Adam Ried is the keeper of the Equipment Corner on America’s Test Kitchen
and Cook’s Country from America’s Test Kitchen
Alamelu Vairavan, a native of South India, has lived most of her adult life in the United States. Over the years, she has developed a deep interest in promoting healthy cooking and eating to the American public using spices, legumes and Indian cooking techniques.
Award-winning food journalist and author Andreas Viestad has brought his remarkable knowledge of Scandinavian and world cuisine, culture and history to two acclaimed English-language cookbooks. Andreas has also recently launched a monthly food column for the Washington Post
Bridget Lancaster is the executive food editor for TV and radio of Cook’s Country
magazine, currently responsible for all recipe testing and development in Cook’s Country
and an on-screen test cook for America’s Test Kitchen
and Cook’s Country from America’s Test Kitchen
Burt Wolf is the host and author of nine internationally syndicated television series that deal with cultural history, travel and gastronomy. Burt, a former James Beard Foundation Award winner, has also worked as a travel journalist and written or edited nearly 60 books.
Chef, wife and mother Caprial Pence has hosted the programs Caprial’s Seasonal Kitchen
and Cooking With Caprial and John
. Caprial has also authored eight cookbooks, including Caprial’s Seasonal Kitchen
, and has been the recipient of the James Beard Award.
Charlie Trotter is the author of nine cookbooks – including RAW
, a celebration of the raw-food movement – and owns the highly regarded Charlie Trotter’s restaurant in Chicago.
Veteran TV programmer Chris Fennimore has hosted more than 35 live cooking marathons. He also serves as a food columnist for Pittsburgh
magazine and writes a Sunday feature column for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Chris Kimball is the host of America’s Test Kitchen
, a public television cooking show now in its eleventh season, and host and executive producer of Cook’s Country from America’s Test Kitchen
, which debuted in September 2008.
Christina Pirello, a popular chef and author of four cookbooks, beat cancer with the help of her healthy, macrobiotic diet; whole-foods cooking quickly became her passion. Christina is one of the country's foremost educators on cooking and alternative health.
Christy Rost is a leading lifestyle expert on celebrating the family and home.
She is also a cookbook author and cooking and lifestyle TV host.
Claus Meyer has published 14 cookbooks in Denmark and has hosted his own television series, Meyers Køkken (Meyer’s Kitchen)
. He co-owns the gourmet restaurant Noma, runs a cooking school, and operates catering, fruit and chocolate supply companies.
In her American television debut, accomplished chef, food journalist and award-winning cookbook author Clodagh McKenna travels the length and breadth of Ireland — from County Kerry to Donegal — in search of the best food, farmers' markets and more.
Daisy Martinez began as a prep-kitchen chef on the Lidia's Italian-American Kitchen
television series and as a private chef in New York City. In addition to her own show, Daisy manages a small catering business, "The Passionate Palate."
Dede Wilson is a self-taught pastry chef whose specialties include chocolate work and wedding cakes. She has worked professionally for more than 10 years as a restaurant pastry chef, bakery owner, columnist, author, caterer and recipe developer.
Donna Scala opened Bistro Don Giovanni in 1993. Specializing in Rustic Italian and Southern French food, Don Giovanni’s menu is infused with Italian, French and California influences and is best known for serving up straightforward, clean flavors – rustic yet refined.
Dorothy Hamilton established The French Culinary Institute in 1984 and is currently the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the James Beard Foundation. She was appointed Chairwoman emerita for life of the American Institute of Wine and Food (AIWF) in 1994.
Co-host of Holiday Table
, Emily Luchetti is the executive pastry chef at Farallon Restaurant in San Francisco and a well-known cookbook. She was named Pastry Chef of the Year in 2004 by the James Beard Foundation and won the coveted IACP Cookbook Award in 2007.
Eric Ripert is the host of Avec Eric
, chef/co-owner of New York's celebrated restaurant Le Bernardin, chair of New York-based food rescue organization, cookbook author and recipient of France's Legion d'Honneur.
Hiro and Lissa Doumani opened Terra Restaurant in 1988. Terra espouses the couple's philosophy on food, wine and life: to work closely with a network of local producers, to continually explore and create new dishes and to play with daring new wine pairings.
