The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, N.Y.
Associate in Culinary Arts, 1999

Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fl.
B.A. in Creative Writing, Minor in Visual Arts, 1987

Professional Experience

Freelance Food Stylist, Recipe Developer, Tester, Writer, May 2000-present

Providing recipe development, recipe testing, food styling and writing services for print, digital and video applications. Clients include Hy-Vee Supermarket Company, Restaurant Business Magazine, Duncan Hines, Anheuser-Busch, Taste of Home, Simple & Delicious, Cooking Light, Health Magazine, Cottage Living,, ChefsBest, Florida Travel & Life, the Whole Grains Council, Bolzano Artisan Meats.

Sr. Food Stylist, Trusted Media Brands, Inc., Milwaukee, WI. April 2010 - January 2018

Responsible for image quality control and hands-on food styling for TMBI, Inc. (previously known as Reader's Digest)  properties including their flagship Taste of Home Magazine, Simple & Delicious Magazine, special interest publications and cookbooks, and social media outlets as well as external clients including Anheuser-Busch, Every Day with Rachel Ray, Pillsbury, Hungry Jack, E & J Gallo, Eggland's Best, Folger's, Galbani Cheese and more.

Responsible for training and managing full time and freelance food styling staff

Developing and testing recipes

Developing and producing story ideas, cover concepts, video storyboards and other special projects as needed

Assistant Manager Campbell Soup Company, Camden, NJ. Dec. 2008 - Dec. 2009

Developed food styling standards and training manual for Campbell Soup Company web photography

Served as Culinary Project Director overseeing freelance staff and shepherding production of 500+ images for re-launch

Provided the following services to Campbell's brands including Campbell's Soups, Swanson, Wolfgang Puck Soups, V8:

  • Managed recipe strategy from initial concept through final photography
  • Managed freelance food stylists for packaging photography
  • Served as culinary liaison to brands regarding product and recipe usage
  • Produced corporate tasting events for new product line extensions
  • Crafted romance language and provided language review for all marketing efforts
  • Created retail consumer product preparation directions
  • Provided culinary support to innovation teams

Test Kitchen Associate Cooking Light Magazine, Birmingham, Al. July 2001 -Nov. 2008

Developed, tested and edited recipes to meet story, nutritional and aesthetic needs

Developed, wrote and edited content for print and web applications

Provided food styling for video, digital and print applications in studio and on location

Product testing and review

Public relations efforts including seminars, demonstrations and quality assurance in conjunction with Cooking Light Norwegian Cruise Line cross marketing ventures