Welcome! I’m Kristen Hess, a NYC food photographer and food stylist, writer, recipe developer and author of The Artful Gourmet. I have worked in advertising and design for a majority of my career but have always loved food and cooking from my earliest days.
I got really serious about food and cooking when I moved to NYC and started taking a series of cooking and technique courses at The Institute of Culinary Education. 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.
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 and photography and culinary video. I’ve studied food writing at Parsons New School, Gotham 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.
I’ve also 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 Cheese, Unilever, Bacardi, The Works Catering, Stoli, KitchenAid, Nespresso, Buitoni, The 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.
CHECK OUT MY ONLINE PORTFOLIO HERE!
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.
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’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
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