Hubert Keller is one of America's most acclaimed chefs with award-winning restaurants Fleur de Lys in San Francisco and Las Vegas and The Burger Bar in Las Vegas. He is regarded as one of the most imaginative and talented chefs in the United States.
Ian Knauer grew up in a family that always grew, foraged and hunted for their dinner. As a child in grade school he would comb the shelves in the library to find the best recipes to make family suppers. It was always something he loved to do.
Jack Bishop is the editorial director of America’s Test Kitchen
. He is the tasting lab expert on America’s Test Kitchen
, the top-rated public television cooking show, and Cook’s Country from America’s Test Kitchen
, which debuted in September 2008.
Already a household name and culinary icon, Jacques Pépin has dedicated more than 50 years of his life to the culinary arts. He is world renowned as the host of his acclaimed and popular cooking programs on public television, and as an author, instructor and gifted artist.
Jamie Geller is the only cookbook author who wants to get you out of the kitchen – not because she doesn’t love food – but because she has tons to do.
Jeffrey Nathan is head chef and co-owner of the critically acclaimed Abigael’s on Broadway, the largest gourmet kosher restaurant in the country. He has won a James Beard award and is the author of the cookbook Adventures in Jewish Cooking
Joanne Weir has an extensive culinary background in history, theory and technique of Mediterranean cuisine, as well as the regional foods of the United States. These elements are brought to life in her creative classes, written articles and television series.
Chef John Besh has been the recipient of numerous top industry accolades, including the James Beard Award for Best Chef of the Southeast, Food and Wine magazine’s “Top 10 Best Chefs in America,” Food Arts Silver Spoon Award and the Louisiana Restaurant Association’s ‘Restaurateur of the Year.’ Gourmet magazine rated restaurant August in it’s “America’s Top 50 Restaurants” twice.
John Pence and his wife Caprial are the restaurateurs behind Portland, Ore.’s acclaimed Caprial’s Bistro. He teaches with Caprial at the couple’s cooking school, Caprial and John’s Kitchen, and has co-authored several cookbooks with his wife.
José Andrés owns the popular Washington, D.C. tapas restaurant Jaleo. His production Vamos a Cocinar
on Television Espanola is Spain’s most popular cooking program. In fall 2008, Clarkson Potter will publish a companion cookbook to the Made In Spain
The iconic Julia Child pioneered cooking television through her highly successful cooking shows, including The French Chef
and Dinner at Julia’s
, and authored a series of best-selling cookbooks. Her famous Cambridge, Mass. kitchen became an exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum in 2002.
Julia Collin Davison is a senior editor for the books division of America’s Test Kitchen
and is an on-screen test cook for America’s Test Kitchen
. She is also a cast member of the Cook’s Country
A well-known author and teacher, Karen has shared her wine and food knowledge around the world through print, television and in-person appearances. With her husband Dennis, she is the co-owner of Fife Vineyards in Napa Valley.
Ken Frank realized a lifelong dream of owning a restaurant in the Napa Valley when he opened La Toque restaurant in the fall of 1998. La Toque has received widespread critical acclaim and was named as one of the best 20 restaurants in America by Wine Spectator
magazine in 2000.
Kevin Dundon is a veritable one-stop shop for Irish cooking. He’s the chef and proprietor of Ireland’s four-star Dunbrody Country House Hotel & Restaurant, Cookery School and Spa; one of Ireland’s top celebrity chefs; signature chef of Downtown Disney World’s Raglan Road Irish Gastropub; and a primetime cooking show regular.
As host and executive producer of the fun and informative traveling cooking program Bringing it Home with Laura McIntosh, Laura McIntosh is living her dream. Laura shares fun and easy ways to enjoy food at its peak of freshness while, at the same time, educating consumers about the cultural and heritage aspects of where our food comes from.
Laura Theodore is a television and radio host, vegan chef, sustainable lifestyle
blogger, compassionate cookbook author, and award-winning jazz singer and actor. She is the
proud creator of the “Jazzy Vegetarian," and author of "Jazzy Vegetarian: Lively Vegan Cuisine
Made Easy and Delicious."
