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Kristen Hess The Artful Gourmet

Welcome! I’m Kristen Hess, a NYC food stylist, photographer and writer, recipe developer and author of The Artful Gourmet.

Peach, Prosciutto & Mozzarella Salad

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.

Kristen Hess, The Artful Gourmet

I got really serious about food and cooking and started taking a series of cooking and technique courses at The Institute of Culinary Education back 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 a serious affair – and never looked back.

Handmade Gnocchi
Handmade Gnocchi

I studied food writing at Parsons New SchoolGotham Writers/NY Times Knowledge Network and food photography and styling at the International Center of Photography, The Institute of Culinary Education, Perfect Picture School of Photography and PhotoManhattan.

KristenHess_NYC Food Photographer & Stylist

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.

Tuscan Ingredients
Tuscan Ingredients

I’ve studied food styling and photography intensively with many top industry culinary and styling/photography professionals in the industry. I have tons of client experience with top food brands, restaurants, catering companies and Chefs such as The NYS Restaurant Association and Downtown Magazine in New York,  Cholula, Chipotle, NYC Health, Castello CheeseUnileverBacardi, The Works CateringStoli, KitchenAid, Nespresso, BuitoniThe National Pork Board, Good Food Ireland, Baci Perugina Chocolate, Colavita, and more. I have also styled and photographed three cookbooks for  Gary Null Whole Foods and Harper Collins/Stonesong Press.


Lovely Macarons

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 cooking through colorful stories, recipes, styling and photography of my food creations, culinary adventures, events, experiences and people – and ultimately, all about celebrating the creativity of colorful, healthy, gorgeous FOOD.

Gorgeous Raspberries & Light
Gorgeous Raspberries & Light

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.

Santorini Greece
Santorini Greece
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.
Dining in Tribeca NYC
Dining in Tribeca NYC

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!

Food styling + photography portfolio: www.kristenhess.com

Twitter: @artfulgourmet
Facebook: Artful Gourmet
Pinterest: artfulgourmet
Instagram: artfulgourmet


All photos, recipes, styling, design and illustration on this website have been created by Kristen Hess/The Artful Gourmet unless otherwise noted. All content copyrighted © Kristen Hess/The Artful Gourmet 2010-2017, All Rights Reserved.

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 kristen@theartfulgourmet.com or call +1-917-613-5990.


This privacy policy has been compiled to better serve those who are concerned with how their ‘Personally Identifiable Information’ (PII) is being used online. PII, as described in US privacy law and information security, is information that can be used on its own or with other information to identify, contact, or locate a single person, or to identify an individual in context. Please read our privacy policy carefully to get a clear understanding of how we collect, use, protect or otherwise handle your Personally Identifiable Information in accordance with our website.
What personal information do we collect from the people that visit our blog, website or app?
When ordering or registering on our site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your name, email address, phone number or other details to help you with your experience.
When do we collect information?
We collect information from you when you register on our site, subscribe to a newsletter, fill out a form or enter information on our site.
How do we use your information?

We may use the information we collect from you when you register, make a purchase, sign up for our newsletter, respond to a survey or marketing communication, surf the website, or use certain other site features in the following ways:

      To send periodic emails regarding your order or other products and services.
      To follow up with them after correspondence (live chat, email or phone inquiries)


How do we protect your information?

Our website is scanned on a regular basis for security holes and known vulnerabilities in order to make your visit to our site as safe as possible.

We use regular Malware Scanning.

Your personal information is contained behind secured networks and is only accessible by a limited number of persons who have special access rights to such systems, and are required to keep the information confidential. In addition, all sensitive/credit information you supply is encrypted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology.
We implement a variety of security measures when a user enters, submits, or accesses their information to maintain the safety of your personal information.
All transactions are processed through a gateway provider and are not stored or processed on our servers.


Do we use ‘cookies’?
We do not use cookies for tracking purposes
You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser settings. Since browser is a little different, look at your browser’s Help Menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies.
If you turn cookies off, Some of the features that make your site experience more efficient may not function properly.that make your site experience more efficient and may not function properly.
Third-party disclosure
We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your Personally Identifiable Information.


