Storytelling is the center of my world. Born in Cold Spring Harbor, NY to a lineage of whalers, barrel-makers, and gardeners, Victoria is the youngest of four children raised by a fireman and nurse, and granddaughter to NY State’s first female Supreme Court Justice. Honoring inclusivity above all else, I am drawn to boundary breakers, dirt-in-hand cultivators, and fearless artisans. The saltier the story, the better.

 

My first job out of college kept me near the ocean in Bridgehampton, where I became an editor for Dan’s Papers, a weekly magazine in the Hamptons. While there, I wrote several weekly features and covered beats like restaurant openings, cocktail culture, fine art, and celebrity happenings ( remember P. Diddy’s infamous White Party?)

Eager to immerse myself in creative storytelling full-time, I earned my MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and graduated in 2011. While there, I focused mostly on short stories and learned to apply the art of narrative to different mediums including photography and film. I also produced and directed “The Facebook Fix,” my  first documentary film on the relationship between Facebook and narcissism.

My love and respect for food, drink, and travel has allowed me to explore cuisines, wine regions, and distilleries around the world. Over the last decade, my work in public relations and marketing for chefs, spirits producers, and wines has not only provided me the necessary education but the skills to create strong messaging and consumer loyalty on behalf of the brands.

Most notably, I have worked with and been inspired by award-winning and Bravo's Top Chef food star, Tanya Holland, who is currently on the board of trustees at the James Beard House and host of the show, “Tanya’s Kitchen Table,” produced for OWN. In my current role at Colangelo & Partners, I work with clients from around the globe (Italy, Spain, Sweden, Ireland, Scotland, China, Japan, Venezuela, Japan) to develop fresh and authentic strategies and content. ​

Victoria Cooper