The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

State and Nation

October 14, 2012

UNA culinary students contribute on set of 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

— The mouth-watering handiwork of University of North Alabama culinary students Vanessa Gerig and Eero Wilson will be seen on the big screen in the upcoming film “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”
 


Gerig, a senior from Towanda, Ill., and Wilson, a senior from Longview, Texas, assisted food stylist and 1978 UNA alumnus Jack White, who has created on-camera food for more than 75 major motion pictures and television shows since 1992.
 


The students arrived in Atlanta Sept. 23 and got right to work on set early the next day.

They worked throughout the week preparing extravagant gourmet dishes like Cornish hens, roasted ducks, suckling pigs, vegetables and cakes to cover nearly 100 feet of a banquet table, they said.
 


“Jack told us it was for the Capitol, so everything had to be colorful and over-the-top,” Gerig said. “He showed me what direction he wanted me to go in, then let me do my thing, and he loved it.”
 


Wilson said he accepted the offer immediately when he got a call from James Perini, who started working with White during the making of the first “Hunger Games” movie.


“I was concerned with how it was going to look, but we got nothing but thumbs up from the people on set,” Wilson said. “We really relied on Jack White. Without him there, it would have been shooting in the dark for us.”
 


While on set, Gerig said she caught a glimpse of stars Jennifer Lawrence, playing Katniss Everdeen; Donald Southerland, playing President Snow; and Woody Harrelson, playing Haymitch.
 


“It’s so neat to be a part of such a big production, so surreal,” she said. “It opened my eyes that culinary students don’t have to just graduate and find a job in a restaurant.”
 


“Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is based on Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel and is set to release Nov. 22, 2013.

1
Text Only
State and Nation
Photos


Poll

Which foreign crisis is the biggest threat to the security of the United States?

Russia-Ukraine
Israel-Palestine
Iraq
None of the above
     View Results
Facebook
AP Video
Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA
Twitter Updates
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Business Marquee