Here’s a fascinating article about how food commercials are produced.
I’ve never been to a TV food shoot, but food photography shoots are NOT glamorous at all. It’s like, as my boss would say, “watching paint dry” – it would take at least 2 hours per shot.
If you read this article (again, I’d highly recommend it), read it to the end – they interview a guy who builds food-tossing devices. There’s job for everything. . .