Denise Stillman is a Southern Californian based food stylist, yet her work has taken her from coast-to-coast. Over the past 25 years she has created visually striking food compositions for packaging, advertising, cookbooks, editorial work, television, and film.
After obtaining a communications degree from UCSD, Denise embarked on a career in the food industry. Her formal training began with a year of intensive cooking classes in San Diego. This awoke her passion for the culinary arts and led her to attending La Varenne Cooking School in Paris, France.
After completing her course work at La Varenne, Denise returned to Southern California and began work as a chef at Le Chardonnay Restaurant in the Registry Hotel in Irvine. This was followed by a chef’s position at Antoine’s Restaurant in Le Méridien Hotel in Newport Beach.
Over these years of working as a chef she realized that her favorite part of the job was presentation in which she excelled. A photographer familiar with her work was impressed by the presentation suggesting she venture into the world of food styling.
The idea resonated strongly with her so in 1986 she shifted careers and began to build her portfolio as a stylist. As her food stylist business grew Denise began doing work for blue-chip clients such as Coca-Cola, Nestlé’s, Burger King, Bon Appétit and iconic campaigns such as Got Milk?
Denise is passionate about creating a stunning culinary rendering. She relishes in elevating the ordinary to extraordinary. As a food stylist, Denise delights in meticulously creating a culinary presentation that is visually enticing and intrigues the palate.