Our Jury

Our jury was chosen to represent us as food photographers and food stylist. The jury consists of three
brilliant food photographers, two best in class food stylists and an amazing food creative director.


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 vision to life. www.jeffkauckphotography.com/

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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/


Dawn Heumann - Dawn Heumann Photography

I am an advertising and editorial photographer specializing in food, beverage and lifestyle photography. As a heart-driven story teller I thrive working with authentic people and telling brand's stories. With an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and a Master of Fine Art in Photography there isn’t a subject I wouldn’t explore or a story that doesn’t interest me. I live in Sonoma County where I find great pleasure working with so many award-winning restaurants, chefs and loyal wine clients. Outside of Napa and San Francisco assignments often take me throughout North America and abroad. 

Always bringing an energetic, positive, and can-do attitude while nurturing my interpersonal client relationships, I take pride in being the photographer who you want to be on set with. www.dawnheumann.com/


Denise Vivaldo - The Denise Vivaldo Group

Denise Vivaldo has been a food stylist in Los Angeles for 30 years. She is the author off The Food Stylist’s Handbook as well as 8 other books. She teaches and speaks all over the world. www.denisevivaldogroup.com


Dan Macy - dantasticfood, inc.

Dan Macey is the principal in dantasticfood, inc., celebrating twenty years of making consumers hungry creating food for eye-appealing and mouthwatering images that appear in cookbooks, in print advertising, in grocery stores, on billboards, on social media, on food packaging, and in the mouths of celebrities on television. Besides food styling, Macey is also involved with corporate food recipe development and 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 is 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 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 when it comes to food and beverage, partnering with clients around the global in: China, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, United States, Australia and New Zealand. A specialist in brand and packaging creation over the 30 plus years has seen Chris’ passion for food escalate, especially imagery that transports you to another place of discovery. He firmly believes in his creative philosophy of “only eat food made by humans”. Chris has a deep passion for travel with his wife Leanne and their 3 teenage children, with food always high on the list. He also has a serious love of music… just ask him about the guitar collection. www.redcactus.co.nz/