriet continues to offer her talents as a photographer, food stylist, recipe developer, and consultant in the local, national and international market.