Matt Abdoo was the Chef de Cuisine of Del Posto, under whose tenure the restaurant received a coveted four-star review from The New York Times and the Relais & Chateaux distinction. Prior to opening his own restaurants, Matt first earned his BBQ chops during his time working on America's highly competitive barbecue circuit with team Salty Rinse, who received the 2nd place medal for Whole Hog in 2015 and the 1st place medal for Best Sauce (Mustard) at the annual Memphis in May World Championship. Matt is a frequent guest chef on The Today Show, has appeared on many national cooking shows, and is the Executive Chef and a Co-Owner of Pig Beach.
Mary Beth Albright is a food expert and writer with The Washington Post, and a Food Network Star and Iron Chef America Finalist. Before working at the Post, she worked with legendary Surgeon General C. Everett Koop on health and food issues, and attended Georgetown Law School (graduating cum laude), where she advised on food systems and managed a White House initiative. She also worked at the D.C law firm of Williams & Connolly and Roll Call, the oldest Capitol Hill newspaper. Mary Beth is a frequent panel moderator, including for the U.S. State Department and the Smithsonian, and her food-judging expertise is sought regularly, including the time she ate 2,000 foods in three days to judge the Outstanding New Products Awards. She is an elected member of Les Dames d'Escoffier, an esteemed group of women in the culinary professions, which counts Julia Child among its alumnae. Mary Beth lives in Washington, D.C.
Kevin Alexander is the James Beard Award-winning Writer at Large for Thrillist. He lives north of San Francisco and has icy cold blue eyes.
Christina Anstead is best known as the co-host of the hit HGTV show Flip or Flop. Since the show debuted in 2013, it has aired 8 seasons and over 100 episodes. Christina on the Coast Season 2 premiered January 2, 2020. Alongside her busy roles within the property and television sectors, and on top of being a busy mama, she is a huge advocate for leading a balanced lifestyle of mind, body, and spirit. With Cara Clark, she is the author of The Wellness Remodel.
Author of the nationally-syndicated column "Ask a Mexican," Arellano is the editor of the OC Weekly. He has contributed to NPR’s Marketplace and The Los Angeles Times, and has appeared on The Today Show, Chelsea Lately, and The Colbert Report. He lectures widely and is represented by Verbatim.
Aaron Ayscough is an American wine journalist based in Paris and one of the foremost experts on natural wine. His articles about wine and restaurants have been included in The Financial Times, The New York Times: T-Magazine, PUNCH and more. Aaron is the author, since 2010, of the wine blog Not Drinking Poison In Paris (2015 and 2018 Saveur Blog Awards Finalist for Best Wine Blog; Food & Wine’s “Up & Coming Blog” 2015).
A screenwriter, Bailey was nominated for an Emmy for the documentary series Pandemic: Facing AIDS.
A former editor for Travel and Leisure, Barr was also an editor and writer at Brill’s Content. Provence, 1970 was nominated for a James Beard Award in 2014.
Cathy Barrow, an award-winning cookbook author, knitter, traveler, cook, teacher, and gardener. In addition to three cookbooks (Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry, Pie Squared, and When Pies Fly), for several years, Cathy has written a monthly food column forThe Washington Post Food section. She has been published in The New York Times, Serious Eats, Food 52,The Local Palate, Garden & Gun, Southern Living, NPR, and National Geographic. She has won an IACP award for best single subject cookbook for Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry and has been nominated for a James Beard Award in the Baking category for Pie Squared.
Kristen Beddard is the author of Bonjour Kale: A Memoir of Paris, Love and Recipes and a contributing author to We Love Kale. She was the founder of The Kale Project, a blog and successful initiative that reintroduced kale to France and was featured in The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, Self Magazine and more. She has a certificate in Culinary Nutrition from the Natural Gourmet Institute and is currently working on a new book Roots, Shoots and Stalks about food waste and cooking with the whole vegetable. She resides in New York City with her husband and daughter. Follow her @thekaleproject and at www.kristenbeddard.com.
Ruth Brandon was a trainee producer for the BBC, working in radio and television after reading French and Spanish at Girton College, Cambridge. But she found she preferred writing, and moved to freelance journalism, and eventually to books. Ruth is primarily a non-fiction writer, using biography to look at social and cultural history through individual lives. Ruth lives in London. She is married, with one daughter.
