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Annabel's Story

Many of our graduates use the Leiths List agency to find work after graduating. Annabel Wray decided to do just that, and she was sent to the Warner Brothers Studios in Leavesden, Hertfordshire, to cook for actors.

“I was initially sent to Leavesden to fill a three day gap,” she says, “so I was bowled over when I was offered a full time job.”          

Annabel ended up cooking for the actors who featured in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Justice League, and Tomb Raider.  

“Cooking on any film set has its own challenges,” Annabel says.      

“The actors only have a very small window in their schedule for each meal, and you only get a ten minute warning. They rarely have time to sit down, so I’ll cook something delicious and satisfying, but I’ll present it in bitesize pieces, so they can eat it with a fork on set.”      

Annabel says film set favourites include Japanese ginger and garlic chicken with black rice and an edamame and sugar snap salad, or pieces of marinated steak with sweet potato rosti and steamed asparagus.      

 

 

“The actors only have a very small window in their schedule for each meal, and you only get a ten minute warning. They rarely have time to sit down, so I’ll cook something delicious and satisfying, but I’ll present it in bitesize pieces, so they can eat it with a fork on set.”

Often, she will need to take into account not just each actor’s preferences, but their aesthetic and nutritional needs too.      

“Some parts require a muscular torso; others demand to be very lean. What the actor eats during filming really affects the way they look, so this is a major consideration, and is usually briefed by the Director.      

“Lara Croft, who appears in Tomb Raider, needed to maintain her fitness for obvious reasons, so her diet was very finely tuned!”     

Last year, the team at Lucas Films asked Annabel to cook on the set of Solo: A Star Wars Story, which will hit cinema screens later on this year.      

But her food wasn’t just headed for the actors’ plates, it would be seen on camera, too.      

“There are various scenes in the film which require actors to eat, and they all feature my food,” Annabel explains.      

“It was such an exciting, creative brief, as everything I designed had to fit into this unidentifiable environment in a galaxy far, far away! I had so much fun creating the food using molecular gastronomy, coloured dyes and gold leaf.      

“I had to make plenty as some scenes had over fifty takes. It was an absolute thrill.”

 

Author: Ailie Bishop

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