Chef . stylist . mother . surfer . Writer
I’ve always felt the most at home in the kitchen. Like my mom and grandmother, I am an artist at heart and I like to think of food as my canvas. I would describe myself as a bit of a health nut and my aspirations for wanting to live as healthy of a life as possible and cook healthy food for my family inspired me to want to dive deeper into studying health, wellness and plant-based nutrition. All of these things and my deep love for all things coastal inspire my cooking and lifestyle.
I’ve talked to so many people who struggle to find the time or inspiration to cook a healthy meal and I have realized so many people have a real need for creative, healthy cooking ideas to help make the kitchen a place for joy and creativity, not overwhelm. I’ve learned that in this busy, digital age people are looking for more authentic ways to connect and often something as simple as gathering with family and friends at the table to share a meal can be a challenge. I am inspired to help change this.
After years of working as a stylist in the creative world with food, I’m following my passions with cooking, lifestyle, the beauty of food and community to inspire lifestyles that are filled with healthy food, connection and lots of delicious meals shared around the table.
Words I’m Inspired By
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, Yoga Journal, Mind Body Green, Caribou Coffee, Garden & Gun, Southern Living, Sutter Home 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