Susan Bratton is the founder and CEO of Savor Health, which provides home delivery of fresh, nutritious meals designed specially for cancer patients. She is actively involved in a number of industry associations, including Women Business Leaders in Healthcare. She also serves on the Advisory Board of HCap, the national leading venue for healthcare providers and capital to meet, and is the Secretary for Amagansett Citizens Advisory Committee.
David Burtka is a Cordon Bleu-trained chef and caterer as well as well as an award-winning Broadway and TV actor. He is also husband to Neil Patrick Harris and father to twins, Harper and Gideon.
Nicole Centeno is a French Culinary Institute-trained chef and the founder and CEO of the Brooklyn-based soupery Splendid Spoon. She has taught cooking and nutrition courses at Columbia University and cooked at esteemed New York City restaurants such as EAT Greenpoint and Fatty Cue. Before founding her company, she worked for Wired Magazine, The New Yorker, and Saveur.
With Ben Daitz, Chaupoly founded Num Pang sandwich chain in New York City. They’ve been awarded the "Best Sandwich Chain" by the Village Voice and "Best Sandwich" by Zagat’s.
Judith Choate has written dozens of cookbooks, many award-winning, and has been a co-author on books written with some of the best chefs in America, such as David Burke, Charlie Palmer, and Jacques Torres. She wrote Fundamentals of Classic French Cooking for The French Culinary Institute, which was winner of the 2008 James Beard Foundation award for best professional cookbook. Her own book, An American Family Cooks, is a favorite of many foodies.
Kelsey BarnardClark is a Southern chef, mother, and season 16 winner of Top Chef. She livesin Alabama with her husband and two children.
Cara Clark is the owner and primary nutritionist of Cara Clark Nutrition. Her philosophy about helping others become more present and joyful by creating balance and engaging in the whole self—mind, body and spirit—has been adopted by more than 20,000 households, including those of numerous celebrities and Olympic athletes. Cara is also a certified sports and clinical nutritionist specializing in performance athletes, as well as diabetes, prenatal, and postpartum nutrition. She lives in Orange County with her husband and four daughters. With Christina Anstead, she is the author of The Wellness Remodel.
The co-founders of Luke’s Lobster, Ben Conniff and Luke Holden own a chain of restaurants serving award-winning lobster rolls. Zagat has given them a 27 rating for food, named them the 1 food truck in NYC, and chose Conniff and Holden as two of their 30 Under 30 in the New York food industry.
With Ratha Chaupoly, Daitz founded Num Pang sandwich chain in New York City. They’ve been awarded the "Best Sandwich Chain" by the Village Voice and "Best Sandwich" by Zagat’s.
The former editor in chief of SELF for more than ten years, Danziger is also the author of the New York Times bestseller THE NINE ROOMS OF HAPPINESS. She is a regular guest on television shows, including Today, The View, and Good Morning America.
Charlotte Druckman is a journalist, food writer, and cookbook author whose books include Skirt Steak: Women Chefs on Standing the Heat and Staying in the Kitchen; Stir, Sizzle, Bake (Potter) and the upcoming, Kitchen Remix (Clarkson Potter). Her work appears regularly in various publications such as Food & Wine, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and others, and she is also the co-founder of Food 52’s Piglet Competition.
Georgia Freedman is a food and travel writer. She is a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal, where she has written about everything from the best dim sum in Hong Kong to making tamales. She has also written for Afar, Lucky Peach, Real Simple, Roads and Kingdoms, and other food and travel publications including Saveur magazine, where she was previously the managing editor and worked with some of the best writers and editors in the food world. She is based in the Bay Area.
Ramin Ganeshram is a journalist and professional chef trained at the Institute of Culinary Education. For many years she was an award-winning writer for the New York Times and Newsday. She is the author of several cookbooks including an IACP award winner, and her most recent, Cooking with Coconut. Her writing has been featured in Saveur, Gourmet, Bon Appetit, and on epicurious.com, as well as National Geographic Traveler, Forbes Traveler, and many other publications.
Glamour magazine reaches more than 12 million readers each month and outsells more than 98 percent of magazines on the newsstand today.
Featured in T Magazine, Vogue, USA Today, Bon Appétit, W, and many other national publications, Gordon is the owner of Valerie Confections in Los Angeles. Valerie Confections sells its delicacies at Dean and Deluca and other specialty stores across the country. Sweet was nominated for a James Beard award in 2014.
