A former art director and graphic designer, Cindie began working with Denise in 2001. She styles food for film and print, develops and tests recipes, and authors books including and The Food Stylist’s Handbook, winner of numerous awards and considered to be the food styling bible. Cindie also designs and manages the Denise Vivaldo Group’s marketing, communications, website and social media. Additionally, she is a contributing writer and photographer to DIY Weddings Magazine.
Cindie teaches food styling workshops in Los Angeles as well as private and corporate classes across the country. Students come from all over the world to learn her food styling techniques and tricks.
Along with Denise Vivaldo, Cindie has been producing the podcast Women Beyond A Certain Age since August 2018.
She has worked on dozens of cookbooks, some of her favorites are Do it for Less! Parties, Do It For Less! Weddings, The Entertaining Encyclopedia, Perfect Table Settings (all with Denise Vivaldo), Celebrate by Elizabeth Kurtz, Skinny Bitch Bakery and Skinny Bitch: Ultimate Everyday Cookbook by Kim Barnouin, Pure Food: Eat Clean with Seasonal Plant-Based Recipes by Veronica Bosgraaf, Mariel’s Healthy Kitchen by Mariel Hemmingway; The Date Night Cookbook by Meredith Phillips; Somersize Fast and Easy Cookbook, Somersize Desserts, Somersize Chocolate and Somersize Cocktails by Suzanne Somers.
Her food styling and recipe developing clients include Viking River Cruises, The Good Cook and Bradshaw International, Blaze Pizza, GrubHub, Chicken of the Sea, Minute Rice, Genova, California Avocado Commission, Hass Avocado Board, Mexican Avocado Board, Perdue LLC, California Strawberries, California Tomato Growers Association, California Table Grape Association, The Walnut Board, Sunkist, Melissa’s Specialty Produce, Disney Family and Disney Celebration Center, Farmer John’s, Magic Bullet and Nutri Bullet, NutriSystem, ThinkThin, Kraft, Dole, King’s Hawaiian Bread, Duncan Hines, Trader Joe’s, Vons, Safeway, Bristol Farms, Fresh & Easy Markets, Costco, Walmart, Hamilton Beach, Golin Harris, DS Simon Productions, Auritt Communications Group, Capitol Brands, Padilla CRT, Good Day LA, Access Hollywood, Extra!, KTLA, KABC, Fox TV, USA Network, Bravo, Univision, The TV Guide Channel and TV Land.
In addition to graduating from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, Cindie also studied web design at the UCLA, film editing and special effects at the American Film Institute, and graphic design at Otis Art Institute/Parson’s School of Design.
Cindie creates environments for Joel Stern's origami books: My First Origami Kit, Origami Zoo Kit, Origami City Kit , My First Origami Fairytales Kit and (coming soon) Origami Animals Kit.