Born into a family of food mongers, food brokers, cooking prodigies and masters/mistresses of the table and kitchen, Brett has been working with food since childhood, and has been food styling professionally for well over 25 years.
Following the cathartic realization that there was such a thing as “food styling” while attending graduate school studies in sculpture at Temple University in Philadelphia, Brett packed up, and with eclectic degree in hand, moved to NYC. Beginning in the age of film and progressing into the digital age, Brett has experienced the full range of recipes, magazines, books, motion pictures, authors, art directors, products and packaging, personalities, icons and scenarios.
From cooking Christmas dinner with Julia Child, discussing the merits of turkey versus duck with Martin Scorsese, the transformative effect of the most beautiful day spent with Maya Angelou or circus clowns on Ringling Bros Florida winter train, Mayan ruins and fried chicken in Guatemala, creating sandwiches and drinks out of the bejeweled in Milan; the ever-evolving collaborations with those who see with an innovative eye paired with an idiosyncratic world experience have lent to the strength of object and lyricism in Brett’s work. Pairing food with unusual subjects and unexpected combinations have given Brett a unique, niche career.
Cooking is the first language, seeing deftly a close second, humor and the unexpected follow strongly. With such a long and rich experience, Brett Kurzweil has found his way to the top of his field.
Bacardi, Bon Appetit, Coca-Cola, Coors, Citron, Dean & Deluca, Dreyer’s, Essie, Food Network, Grey Goose, Got Milk?, Haagen Dasz, Hershey’s, Honda, Honest Tea, Kate Spade, Knorr, Kraft, Lipton, NBC, New York Times, Nike, Perricone, Refinery 29, Starbucks, Stella Artois, Target, Time, Town & Country, Vogue, Wall Street Journal