After graduation from New York University, Lisa Skye went on to work in some of the city’s most reputable restaurants, including Union Square Cafe and The Odeon. Lisa has worked in television as an anchor, producer, and editor for PBS, and as a field producer for the Discovery Channel’s premier food show Go Ahead, Make My Dinner. She serves as president and director for Business Network International, which produces business for creative entrepreneurs and other professionals. Lisa lives in Brooklyn. Connect online at www.facebook.com/ilovecorncookbook.
After her two daughters were born, Ruta Kahate became a quick-fix cook, and fast. An accomplished chef, author, and culinary travel guide, she spent the first half of her life exploring the Indian subcontinent, learning the variety of regional food. Putting her extensive knowledge into action, she ran her own cooking school and worked as a food consultant, all the while placing her own modern touch on this ancient cuisine. Ruta currently divides her time between the San Francisco Bay Area and Goa, India.
GRIT is a bimonthly magazine dedicated to celebrating country lifestyles. Distributed throughout the United States and Canada, each issue features topics related to land management, livestock, tools, recipes, and community events. To learn more, visit www.grit.com.
Seamus Mullen is the chef and owner of Tertulia, his first solo restaurant in Manhattan’s West Village, where he has garnered rave reviews (three stars from New York magazine and two stars from The New York Times) and a strong following for his approachable, modern Spanish cuisine. Prior to opening Tertulia, Mullen was the chef of Boqueria restaurant in Manhattan, where he earned a glowing two-star review from The New York Times. He opened a second location in SoHo in 2008 before leaving to develop his first solo restaurant, which opened in August, 2011. Growing up on an organic farm in Vermont, Mullen learned the value of harvesting the surrounding land to bring flavorful meals to the table. Jobs in local restaurants provided an early glimpse into the industry, and Mullen was immediately hooked. He became enamored with the various traditions and cuisines of Spain while studying at Universidad Autonoma de Extremadura in Caceres, before working in some of the country’s top kitchens (Mugaritz, Abac, Alkimia). He further honed his skills stateside at restaurants such as Mecca in San Francisco, as well as Manhattan’s Tabla and Suba, where his menu led The New York Times to raise the Spanish restaurant’s rating to two stars. In 2009, Mullen introduced his cooking style to a national audience as a finalist on the popular primetime Food Network series, “The Next Iron Chef.” His first cookbook, Hero Food, will be published in May 2012 by Andrews McMeel.
A charter member of the KCBS and former three-term member of the board of directors, Ardie A. Davis, PhB, founded the American Royal International BBQ Sauce, Rub, and Baste Contest and the Great American Barbecue Sauce, Baste, and Rub Contest. He is the author of five barbeque cookbooks.
Chef Paul Kirk, PhB, a charter member of the KCBS and member of the board of directors, operates the Baron’s School of Pitmasters. The author of six barbeque cookbooks, he has won more than 475 cooking and barbequing awards, among them seven world championships, including the prestigious American Royal Open, the world’s largest barbeque contest.
Angela Shelf Medearis is an award-winning author of more than ninety children’s books and six cookbooks. She’s a culinary historian, chef, food writer, president of Diva Productions, Inc., and a motivational speaker. She has been featured on Throwdown with Bobby Flay and also hosts her own show, The Kitchen Diva!, which airs on hulu.com. She lives with her husband and family in Austin, TX. For more information about The Kitchen Diva, visit her online at www.divapro.com.
Kiwi is the premier magazine (first published in 2007) about raising families the natural and organic way. Published bimonthly, Kiwi has 250,000 subscribers. The magazine supports and encourages parents to make green, healthy choices when it comes to food, home life, and more. It helps families balance their green ideals with their busy lives and schedules, and helps parents raise their children the healthiest way possible. Kiwi introduces families to the latest in natural and organic living—showing how to practice this lifestyle on an everyday basis.
Marygrace Taylor, Kiwi’s staff writer and recipe developer, created the majority of these family-friendly recipes right in her home kitchen in Austin, Texas.
Christopher Hirsheimer (right) served as food and design editor for Metropolitan Home magazine and was one of the founders of Saveur magazine, where she was executive editor. She is a writer and a photographer.
Melissa Hamilton co-founded the restaurant Hamilton’s Grill Room in Lambertville, NJ, where she served as executive chef. She worked at Martha Stewart Living, Cook’s Illustrated, and at Saveur as the food editor.
John Besh is a chef and a native son dedicated to the culinary riches of southern Louisiana. His nine acclaimed restaurants (August, Besh Steak, Lüke, La Provence, American Sector, Domenica, Lüke San Antonio, The Soda Shop, and Borgne) celebrate the bounty and traditions of the region. In his entrepreneurial pursuits and public activities, John further preserves and promotes ingredients, techniques, and heritage, one mouthwatering dish at a time. That devotion to the importance of local ingredients and local cuisine extended to the publication of his first cookbook, My New Orleans, in 2009 and a PBS show, “Chef John Besh’s New Orleans,” based on the recipes from the book, in 2011. From the outset of his career, John’s talent and drive have earned kudos: Food & Wine named him one of the “Top 10 Best New Chefs in America,” and his flagship restaurant, August, was featured in Gourmet magazine’s “Guide to America’s Best Restaurants” and “America’s Top 50 Restaurants.”
Robin Miller has been a food writer and nutritionist since 1990. She is the author of a best-selling cookbook, Quick Fix Meals, and the star of the popular Food Network show Quick Fix Meals with Robin Miller. Robin’s recipes and nutrition features have appeared in media outlets including the TODAY show, The Early Show, Good Morning America, Live! with Regis & Kelly, Cooking Light, Health, Fitness, Fit Pregnancy, and Woman’s World. Robin has a master’s degree in food and nutrition from New York University. Robin also has a weekly blog, Robin’s Healthy Take, at www.foodnetwork.com/healthyeats.