Lidia Bastianich is widely regarded as the "First Lady of Italian cuisine and restaurants in the United States." Lidia is a best-selling author, acclaimed chef and restaurateur and pens the monthly newspaper column entitled Lidia’s Italian Table
Loretta Barrett Oden, host of the New England Emmy-winning Seasoned With Spirit
, is a renowned Native-American chef, food historian, lecturer and proud woman of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation
The host of "Kimchi Chronicles" and the author of "The Kimchi Chronicles" companion cookbook, Marja Vongerichten is eager to share her passion for Korean cuisine and its approachability, health benefits and the familial spirit of the Korean table.
Mark Bittman is a highly regarded food journalist, cookbook author, culinary aficionado and public television host. He pens a regular column for The New York Times
and has written several highly successful and critically acclaimed cookbooks.
Martha Stewart, founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and Emmy® Award-winning television show host, entrepreneur and bestselling author, is America’s most trusted lifestyle expert and teacher.
Born in Guangzhou, China, Martin had his formal induction into the culinary world at 13, as an apprentice at a top Hong Kong restaurant. He has since captured the hearts of millions of fans by spicing his cooking with a personal ingredient: wit.
Growing up in an Italian home, Mary Ann Esposito learned about traditional Italian food and its preparation while helping in the kitchen. She started her own catering business, studied in Italy and along with hosting Ciao Italia
, Mary Ann also teaches in cooking schools throughout Italy.
Melanie Glasscock has been a popular broadcast journalist who anchored and reported the local CBS and NBC stations. Since leaving the anchor chair to devote time to her family and community, Melanie has worked with a variety of charitable and educational projects.
The Drs. Eades have pioneered the field of metabolic medicine. The Eades also penned the best-selling books Protein Power
and Protein Power Lifespan
and have appeared as guest experts on hundreds of radio and television shows across the country.
Mike Colameco is the host of the popular, long standing, public television series “Mike Colameco’s Real Food”.
Ming Tsai’s love of cooking (and eating) great food was forged early on while working at his parents’ restaurant, Mandarin Kitchen, in Dayton, Ohio. The award-winning chef and author is the host of public television’s Simply Ming
Miyoko Schinner is the author of the recent bestseller, Artisan Vegan Cheese
, as well as The Now and Zen Epicure
and Japanese Cooking: Contemporary and Traditional
Nancy Siler has been baking and decorating for over 25 years. She is the director of The Wilton School of Cake Decorating and Confectionary Art in Illinois, and serves as vice president of consumer affairs and public relations for Wilton Industries, Inc.
At the core of Neven's philosophy is a dedication to using only the finest local seasonal ingredients.
Nick Stellino grew up in Palermo, on the island of Sicily, and came to the United States in 1975. In 1991, he decided to leave his lucrative career as a Wall Street stockbroker in order to follow his dream of becoming a chef. He achieved his goal and more. Today he is an acclaimed chef, TV host and cookbook author.
An award-winning garden designer and host of P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home
and P. Allen Smith's Garden To Table
, Allen has emerged as America’s most recognized garden design expert, providing ideas and inspiration for novice and expert gardeners alike.
Patricia Jinich is host of the public television series Pati's Mexican Table
, cooking teacher, food writer and official Chef of the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C.
Pete Evans is an award-winning Australian chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, and host of Australia’s #1 prime time TV show.
Pilar Sanchez has co-starred in her own national cooking series called Melting Pot's Mediterranean Table
. In 2001, Pilar was appointed Chef de Cuisine at the Culinary Institute of America's Greystone Restaurant.
Rachel Allen was brought up in Dublin and left home at eighteen to study at the world-famous Ballymaloe Cookery School in County Cork, Ireland. Rachel is now a busy TV chef, author of six bestselling cookbooks, journalist and mother, and still teaches at Ballymaloe.
