Welcome! I’m Kristen Hess, a NYC food stylist, photographer and writer, recipe developer and author of The Artful Gourmet.
My background is in design and advertising but I made the leap into the food world back in 2010 when i quit my full time job and decided to start my own business and this blog.
I got really serious about food and cooking and started taking a series of cooking and technique courses at The Institute of Culinary Educationback in 2007. I loved it so much I was hooked for life! French, Italian, Spanish, Tuscan, Provencal, Thai, Malaysian, Healthy Cooking, Fine Cooking, Italian Cooking, Southern Cooking – you name it, I studied it (and still do!); fell in love with food and decided this was aserious affair – and never looked back.
I moved into my food media career as a natural extension and perfect blend of my culinary training and creative background, and started doing freelance food writing, food styling, photography and recipe development.
The Artful Gourmet is the product of plenty of late nights of planning and dreaming, reading and writing, cooking and eating, and styling and shooting. My purpose is to celebrate the art of food and cookingthroughcolorful stories, recipes, styling and photography of my food creations, culinary adventures, events, experiences and people – and ultimately, all about celebrating thecreativity of colorful, healthy, gorgeous FOOD.
There’s so much beauty in a bright red raspberry or a fresh green basil leaf. A dark chocolate brown coffee bean. A luscious orange tangerine. And this is what color can do – inspire, lift us up, ignite imagination and creativity, set a mood – not only in our recipes and on our plates, but in our environments, our homes, our lifestyles, and all around us. Colorful food and creative healthy cooking is an art form, an expression, beauty.
I’ll be updating content weekly, with stories and photos around food and cooking, recipes and cooking techniques, restaurant reviews, chef and local artisan interviews, stories on foodie neighborhoods, local markets and favorite food finds in New York City and other places I have lived in and traveled to around the world that have been a source of inspiration to me. I hope to be that for others by sharing my own culinary experiences, recipes and stories with people as passionate about food as I am.
I’m am proud to be a part of an amazing food community and look forward to sharing my recipes, stories, discoveries and photography with you all – Bon Appetit!
If you would like to share my content on your blog, website or social media please ask for my express permission first, and please credit me with a link “Story or Photos by Kristen Hess / The Artful Gourmet”. Please send me a link when you post it, and I’d be happy to share your site with links to my content on social media.
For commercial use, print use, publication and general distribution, please inquire about custom photo licensing rates at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +1-917-613-5990.
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It’s also important to note that we do not allow third-party behavioral tracking
COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act)
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Do we let third-parties, including ad networks or plug-ins collect PII from children under 13?
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CAN SPAM Act
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