Judges

Dan Macey, Food Stylist, Food Historian

Dan Macey, Food Stylist, Food Historian

Dan Macey is the principal in dantasticfood, Inc. He celebrates twenty years of making consumers hungry while creating food for eye-appealing, mouthwatering images that appear in cookbooks, print advertising, and grocery stores, as well as on billboards, social media, food packaging, and in the mouths of celebrities on television. Dan is involved with corporate food recipe development, and he also writes about food and food history, contributing to such books as the James Beard award-winning Oxford Companion to Cheese, Savoring Gotham, and We Eat What? He’s also interested in food history and is the president of the Historic Foodways Society of the Delaware Valley. www.dantasticfood.com


Chris Chong, CEO and Executive Creative Director at Redcactus Design

Chris Chong, CEO and Executive Creative Director at Redcactus Design

Chris has been in the creative industry for well over 30 years. He is responsible for the overall business and creative performance of his agency through strong thought leadership, especially in the food and beverage categories, partnering with clients around the global in such countries as China, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, the U.S., Australia and New Zealand. As a specialist in brand and packaging creation, Chris’ passion for food imagery that transports you to another place has grown. He firmly believes in his creative philosophy of “only eat food made by humans.” Chris loves to travel with his wife Leanne and their 3 teenage children, with sampling the local foods always high on his list. He also has a serious love of music. Just ask him about his guitar collection. www.redcactus.co.nz


Jamie Tiampo, Seefood Media

Jamie Tiampo, Seefood Media

Jamie Tiampo is a James Beard Award-winning video producer and founder of SeeFood Media, a culinary video production & photography studio in New York City.  He is a partner in Top Round Chef Made Sandwiches with locations in Los Angeles, Irvine, San Francisco, Louisville and Dallas.  Jamie holds a BSBA from Washington University in St. Louis, a master’s degree in Food Studies from NYU, and a Grande Diplome from the French Culinary Institute. www.seefoodmedia.com


Jeff Kauck, Jeff Kauck Photography

Jeff Kauck, Jeff Kauck Photography

Jeff has an extensive background in watercolor painting and approaches his photography from a watercolorist’s perspective. During his career, he has worked with 60 design and advertising firms, collaborated with 100 brands, and won numerous awards, including a James Beard nomination. Whether it is creating a visual standard for a brand or telling a story for a new campaign, Jeff’s international client base depends on his collaborative working style to bring their visions to life. www.jeffkauckphotography.com


Julie Hettiger, Food Stylist

Julie Hettiger, Food Stylist

A native of Western Carolina, Julie was raised in the food business. She has combined her love of food with her degree in photography to become a nationally recognized food stylist. Based in the culinary crossroads of Houston, Julie is knowledgeable in numerous cuisines of the world, bringing 35 years of award-winning experience to all types of media, including motion pictures, commercials, cookbooks, and product packaging. www.juliehettiger.com


Dawn Heumann - Dawn Heumann Photography

Dawn Heumann - Dawn Heumann Photography

Dawn is an advertising and editorial photographer specializing in food, beverage and lifestyle photography. As a heart-driven storyteller, she loves working with authentic people and telling brand's stories. Dawn has an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and a Master of Fine Art in Photography. She lives in Sonoma County where she finds great pleasure in working with many award-winning restaurants, chefs and loyal wine clients. Outside of Napa and San Francisco, assignments often take her throughout North America and abroad. www.dawnheumann.com


Denise Vivaldo, Author, Food Stylist

Denise Vivaldo, Author, Food Stylist

As a classically trained chef and consultant, food stylist, and culinary producer with over 30 years’ experience, Denise has helped numerous television productions, infomercials, food manufacturers, grocery stores chains, restaurants, publishers, authors and celebrities with their projects and products. Her latest project is her podcast, Women Beyond A Certain Age. She is also a popular contributing blogger to the Huffington Post. She teaches food styling, business, catering, and cooking classes and workshops in a multitude of locations across the country and internationally. She has been a featured guest expert on many television shows. Denise is the author of nine books, including The Food Stylist’s Handbook, 2nd edition, winner of numerous awards and considered to be the food styling bible.


Cindie Flannigan, Author, Food Stylist

Cindie Flannigan, Author, Food Stylist

Cindie started working with the Denise Vivaldo Group in 2001 after graduating Chef de Cuisine from the California Culinary Academy. Before culinary school, Cindie worked as an art director for 20 years. She is an accomplished food stylist, recipe and cookbook developer, instructor, and kitchen manager. She has worked on many large print, infomercial, series television, and celebrity cookbook projects since starting with DVG. Projects include Denise’s own books, two of which she co-authored: The Food Stylist’s Handbook and Do It for Less! Parties. Cindie engineers the Women Beyond A Certain Age podcast.