Rebecca (Becky) Hays joined Cook’s Illustrated
in 2000 and has worked on various magazine, book, and website projects. She is the managing editor of Cook’s Illustrated
and on-screen test cook for America’s Test Kitchen
James Beard Award-winning chef, restaurateur, and author Rick Bayless is the owner of the acclaimed Chicago restaurants Frontera Grill and Topolobampo. He is the author of the best-selling cookbook Salsas That Cook
and a visiting staff member at the Culinary Institute of America.
Rick Browne is a renowned barbecue expert and the author of several cookbooks, including The Big Book of Barbecue Sides and Grilling America
. He is an award-winning member of the Society of American Travel Writers, and has written for USA Today
Robin Shea has been entertaining and inspiring audiences with her passion and zest for life for the past seven years through her television programs, speaking engagements, magazine articles and lifestyle classes.
Ruth Reichl is the editor in chief of Gourmet
magazine, joining the publication after six years as the New York Times
food critic. Ruth has authored three best-selling memoirs, hosted three acclaimed Food Network specials, and has been honored with four James Beard Awards.
Finnish cooking sensation Sara La Fountain is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. She lives in Finland where she runs a cooking school , serves as a food columnist for several newspapers, and designs a line of tableware.
As one of the most respected women in the food world, Sara brings years of training and experience to her latest cooking series, Sara’s Weeknight Meals
. She also serves as Gourmet magazine’s executive chef and food editor for Good Morning America
Sean Knight started his career working at Patina, the world-renowned restaurant in Los Angeles. Sean then moved to the celebrated Pinot Blanc as executive chef, and under his direction the restaurant has become a destination for many visitors to the wine country.
Sloan Payne, Vicki Payne’s daughter, followed her mother into the craft and TV production world. An experienced craft instructor and lecturer, Sloan has also written Paint! Paint! Paint! Easy Decorative Painting Projects for the Home
Steven Raichlen is an award-winning author, journalist, cooking teacher and TV host. His best-selling The Barbecue Bible
cookbook series and Barbecue University
and Primal Grill
TV programs have virtually reinvented American barbecue.
Terry Hope Romero, author and co-author of bestselling vegan cookbooks Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar,
and Viva Vegan!: Authentic Vegan Latina American Recipes
has also presented informative and lively cooking demonstration and talks to hungry crowds at food festivals and conferences the world over, ranging from Paris, New York City, Boston, Toronto, and many more.
Tina Nordström, crowned Sweden’s “Most Popular Female TV Host,” hosted the groundbreaking cooking show Mat (Food) With Tina Nordström
. Tina has sold nearly one million copies of her three acclaimed cookbooks since 2001.
One of the most decorated, respected, and charismatic chefs in the world, Todd English has been recognized by several of the food industry’s most prestigious publications, established one of the best-known restaurant brands in the nation and published three critically acclaimed cookbooks.
Todd Humphries moved to the Napa Valley in 1999, taking the position of executive chef of the Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant. In 2001, he partnered with restaurateur Pat Kuleto to create the acclaimed Martini House in St. Helena.
Known in the U.S. as the "Godfather" of Thai cuisine, Tommy Tang began his cooking career helping his father in their restaurant in Bangkok. While in U.S., he started in a small Thai restaurant that quickly grew in popularity - thanks to Tommy's unique talents - making Thai food all the rage.
Toni Fiore is the author of Totally Vegetarian: Easy, Fast, Comforting Cooking for Every Kind of Vegetarian
. She also co-created & hosted Delicious TV’s Totally Vegetarian
. And the VegEZ
podcast. Toni has a knack for creating easy, delicious adaptations of culinary classics.
Victor Rallo Jr. is a successful, seasoned restaurateur and wine critic in New Jersey. After graduating from Villanova University and earning his JD from Seton Hall, Victor jumped directly from the world of law into the restaurant business.
Vivian Howard originally made a name for herself in the Manhattan restaurant world and with her own gourmet delivery service.
"Chef Yannis" has a passion and expertise in Mediterranean cuisine and Greek pastries. As a public health scientist, he is an advocate of the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet and keen to spread the gospel of authentic Greek whole foods to communities across America.
Yvonne Ruperti joined Cook’s Illustrated
in 2007 as a test cook and took up the role of resident baker. She is also an on-screen test cook for America’s Test Kitchen