Third-party links
We do not include or offer third-party products or services on our website.



Google’s advertising requirements can be summed up by Google’s Advertising Principles. They are put in place to provide a positive experience for users. https://support.google.com/adwordspolicy/answer/1316548?hl=en

We have not enabled Google AdSense on our site but we may do so in the future.


California Online Privacy Protection Act
CalOPPA is the first state law in the nation to require commercial websites and online services to post a privacy policy. The law’s reach stretches well beyond California to require any person or company in the United States (and conceivably the world) that operates websites collecting Personally Identifiable Information from California consumers to post a conspicuous privacy policy on its website stating exactly the information being collected and those individuals or companies with whom it is being shared. – See more at: http://consumercal.org/california-online-privacy-protection-act-caloppa/#sthash.0FdRbT51.dpuf
According to CalOPPA, we agree to the following:
Users can visit our site anonymously.
Once this privacy policy is created, we will add a link to it on our home page or as a minimum, on the first significant page after entering our website.
Our Privacy Policy link includes the word ‘Privacy’ and can easily be found on the page specified above.
You will be notified of any Privacy Policy changes:
      On our Privacy Policy Page
Can change your personal information:
      By logging in to your account
      By chatting with us or by sending us a support ticket
How does our site handle Do Not Track signals?
We honor Do Not Track signals and Do Not Track, plant cookies, or use advertising when a Do Not Track (DNT) browser mechanism is in place.
Does our site allow third-party behavioral tracking?
It’s also important to note that we do not allow third-party behavioral tracking


COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act)

When it comes to the collection of personal information from children under the age of 13 years old, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) puts parents in control. The Federal Trade Commission, United States’ consumer protection agency, enforces the COPPA Rule, which spells out what operators of websites and online services must do to protect children’s privacy and safety online.

We do not specifically market to children under the age of 13 years old.
Do we let third-parties, including ad networks or plug-ins collect PII from children under 13?


Fair Information Practices

The Fair Information Practices Principles form the backbone of privacy law in the United States and the concepts they include have played a significant role in the development of data protection laws around the globe. Understanding the Fair Information Practice Principles and how they should be implemented is critical to comply with the various privacy laws that protect personal information.

In order to be in line with Fair Information Practices we will take the following responsive action, should a data breach occur:
We will notify you via email
      Within 1 business day
We will notify the users via in-site notification
      Within 1 business day
We also agree to the Individual Redress Principle which requires that individuals have the right to legally pursue enforceable rights against data collectors and processors who fail to adhere to the law. This principle requires not only that individuals have enforceable rights against data users, but also that individuals have recourse to courts or government agencies to investigate and/or prosecute non-compliance by data processors.



The CAN-SPAM Act is a law that sets the rules for commercial email, establishes requirements for commercial messages, gives recipients the right to have emails stopped from being sent to them, and spells out tough penalties for violations.

We collect your email address in order to:
      Send information, respond to inquiries, and/or other requests or questions
      Market to our mailing list or continue to send emails to our clients after the original transaction has occurred.
To be in accordance with CANSPAM, we agree to the following:
      Not use false or misleading subjects or email addresses.
      Identify the message as an advertisement in some reasonable way.
      Include the physical address of our business or site headquarters.
      Monitor third-party email marketing services for compliance, if one is used.
      Honor opt-out/unsubscribe requests quickly.
      Allow users to unsubscribe by using the link at the bottom of each email.

If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, you can email us at
      Follow the instructions at the bottom of each email.

and we will promptly remove you from ALL correspondence.

Contacting Us

If there are any questions regarding this privacy policy, you may contact us using the information below.

635 2nd Ave #4F
New York, NY 10016
United States
Last Edited on 2017-07-08

Kristen Hess, The Artful Gourmet

4 thoughts on “About

  1. What a stunning site you’ve put together. Your posts really make me miss the energy and sophistication of NYC! (I left in ’98 and now live in Denver.)Best of luck with this career — from the looks of the blog you are extremely talented.

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