About Giannina

My name is Giannina Gonzalez, I am a food stylist and a classically-trained chef in Manila, Philippines who has a good background in photography and multimedia arts. I have experience in both photo and video production for food and beverage segments, how tos, recipe books, TVCs, commercial and editorial projects.

I have been working as a food stylist since 2006 and have been loving it ever since. I’ve worked as a food styling assistant for local and international food stylists, I have a background as a research and development chef, and am a graduate of the Communication Arts at DLSU.

I currently have a team of skilled individuals who can help your visual projects come to life.



Get in touch with me: giannina@foodstyling-manila.com

I am also on IG: @giannina_g


 What else?

As far as I can remember, I have lived and breathed food because I come from a family of gourmets and lavish party hosts (which is not a bad thing at all). Being in a family of chefs (Cafe Ysabel), my daily routine has 90% food in it.

I finished my Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts in De La Salle University Taft, where I decided to make my thesis into a food experience. I was a frustrated photographer back then, I loved portrait photography and made sure that I kept my hobby alive by converting our basement into a dark room for black and white prints. After that, I finished my Professional Culinary & Pastry Arts training at the Center for Asian Culinary Studies and flew off to the US to train under Delores Custer and Denise Vivaldo for food styling. I did a short apprenticeship with one of Australia’s top food stylists, Janet Mitchell, during my trip to Sydney & Hunter Valley in 2010.

I have my own little bark-ery creating natural pet food and treats at Whole Pet Kitchen. I am also the COO at the Center for Asian Culinary Studies.

I love traveling the world and sampling out all sorts of food, especially the local fare. I spend a lot of time looking for good quality, cheap eats around the city…and when I find one, I write my experience. Aside from food, I love photography and I do it as a hobby. I love to write about food and the experience it imparts on the people who eat it. I haven’t updated my blog for quite a while, for now, I’ve made it a bit more visual by adding photos of my works and BTS.

I set-up this blog so that I can practice more of my craft by recording my own food styling projects, aside from keeping track of all the lovely food I’ve been eating. This blog started in May of 2008.

Disclaimer: At the moment, I do not accept advertisements and I do not accept invites to do restaurant reviews. I think this is the best way for me to write an unbiased review for my site and its readers. My site is free to share with everyone but please ask the proper permissions prior to copying / downloading / hot linking to any of the articles or media found here. Please do not use any of the photos here, you can get in trouble should a big company who owns the copyright find it being used in your site or print materials. 

Thanks for visiting! 🙂


  1. do you offer a food styling class?

  2. I guess I have the same question/ Do you offer a food styling class or maybe a short course?


  3. giannina

    yup, short course. batch for this year is finishing this weekend

  4. May I know when the next batch of food styling class is? REALLY interested.

  5. giannina

    You just missed the last batch. 🙁 the next one will be in 2010

  6. Hi there. You might be interested in this article about styling food for film:

    Film Food, Ready for Its ‘Bon Appétit’

  7. Hi,

    Do you already have dates for the food styling classes this 2010? My friend is very much interested in food styling and we’re trying to help him out research possible classes he can enroll in.

    where can we see the schedule, class fees, requirements (things to buy, etc.) is it possible if you could email them personally?


  8. Ma. Thelma F. Lopez


    I am also interested in food styling classes for this year, May I know the requirements and the schedule too…Pls.. I really wanted it so badly..KIndly email it to me personally…THank you so much!!!

  9. Yano Que

    Hi there. 🙂 please do let me know when your next food styling class is. 😉 thanks! 😀

  10. i would love to join . . .hope to be informed of the next food styling class.

  11. @mar yeah it looks like a pretty busy year for the school. maybe early next year would be the next one

  12. Hi Giannina,

    I’m 22 and I have always been interested in food styling but I have a hard time finding a school/ course that is available here in Manila. Would you have any recommendations?

    Thank you. 🙂


  13. Hi Nikki!
    Actually we have it at CACS but I don’t know when we’ll open it this year. My mentor Denise Vivaldo teaches it in LA and in Singapore. 🙂

  14. Hi! I was trying to subscribe to your blog but I keep getting an error page. Is there another way for me to get updates of your posts?

  15. @Guia hi guia! i think i fixed it already!

  16. Jonathan L. Salvacion

    Hi! When is your next food styling workshop? I would like to join. By the why, if you are really throwing away some of your fake ice cubes, may I just by them?

  17. I still don’t have a schedule when the next one will be. But as for the ice, I don’t think I’ll be throwing any of them away after all the trouble I went through just to get them. They’re really gems!

  18. Hi, just dropped by to commend your blog. Such a nice blog 🙂 By the way, would you be kind enough to share your email address just incase I have something in mind to share? Thanks!

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