Lisa Golden Schroeder, Food Stylist

Lisa Golden Schroeder, Food Stylist

A well-seasoned food stylist, Lisa’s background is in food science and journalism, with a classic culinary education in France. She’s worked in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area for most of her career--a longtime hub of creatively effective commercial and editorial food work—where she’s had the opportunity to develop her personal style and collaborate with truly talented designers and photographers. She’s deeply interested in understanding the stories behind food cultures and is inspired by people and the places she’s been, including her own backyard. Lisa co-founded the blog 2fish1dish.com with food shooter Dennis Becker. Together, they co-authored an award-winning book, "Untamed Mushrooms: From Field to Table" (finalist for best cookbook photography & styling at this year’s IACP).


Victoria Granoff, Food Stylist, Creative Director

Victoria Granoff, Food Stylist, Creative Director

To say that Victoria Granof is a colossus in the world of food media is not an overstatement – a maverick, with an unmistakable style, her work as a food stylist and creative director is an inspiration to the whole world of food. Victoria has collaborated with some of the very best photographers and directors to create audacious, dramatic and authentic imagery.  She recently launched another branch of her work as a director, with the short film “Drop the Beet,” which is a celebration of beets in food, fashion, music, and beauty.


DL Acken

DL Acken

DL Acken is an international food writer and photographer based between the West Coast of Canada, the Eastern United States, and the UK. Her photography aims to engage people more closely with the world around them, and with the love of food that feeds body and soul. www.dlacken.com | instagram.com/dlackenphotos


Mark Boughton

Mark Boughton

Mark Boughton is an award winning advertising and editorial photographer, specializing in his two passions: food and beverage photography. His creative lighting techniques, attention to detail, style and composition, and constant research on trends has led him to be one of Nashville's top food photographers. Over his 25+ years as a food photographer, Mark has earned the trust of many leading national and local restaurant accounts as well as cookbook authors and recipe and packaging companies. Mark's love of travel has also allowed him the opportunity to discover many of the country's small farms and restaurants, highlighting people, food, and beautiful places.


Stephen Hamilton

Stephen Hamilton

Stephen Hamilton is a commercial food and beverage director and photographer based out of Chicago and New York. His work is visible almost everywhere you see images of beautiful food. From television, national magazines, online, cookbooks, packaging, international publications, food and photography blogs, to seven seasons of Top Chef as well as an influencer on social media with thousands of followers.

Stephen’s iconic work is renowned for its natural lighting style and tight taste appeal.His “real life” approach of capturing motion and images has garnered the attention of the largest brands in the world. Stephen has also appeared as a guest Quickfire judge on Top Chef Masters, has been interviewed by NBC, CBS and is a sought after authority on food photography.

Over the last 25 years, his work has won numerous awards; Graphis International, International Photography Master Cup and has also won recognition and awards from Communication Arts (CA), Photo District News (PDN), Graphis and How magazine.Stephen is also the publisher of the acclaimed online magazine, Who’s Hungry?® (whoshungrymagazine.com), which brings the worlds of photography and food together in one mouth-watering place. The magazine features his images, insights on creating food photography, recipes and essays from noted writers and celebrity chefs, food, travel, plus seasonal features. Stephen will be publishing his coffee table book coming out later this year.


Patti Schumann

Patti Schumann

Schumann & Company celebrates 25 years representing a select group of award winning photographers/directors noted for their distinct and visionary talent. Patti Schumann, agent and consultant, passionately combines her love of all things visual with her keen interest in finding strategic collaborative solutions. She tirelessly promotes industry standards through seminars, workshops and engagement with professional associations, colleges and universities.

Schumann & Company specializes in the development of strategic marketing plans for commercial photographers/directors. Additional services include: photo editing for portfolios, websites, and web portals, portfolio sequencing and design, seminars and workshops for professional associations, colleges, and universities.


Christina Peters

Christina Peters

Christina Peters is an award winning photographer and has been taking pictures since she was 8 years old. She grew up in Newark, Delaware.  She moved to California in 1989 to attend Art Center College of Design where she received her second degree in photography in 1993 and has been shooting ever since. She decided to concentrate in food photography for the last 16 years.

In 2010 Christina started her Food Photography Blog and started teaching food photography workshops in 2011 at her studio in Marina Del Rey, California. In 2017 she launched the first  membership site about food photography called, the Food Photography Club. This site is dedicated to all things food photography with video content, live webinars, and a private community to teach you how to be a professional food photographer.

Some of her past photography clients are:  Arby's, Baja Fresh, Bath and Body Works, Bristol Farms Markets, Brookside Chocolates, Bumble Bee Tuna, Burger King, Campbell's Soups Souplicty Brand, Cesar Pet Food, Chipotle, Cici's Pizza, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Country Crock, Domino's Pizza, Gelson’s Markets, Good Life Dog Food, Kraft, Libby's, Marriott Hotels, McDonald's, Nestle, Pedigree Pet Food, Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt, Rubios Grill, Taco Bell, Tyson Chicken, Whole Foods Markets, UPS, Walmart, Weight Watchers, Wrigley's, various cookbooks, several ad agencies, design firms and national magazines. 

https://www.christinapeters.com/
https://foodphotographyblog.com/
https://www.foodphotographyclub.com/
https://www.facebook.com/TheFoodPhotographyClub/