Valerie Aikman-Smith is a chef, food stylist, consultant and cookbook author based in Los Angeles. She first cooked at the innovative Greens restaurant in San Francisco alongside Annie Somerville and then worked at the legendary Alice Waters Berkeley eatery, Chez Panisse.
Valerie soon segued her chef skills and talent into food styling. Her first film assignment was James Cameron's TITANIC. That venture led to a succession of movies such as Oceans 11, Vanilla Sky, XXX2 State of the Union, The Family Stone, Bi-Centennial Man, The Wild Wild West, Bounce and Town & Country.
Her editorial work includes international assignments for Bon Appetit magazine where she has cooked and styled her way through the Greek Islands, Paris, Mexico, Croatia, Scotland and the USA. Additionally, her work is seen in many cookbooks, commercials, print and advertising campaigns.
As a Culinary Producer and Food Stylist she has worked on the Emmy award winning Food Network shows Every Day Italian and Giada at Home. She styled the launch of the “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” campaign for Target, which features Giada De Laurentiis’s debut food and cookware line.
Valerie is the author and stylist of the cookbooks Cooking in Cast Iron and Juicy Drinks for Williams Sonoma. Smoke & Spice, Pickled & Packed and SALT published by Ryland Peters & Small. Her new book CITRUS with Ten Speed Press, Random House is out now.
She is also a contributor to Sweet Paul Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, GFF and Crate & Barrel.