Melina's daily work is to tease out the playful gesture and robust flavor in food, triggering all the involuntary belly rumbles. Ad Week says: "The New York-based food stylist Melina Hammer does it all: cooking, styling, and photography."
She is also a recipe developer and good food champion, and author of the best-selling book Kid Chef, written to empower kids - and kids-at-heart - in the kitchen. Melina writes columns at Where Women Cook centered around Cooking with Kids, Food Trends, and Eating with the Seasons, and produced a series with Food52 geared towards eating resourcefully day-to-day. She works with brands and companies such as La Tourangelle Artisan Oils, Vitamix, Callisto Media, Edible Communities, and Simon Malls to develop delicious and healthy eating content and recipes.
Melina is a 2018 IACP awards finalist, recognized for making food look its very best. She has taught cooking and styling workshops, from the National Association of Nutritionists and Dietitians to The International Culinary Center (formally the French Culinary Institute), and performs cooking demos with children of all ages. When she isn't in the kitchen or on set collaborating with clients such as The New York Times, Eating Well, and Blue Apron, she loves to make feasts from available scraps in the fridge and wanders the forest foraging wild foods.
To highlight what it takes to grow fresh food, Melina has traveled from Alaska to Alabama, documenting family farmers adopting organic and sustainable practices, showcasing the fruits from their tireless labor. Melina is a supporter of Edible Schoolyard, Food & Water Watch, National Resources Defense Council, and Friends of the Earth. Follow her adventures on Instagram, at https://www.instagram.com/melinahammer/ and at her blog, lickingtheplate.com.