The creative group that produces City Girl Cooks, the CGC Group is a Story Agency specialized in developing turn-key digital campaigns for luxury food and fashion clients.
What We Do.
Stories that sell are developed by professional writers guided by proven strategies. Our unique Bespoke client services sets us apart, offering curated experiences for discerning individuals. And with our nomadic agency structure, we attract and retain multi-generational talent that keeps us on the cutting edge of digital.
We are motivated to create and are focused on results. And now with cloud-based technology, we can (we must!) do it anywhere.
Journalist, influencer, and brand strategist, MELISSA LUPO has worked for top companies in food, fashion, and film. Her experience spans cities from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC, Milan, Dubai, and Barcelona and includes international brands, studios, and celebrities like Dreamworks Animation, LucasFilm, Maserati, Frette, Furla, Illy Caffè, Campari, Rachel Zoe, Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, and others. Melissa graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelors degree in Language Studies, two years study of International relations, and minor in Food and Culture.
Editor, Food Spy
Food Spy Editor, STEFANO BERTESELLI received his first set of knives at the age of 17 and has had a passion for the kitchen every since. In university, he went on to study journalism and media, working on the side as a cook. After university, he went on to live in Venice Beach, California for three months, absorbing the fresh energy of the local scene before returning to Milan to combine his interests, working in Digital Marketing doing e-commerce and blog writing and articles for one of the largest media outlets in Italy and Food and Beverage clients.
Editor, Newsroom + Staff Writer
Editor of Newsroom & Staff Writer RAFFAELLA PIETROPAOLO taught Design and Presentation Skills at the University of Business and Tourism in Lörrach and worked for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Italian Consulate of San Francisco (CA). A communication expert passionate about journalism and social trends, she has completed an MA in cultural theories and new media at the University of Freiburg where she graduated with top marks with a thesis about Advertising, ethics and cultural movements receiving the Alumni prize. She also attained a BA magna cum laude at the University of Salerno after a year spent at the University of Kent (UK). She interchangeably speaks English, French, Italian and German and has a keen eye for style.
Editor, Rich Picks
A truly international identity has had GIO ABASHIDZE traveling his entire life, exposing him to some of the most innovative and high-concept developments across the luxury lifestyle, living in all parts of the world including London, Moscow, and Milan. Fluent in four languages, Gio was trained at private schools like the British International School and the Golden Section School in Moscow and studied Fashion Business & Interior Design at Marangoni in Milan and The Brera Academy of Fine Arts.
Full Stack Developer
A full-stack programmer and UI designer, Thomas is a French national who holds a Masters degree in telecommunication and network engineering from ENSEEIHT in Toulouse, France. Having worked in a number of countries and emerging markets across Europe and Asia, his diverse skill set and ability to communicate sets him apart as a project manager and SAP technical and functional consultant. Unique to traditional tech developers, his background also includes software programming and sales making him highly adaptable and responsive to special requests and project needs across industries.
MARIA PIA BEJARANO
Born and raised in Lima, Perú, MARIA PIA BEJARANO, has always had an interest in fashion, studying Communications at University of Lima. During her time at various advertising agencies, including Circus Grey, she worked on Community Management projects and assisted in Account Management. In 2016, she decided to move to Barcelona to continue her studies and then pursue a Masters in Fashion Communication and Marketing, both at IED Barcelona. In June 2017, she joined City Girl Cooks as Production Assistant.
Working in the center of the rapidly growing Brazilian market of her home city, Rio de Janeiro, CAMILA SALLES spent four years working in fashion with Lilian Pacce, the top fashion journalist on GNT, part of Latin America’s biggest television company. After having worked as a stylist, and in television production, print, editorials and fashion PR, she is passionate about visual and written channels of communication. Camila graduated from IED in Milan, Italy where she now resides and works on food and fashion projects and social media in addition to her role as production coordinator and assistant to the Editor-in-chief at City Girl Cooks.
Graduating magna cum laude in English and Classics from Wellesley, Massachusetts, KRISTIN KNOX attended Corpus Christi College at Oxford University for her MPhil degree in Greek and Latin Literature. Kristin launched the highly successful blog The Clothes Whisperer, in March of 2009. She then published her first book Alexander McQueen: Genius of a Generation in 2010 and her second book, Culture to Catwalk in 2011. Her experience includes fashion and travel writing for InStyle UK, Fashion Confidential, You Magazine of the Daily Mail, Glam UK and Glam US, StyleSight and Cosmopolitan.co.uk, fashion copywriter for United Colors of Benetton, and a contributing writer for the Financial Times.
We have decades of combined experience creating brand stories for the largest luxury food and fashion clients in the world.
What we do best
SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT
Elite bespoke services and experiences for discerning clients.