When I was sixteen I got a job as a dishwasher. How's that for a romantic food story? I feel very fortunate, at least looking back, to have come into cooking at the bottom of the food chain and working my way up. I graduated from The Culinary Institute of America in 1999 and moved to San Francisco where I spent six years cooking in restaurants. I have been food-styling since 2005 when I moved back to Iowa. I approach shoots with a focus on service and have a clear understanding that the client's goals are my goals.