Before her jump to food media, Stockton ran her own graphic design company for 20 years, followed by her own catering and special event firm for two years. After briefly working at La Tulipe and freelancing as a food stylist, Stockton joined the budding Food Network as a freelance stylist and a cook, but her responsibilities quickly grew and she developed the Food Network into a food authority, while increasing its staff from six to dozens. She made cookbook authors of her team, with the network’s publication of Food Network Kitchens Cookbook, Making it Easy, and Food Network Kitchens Get Grilling, in addition to providing content and recipes for departments that include the network’s website, marketing, sales, production, and its parent company’s news service. She was a key contributing partner to Food Network for 18 years before retiring. She now is a member of the Board of Directors for the Food Education Fund for New York City's Food & Finance High School.
- Institute of Culinary Education, Culinary Arts, 1993