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November 19, 2013

The Taste Makers

These days, well-dressed can describe both what you make out of a closet and inside a kitchen. As foodie-ism has come into fashion, the fashionable set has flocked to the world of food. Meet eight women making their way at the intersection of sustenance and style.

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of David Schulze

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BARRETT PRENDERGAST
31, LOS ANGELES

Caterer to the Stars

WHAT SHE DOES: Owner and executive chef at Valleybrink Road, her catering company.

DAILY UNIFORM: Vintage dresses, Yasmine Floral Design flower crowns, and flats. "No cooking clogs for me. Fashion first!"

FASHION CRED: The Los Angeles native worked for Karen Zambos Vintage Couture, then launched a luxury handbag line called Sud de Sur with her then-fiancé, André Vippolis. They shuttered the company earlier this year. "I would come home and cook at night as a stress release," Prendergast says. "What I really loved about fashion was the creative side, and I find I have so much more of that now with food."

FOOD FORAY: Prendergast started keeping a food blog to chronicle her creations, which inspired her to launch a catering company. "My friends would ask for recipes and if I would cater their dinner parties. From there it took off." Her fashionable followers include jewelry designer Irene Neuwirth and actress Kate Mara, for whom she creates dishes like her burrata and nectarine salad with prosciutto and edible flowers.

OCCUPATIONAL HAZARD: "My husband knows every pasta shape under the sun, but I recently learned that his knowledge of vegetables does not run as deep." When she sent him out to buy last-minute turnips for a wedding she was catering, he came back with bags and bags of rhubarb. "Lesson learned."


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