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I get paid to be a food stylist

I get paid to be a food stylist

The Eiffel Tower was built in a day, at least the one by Nir Adar. The professional food stylist used 168 scoops of ice cream to create a 48-inch replica of the Parisian landmark.

"The prep time was eight hours, and then 20 minutes of shooting, and then it started melting. It's a thing you do once in a lifetime, it was really beautiful," the professional food stylist said in an interview with CNBC's "Power Lunch. "

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Transforming food is what New York-based Adar has been doing for 25 years. Most of his work is styling food for TV commercials.

"Before shoots I usually get dozens, sometimes hundreds of pages of recipes from a particular client. I sit with my assistant, then each person gets their marching orders. It's very much like a small military operation," Adar said.

It requires a lot of patience, and a lot of food. "For one perfect shot, we can go through about fourteen hundred ribs," Adar said. That was the case for a TGI Fridays commercial in which ribs were the star.

Food stylist Nir Adar’s creation of a ball made out of cooked eggs.
Colin Cooke

Adar has used just about every food group in any which way you can imagine but there's one thing he'd still like to do.

"I love chocolate, I'm fascinated by the material. For a long time I've actually wanted to wrap bodies with chocolate and let them go into a refrigerator for five minutes and have them solid and make them move, shoot the models with chocolate and the chocolate actually cracks and starts going back to liquid form." Adar said.

Adar's unique ability to transform food into art ensures he'll never be hungry for work, something he doesn't take for granted.

"I am the luckiest person in the world. I get paid every day to do what I love to do," he said.