One of the best restaurants in America according to Bon Appetit, Grand Central Market is a food hall in downtown Los Angeles with over 40 vendors and almost 100 years of history.
With Jeremy Inglett, Adrian Harris is half of the Vancouver-based duo behind The Food Gays, a web site and brand celebrating colorful, veggie-forward food and thoughtful presentation.
David Haskell is the Editor-in-Chief of New York Magazine and co-Founder of Kings County Distillery. He is also co-author of The Guide to Urban Moonshining and Dead Distillers.
Host of a cooking show as well as radio show and web site for Univision, Hoffman’s show Delicioso ran on the Food Network for three seasons. She appears regularly on The Today Show and The Early Show.
The co-founders of Luke’s Lobster, Luke Holden and Ben Conniff own a chain of restaurants serving award-winning lobster rolls. Zagat has given them a 27 rating for food, named them the 1 food truck in NYC, and chose Conniff and Holden as two of their 30 Under 30 in the New York food industry.
Jessica Iannotta is the Chief Operating Officer of Savor Health (formerly Meals to Heal). She is a registered dietitian and certified specialist in oncology nutrition (CSO). and began her career as an oncology dietitian in 2001. She currently manages the oncology nutrition and customer service teams at Savor Health.
With Adrian Harris, Jeremy Inglett is half of the Vancouver-based duo behind The Food Gays, a web site and brand celebrating colorful, veggie-forward food and thoughtful presentation.
Jennifer Lapidus is the founder and principal of Carolina Ground Flour Mill in Asheville, NC. She and Carolina Ground have been featured in the The New York Times, WSJ, Splendid Table, Food & Wine, Saveur, Bon Appetit and more.
Frances Leech is a baker and writer, living in Paris. Her essay, ‘Kitchen Rhythm’: A Year in a Parisian Pâtisserie, was runner-up in the 2012 Financial Times/Bodley Head essay prize. She co-authored and illustrated the Paris food guide, A Pocket Feast, in 2014, which won the UK category for French Cuisine in the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. She is the author of a regular food blog, Tangerine Drawings.
James Beard Rising Star Chef finalist and siblings behind Boston Mei Mei’s Street Kitchen, the acclaimed food truck enterprise and restaurant, focused on New England-influenced Chinese food and thoughtful sourcing.
Top Chef Masters finalist and award-winning chef, Lo is the owner of Annisa in New York City. The New York Times awarded Annisa 3 stars in 2014.
Eva Longoria is an American actress, producer, director, activist and businesswoman, best known for her role on the popular television series Desperate Housewives. Besides acting Longoria has ventured into business and has released various books, including Eva’s Kitchen, taking readers on her culinary journey—from the food she was brought up on to the recipes inspired by her travels abroad to the dishes she serves during casual nights at home.
A bi-weekly magazine, New York covers life, culture, politics, and style with a particular emphasis on New York City. In the past decade, New York has won 34 National Magazine Awards, including six General Excellence awards.
Illyanna Maisonet is the author of Diasporican: A Puerto Rican Cookbook (Ten Speed). She was the United States’ first Puerto Rican food columnist for a major newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle, and is an IACP award winner for narrative food writing. She has sold-out pop-up dinners across the San Francisco Bay Area and has collaborated with Jose Andres for Steven Speilberg’s West Side Story wrap party. Illyanna has contributed recipes to Rancho Gordo, authored a crowdfunded cookbooklet, and has written for the Los Angeles Times, Bon Appetit, Saveur, Food52, Food & Wine, Lucky Peach, and more.
Shane McBride is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and one of New York's most accomplished chefs. He began his career with esteemed chef Charlie Palmer at Aureole, then went on to work with Chef Christian Delouvier at the world-renowned Lepinasse. Shane was Executive Chef at Tom Colicchio's Craftsteak for many years, followed by a long tenure as Executive Chef at famed Soho brasserie Balthazar. Although his expertise has been in haute cuisine, his passion is in American barbecue. He leads the multiple award-winning Ribdiculous Bar-B-Krewe competition team. Shane is currently the Executive Chef and a Co-Owner of Pig Beach.
Shark Tank alum, entrepreneur, and proprietor of Daisy Cakes, where each homemade cake is hand-iced before being shipped from her kitchen to yours.
