Design Your Dinner Party
With Alison Attenborough
MaY 29, 2021
Nourish worked with Alison Attenborough when producing our very first beauty story. The concept was to ‘bring the outside in’ and create a garden theme in our studio, adorning beautiful models with an array of flowers. Alison was the perfect specialist to bring on board. With her background as an award winning food stylist, she makes every plate look almost too good to eat! After leaving school at the tender age of 17, Alison trained with the very best for several years and hasn’t looked back since. She has produced numerous cookbooks, celebrity dinner parties and thousands of beautiful food styling shoots.
As summer is finally upon us, and garden dining and celebrating with friends is back on track; we thought it the perfect time to ask Alison for a few of her favorite recipes and decorating suggestions for beautiful platters, or small plates for your summer dining experience.
Here are some of her favorites, accompanied by beautiful herbs and delicious edible flowers.
SHEET PAN FISH DISH with tomatoes and saffron.
Very easy to cook, looks great and is super healthy.
Use 1x 6oz fillet fish per person
Serve with sautéed greens or salad
Cod, pollock or bluefish, rinsed and dried
1.5lb tomatoes (styling tip- different sizes and colors always look nice)
1 clove of minced garlic Sea salt and pepper (tip - I like to use malden flakes and ½ teaspoon Pimenton de Espelette, a mild smokey chili flavor)
Fresh herbs, about a handful (tip - I use some sprigs of tarragon or basil scattered over the fish before baking, with chopped fresh herbs like dill, tarragon, parsley or cilantro to finish. If you can, try to find pretty flowering cilantro or basil)
Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Lay the fish on a sheet tray and sprinkle with salt, pepper and crumbled saffron.
Add tomatoes and a drizzle of olive oil.
Bake for 25-30 mins until the fish is cooked through.
Garnish with chopped herbs and a little more olive oil.
Serve with fresh sauteed greens.
Alison Attenborough is an award-winning stylist, cookbook author, recipe developer and creative director. She has a keen interest in film, fashion, beauty, art and design, which shows through in her work, from styling beauty smears and whips, to styling food, cocktails and houses.
She has a keen eye for detail and loves resourcing. Originally from the UK, she divides her time between NYC and CA and loves to travel. Hence the globetrotting nature of her clientele and project base. Last year, one of her favorites was styling gorgeous cocktails for the St Regis HK.