Movie food stylist speaks to Fidelia Club

AMORY – Lee Ann Flemming, food stylist for the movie, “The Help,” presented her program for the Fidelia Club on Tuesday, Jan. 30, at the Culinary Arts Room at Amory Career & Technical Center.
Flemming, a junior high math and high school home economics teacher at Carroll Academy, also writes a weekly food column for the Greenwood Commonwealth and is a frequent contributor to the paper’s quarterly magazine, Leflore Illustrated.  She has written and published her own cookbook, “Recipes and Remembrances,” that includes recipes from her first 100 articles and some of her favorite articles.  The Cruger native is also working on another cookbook, which she hopes to release in the fall of 2013.

ALICE ORTIZ/MONROE JOURNALSIGNING COOKBOOKS – Food stylist for "The Help" and cookbook author Lee Ann Flemming (seated)  signs copies of her cookbook for Kim Knox, left, and Laurie Stevenson, right.

SIGNING COOKBOOKS – Food stylist for “The Help” and cookbook author Lee Ann Flemming (seated) signs copies of her cookbook for Kim Knox, left, and Laurie Stevenson, right.

She received a phone call from a lady connected with the movie while in the pre-production stages if she would like to be the food stylist for “The Help,” mostly filmed in Greenwood.
“I said yes, even though I didn’t know what a food stylist was,” Flemming said.
The film crew was looking for a pie to use in the movie and took Flemming’s suggestion of a chocolate chess pie that would be called, “Minnie’s Pie.”
“I never knew a pie could change your life, but that pie changed mine. It has opened doors and given me opportunities I would never have dreamed about,” Flemming said.
She worked on the movie from June 1 to October 1, and was on call 24/7. The food had to look good, but was not eaten. It was thrown in the garbage when the crew finished filming each scene with it.
According to Flemming, no oil could be used in the cooking because it might get on the clothes of the actors.
The Fidelia Club and guests were treated to Minnie’s pies as refreshment. The pies were made by Amory High School’s culinary arts students.
Flemming, a highly entertaining speaker, kept the audience laughing at the events of her life and involvement with the movie. During the question and answer session, it was evident that the culinary arts students could relate to her in their responses to the program.
Flemming encouraged the culinary arts students to never give up and to pursue their dreams.