has created recipes and written food articles for dozens of magazines, including Food & Wine, Cooking Light, and Eating Well. For more than 15 years, she wrote a monthly column for Bon Appétit, as well as a weekly column for the Los Angeles Times Syndicate. She is the author of 18 cookbooks, including Things Cooks Love, and invites you to join her at mariesimmonsvegetarian. blogspot.com. Photograph by Luca Travoto.
a.k.a. Grill Girl, is the executive chef of Hill Country Barbecue Market in New York City and Washington, D.C., and New York City’s Hill Country Chicken. She writes for publications including Saveur and Better Homes & Gardens and a bi-monthly column for the Associated Press called “American Table.” She appears regularly on three network morning shows. She’s a guest judge on Chopped, has appeared on other Food Network shows, and has hosted her own special on The Cooking Channel. She is the author of three cookbooks, including Pizza on the Grill, and the founder of GirlsattheGrill.com.
is a culinary adventurer, chef, artist and seven-time Guinness World Record holder who is the creator and host of the television series Surreal Gourmet and Glutton for Punishment and co-executive producer and host of World’s Weirdest Restaurants. His shows air in more than twenty countries worldwide. As a chef, Blumer transforms ordinary ingredients into wow-inspiring dishes through simple cooking methods and whimsical presentations that have become his trademark. He is the author of six cookbooks including Pizza on the Grill and his most recent, Glutton for Pleasure. He lives in the Hollywood Hills.
is a cookbook author, recipe developer, media consultant, magazine and internet food, travel and fitness journalist and blogger, speaker, and president of Ingredients, Inc., a media consulting company in Birmingham, Alabama since 2001. Her blog ingredientsinc.net is widely popular and her second cookbook, 150 Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, was released last fall. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Healthy Travel Magazine, which launched in print in March 2013.
is an award-winning photographer who has worked for General Mills, Pillsbury, Budweiser, Target, and many national advertising agencies. “My real passion lies in editorial work,” he says, “in which a photographer’s freedom to create a story or look through the photograph is much greater.”
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Tara Q. Thomas
gave up cooking professionally to become a culinaryobsessed writer. She’s been a senior editor at Wine & Spirits for the past decade and writes regularly for the Denver Post, Culture, Gastronomica, and Gourmet. com. The Brooklyn, New York–based mom of two is also author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Wine Basics.
is a culinary instructor at Le Cordon Bleu in Minnesota and has worked as a consultant to help develop menus at many Twin Cities restaurants. He grew up in New York City but now calls St. Paul home, where he lives with his wife and two young daughters.
began her food career on the other side of the camera, cooking at the renowned New French Café. Today her work as a stylist is in demand at corporations including Heinz, Target, and General Mills, as well as with many magazines. She prides herself on using her experience as a chef to make food as appealing on the page as it is on the plate.