Norah O’Donnell is co-host of “CBS This Morning” and is also a contributor to “60 Minutes”. Prior to that, she served as CBS News’ Chief White House Correspondent. With Geoff Tracy, Norah O’Donnell is the author of NYT bestseller, Baby Love.
Kwame Onwuachi was named the 2019 James Beard Rising Star Chef, is executive chef of Washington D.C.’s Kith & Kin and Union Market’s Philly Wing Fry, and is author of the memoir Notes from a Young Black Chef.
James Park is a food content creator, food personality, and social media strategist based in Brooklyn. He is professionally trained at the International Culinary Center, and has worked with various food media brands including Eater, Food52 BuzzFeed, and ChowHound. He loves to share his passion for Korean cuisine and culture, fried chicken, chile crisp, and more.
Erik Piepenburg has been writing for the New York Times for almost twenty years, covering LGBTQ issues, food, theater, film, and travel. He's a regular contributor and writes a monthly column about one of his guilty pleasures, horror movies. He combines journalism and marketing as the features editor for the live entertainment advertising agency Serino Coyne. Originally from Cleveland, Erik now lives in Manhattan with his partner.
Owner of the Filipino restaurants Jeepney and Maharlika, Ponseca and executive chef Miguel Trinidad won Time Out Magazine New York City’s Best Restaurant and Battle of the Burger in 2014.
Fashion designer, Creative director of Brooks Brothers, and self taught chef, Zac Posen has received many awards including the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Swarovski’s Perry Ellis Award for Womenswear. He is also a judge on the hit television show, Project Runway.
A pastry chef based in Vermont, Bullock-Prado is a frequent contributor to Better Homes and Gardens and Food and Wine, and appears regularly on NPR’s "All Things Considered."
With Josh, Williams, Eric Prum is the founder of W&P Design, an innovative food and beverage company based in Brooklyn, NY, composed of a growing group of individuals passionate about the intersection of food and design.
Owner of Regalis Foods, a Brooklyn-based purveyor of exotic foods with an extensive client list of Michelin star restaurants, Purkayastha founded his first truffle company in his home state of Arkansas when he was 15 years old.
Andrea Reusing is an award-winning chef, cookbook author, and leader in the sustainable agriculture movement. She is the 2011 winner of the James Beard award for Best Chef: Southeast and serves on the boards of the Center of Environmental Farming Systems and Chefs Collaborative. She has written for Saveur, Domino, Fine Cooking, Gourmet.com and the News & Observer. Reusing's book, Cooking in the Moment: A Year of Seasonal Recipes, was named one of 2011’s most notable cookbooks by the New York Times.
Food writer Sara Roahen is the author of Gumbo Tales: Finding My Place at the New Orleans Table (Norton).
SELF was nominated for a National Magazine Award in 2008. The Drop 10 Diet was a New York Times Bestseller.
Co-Creative Director of Grand Central Market in Los Angeles, Shuldiner is the founder of The Institute of Domestic Technology cooking school That teaches the domestic arts, such as pickling, cheese making, and bread making. In addition, Shuldiner is also a visual artist whose work has been exhibited at the Long Beach Museum of Art and featured in New York magazine, Interview, and The Los Angeles Times, among other publications.
Rachel Signer is the founder and publisher of Pipette magazine, an independent natural-wine print magazine, and internationally known journalist and expert on natural wine. She lives in Australia where she and her husband, Anton Von Klopper, make a limited production of Lucy Margaux and Persephone wines.
Julie Smolyansky is CEO and Director of Lifeway Foods Inc. Named the nation’s youngest female CEO of a publicly held firm in 2002, she was recently named to Fortune’s “40 under 40” and Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business 1000.”
Colin Spoelman is a former rooftop moonshiner from Kentucky who founded Kings County Distillery with David Haskell in 2010. He is co-author of The Guide to Urban Moonshining and Dead Distillers. Spoelman also works in architecture.
Elizabeth Stein is the founder and CEO of the natural foods company Purely Elizabeth and author of the cookbook Eating Purely (Skyhorse).
A writer on environmental science, agriculture, and botany, Stone has written for National Geographic and is a former White House correspondent for Newsweek and the Daily Beast. His work has also appeared in Time, the Washington Post, Vice, and Literary Hub, and he teaches environmental policy at Johns Hopkins University.