María del Mar is a professional food stylist, art director, and cookbook author. Her work includes print commercial and editorial, cookbooks, TV commercials, and packaging. She came to food via film, photography, and fashion publishing. These diverse visual influences, as well as a keen interest in consuming both words and food, drive her styling aesthetic to be simple and elegant, always with a notion of storytelling via imagery and taste.
María del Mar holds a B.S. in film production from Northwestern University, and graduated top of her class at the French Culinary Institute (now the International Culinary Center). She has worked at Lucky, Vogue, and America’s Test Kitchen where she learned to understand and manipulate image composition and food.
Her culinary knowledge, paired with a voracious appetite and overall lust for color, texture, sound, and flavor allow her to successfully conceptualize and direct work in close collaboration with clients.
She is the author of Winter Cocktails , Summer Cocktails (Quirk Books/Random House), and The Quinoa [Keen-Wah] Cookbook (HarperWave). Based in Chicago and Los Angeles, María del Mar was raised here and there, but mostly in her native Nicaragua.
All-Clad, Banquet, Burger King, Condé Nast, HarperWave (Harper Collins), Healthy Choice, Kellogg's, Kinfolk, Kraft, Marie Callender's, McCormick, McDonald's, Nestlé España, Organic Valley, PepsiCo, Perrier, Pictsweet Farms, PF Chang's, Rachael Ray Magazine, Random House, Sonic, Tillamook, Weldon Owen, Wine Enthusiast
Evi Abeler, Ryan Benji, Julie Bidwell, Aaron Cameron Muntz, Maren Caruso, Zach DeSart, Ben Fink, Nicole Franzen, Alice Gao, Sheri Giblin, Dan Goldberg, Aaron Graubart, William Hereford, Michael Indresano, Eric Johnson, Jeff Kauck, Joe Keller, Brian Kennedy, Kang Kim, Jake Potts, Travis Rathbone, Jack Richmond, Heath Robbins, Jim Scherer, Kevin Smith, Tara Striano, Greg Stroube, Kristin Teig, We Are the Rhoads, Floria Sigismondi, Sharon White, Dasha Wright, Lucas Zarebinski
Photo courtesy of Pancho Gonzalez