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Just call her “magic”-- actually the name is Ulli or the “food goddess”.
If you have ever watched food prepared on a TV talk show or a news program, you have heard the phrase “…. and now, through the magic of television…..” -- at which point the celebrity guest, after showing off his or her cooking skills, pulls out a lovely, plated, finished dish from under the counter. Ulli is that “magic”...; she plans, discusses, shops, prepares, schleps, sets up, cooks, coaches, and, finally, styles the whole segment; behind the scenes, invisible except to the grateful producers, directors, and talent. Talent like Fergie, the Duchess of York, “the Donald”, Kimora Lee Simmons and even the cast of the “Harry Potter” movies, Ulli also styles for celebrity chefs like Paula Deen, Cat Cora, Bobby Flay, Taylor Florence, Jeff Henderson of The Bellaggio, Angela Shelf Medearis, “The Kitchen Diva”, “Take out Chef” Curtis Stone, and even “Top Chef” Ilan Hall …And the list goes on and on.
When a television show needs a food stylist, they call Ulli. She has ‘culinarily’ beautified shows on all of the commercial networks and “The Food Network” where she was Television Food Producer for “Lighten Up”. She started her network career with “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” and today Ulli is the 'go to stylist and consultant' for "the Dr. Oz show" as well as "the Wendy Williams Show" and "Anderson Live".
Ulli grew up in Vienna, Austria, surrounded by beauty and great food. Naturally, her interest in cooking started very early. Her career path led her first to follow her dream of world travel; a 22-year long adventure as a flight attendant for Pan American World Airways (“gone but not forgotten”). Her food passion came in handy even then (in the glamour days of flying), Pan Am served seven-course meals in first class where she always worked - cooked from scratch. The years of travel also introduced Ulli to the food wonders of the world, always learning, exploring, tasting, trying new and not yet explored flavors (sheep’s eyes, any one?), as well as different ways of food preparation, presentation and styles. It also taught Ulli to organize and improvise -- try to get a missing ingredient at an altitude of 38,000 feet -- an invaluable skill in the field of live television food styling.
Ulli trained as a professional chef with Peter Kump at the New York Cooking School (now the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE)), graduating with culinary “cordon bleu” honors. After an internship with Molly O’Neill (then the New York Times Magazine food columnist and always a book author), she was hired by Molly to continue working with her on her second book, “A Well Seasoned Appetite”. Later, Ulli branched out into television food styling -- combining her passion for food with her love for all things beautiful into a successful career. Now she cooks and styles for and with, stars of stage, screen and television, and mixes it up with celebrity chefs from across the country.
Recently, Ulli had a great time being a contestant on "Chopped" and realized how much she enjoyed
the experience of being in front of the camera.
Today, Ulli divides her time between Manhattan, where she lives with her lovely family and Vienna, where part of her heart will always belong.