meet Cynthia

Chef . Wellness mentor

I am a creative at heart and healthy cooking, beach living, surfing, writing and connecting with others are the things that inspire me. I was born and raised in the South and come from several generations of creative, artistic women. I live near the beach in Charleston, South Carolina, but have always had a serious love for the California coast. I am definitely a little bit of east coast and west coast. I am a total health nut and would describe my cooking style as California-inspired and primarily plant-focused, with some fresh fish and shellfish here and there. The healthy lifestyle and laid-back vibe that are part of living by the beach are major influences in my cooking and our way of living. I hope to create and share food and experiences that inspire connection, health and a feeling of laid-back beach living for people - at the table and beyond.


Professional Bio

Cynthia Groseclose lives (best) in the salt air—whether she’s at her home in South Carolina, working in Manhattan, or on frequent stays on the sunny California coast. Her food styling has been featured in national advertising campaigns, James Beard Award-nominated cookbooks, and regional and national editorial publications. Previous clients include Le Creuset, Food & Wine, Cooking Light, Caribou Coffee, Garden & Gun, Southern Living, and Maker’s Mark. In addition to her styling work, Cynthia’s recipes have been featured in both editorial and digital publications, as well as in the 2017 released Le Creuset Cookbook: A Collection of Recipes From Our French Table.

Growing up, Cynthia spent many a Chattanooga afternoon in her family’s kitchens. Her grandmother’s creamed corn and fried chicken were just the beginning. After college, Cynthia earned a Diplôme de Cuisine at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, and worked in kitchens, including Manhattan’s Restaurant Daniel. Before her work as a food stylist and recipe developer, Cynthia founded Canapé, a Charleston-based boutique catering company that focused on small plates.

Cynthia is certified in plant-based nutrition through The Center for Nutrition Studies at Cornell University. Cynthia loves surfing with her family, and she’s a brand ambassador for the California-based women's surf and lifestyle brand, Carve Designs

  • by Sandy Lang, 2017


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