Co-Founder & CEO
Amanda has designed a 17th-century-style herb garden at a French chateau, created the Twitter app Plodt, and appeared in Julie & Julia, playing herself. She was also named one of the 50 most influential women in food by Gourmet.
Before she and Merrill started Food52, Amanda was a reporter at the New York Times, and the food editor at the Times Magazine. She wrote the award-winning books Cooking for Mr. Latte and The Cook and the Gardener, and edited the essay collection Eat, Memory. Her last book, a Times bestseller and the winner of a James Beard award, is The Essential New York Times Cookbook. Amanda is a trustee of Awesome Food, and is an adviser to The Spence Group.
Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief
Merrill was raised not on Gerber but coeur à la crème, made by her mother, a phenomenal cook. (When we did a test run for Food52 with friends and family, we almost had to ban her because her recipes kept winning!)
After graduating from Brown and then Le Cordon Bleu, Merrill worked at Cook's Illustrated and behind the counter at Flour Bakery in Boston's South End. In addition to her work with Amanda on The Essential New York Times Cookbook, Merrill has written for the Times' T Living, Edible Brooklyn and Body+Soul, and she was the food editor at Herb Quarterly. She lives with her family in Brooklyn.
VP of Technology
You're as likely to find Karl reading up on computer programming or user interaction as you are to find him in the kitchen — which is why he feels particularly lucky to have paired his passions both in starting Real Time Farms and in joining Food52. Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Karl graduated from the University of Michigan with bachelor's and master's degrees in computer engineering. In 2005 Karl and his wife Cara left home for the Bay Area, where he spent nearly five years at Google working on AdWords and then on the team that launched the very first Android device. For the most part, Karl cooks using great ingredients and simple recipes. Occasionally, though, you can find him spending hours slow-cooking a pork shoulder in his back yard.
While on his way toward a PhD in philosophy, Michael changed course and began a new career writing code for startups. However, he has never wavered in his love of food, at least as far back as his first word: "More!" As a teenager, Michael talked his way into summer volunteer work at some great restaurant kitchens in the Bay Area, including Chez Panisse. Later, he made the excellent decision to marry the only woman he'd met whom this impressed. He has been known to make his own bacon and liqueur, to expend unreasonable effort in pursuit of great coffee, and, if left to his own devices, to consume an entire pound of brussels sprouts in one sitting.
UI Designer & Developer
Ryan is the pixel pusher here at Food52. A seasoned builder of websites of every size, function, and flavor, he joined the team to cook up a fresh interface for our site. As both designer and developer, he's working on creating the best possible experience for you. When away from the MacBook, his favorite meal to prepare for kinfolk (and himself) is a hand-kneaded, oven-blistered Neapolitan pie. To create something so superb from the simplest of ingredients is nothing short of a miracle in his book. Paired with a hoppy craft ale and fine company, life just doesn't get any better.
James Ransom is so humble he had to have someone else write his bio for him. On an average day, he can be found making things beautiful -- and a little sultry -- for Food52 and Provisions through the lens of his camera. He casually shoots cookbooks, magazine editorials, and a slew of other projects in all of his spare time. No big deal, right? A native of the Jell-O Belt (aka the Intermountain West), he now lives in Manhattan with his wife and four adorable children.
VP of Commerce Operations
Some people were born with a silver spoon in their mouths; Christina's was wooden. With an Italian heritage on one side and a Lebanese heritage on the other, good food was never hard to find. From a young age, Christina has cooked for her family and friends -- even when her "kitchen" was only a George Foreman grill plugged into her dorm room. After living in New York for 10 years and working in various non-food corporate strategy jobs at Credit Suisse and IAC, she took her passion for food to the web, launching a food blog and supper club called 8.ate@eight. Undeterred by the lack of counter space and miniature appliances, she prepares dinner for eight people in a very small NYC kitchen and has made it a larger mission to encourage others in the Big Apple to make cooking at home a priority. When she's not foraging for lusty Food52 Provisions collections, you can find her at the farmers' market buying $8 eggs -- the best meal money can buy.
Shop Editor & Stylist
Born and raised in the southwest (ABQ-DFW-SAN-LAX), Bryce is rounding her sixth year of living on the east coast. When she's not sourcing or styling for Provisions, she's busy discovering new chefs to feature on Kitchen Letters, reading stacks of digital books on her Kindle or making a spreadsheet about what she's going to eat on her next trip out of town. Previously, she clocked a couple thousand hours as a competitive cheerleader (see her 58 seconds of fame), flew business class as a travel writer (it was a glorious time), and was once hired by the CIA. She believes: going to new places keeps you present, good friends are the key to a long (and happy) life, in just "doing a draft," and that platform heels are an order of magnitude greater than plain old heels.
Associate Shop Editor & Food Stylist
As the resident pastry chef at Food52, Rachel hails all the way from Northern California, where she was born and raised off fresh produce from the local farmers market. After graduating from Occidental College, she headed to New York to start her career in publishing. After five years in the magazine biz -- Martha Stewart and Architectural Digest included -- she decided it was time to start living the dream and enrolled in the pastry program at the French Culinary Institute. These days she can be found whipping up edible creations for the Provisions product pages or tracking down the new and unique for the next collection. She currently lives in Westchester with her husband and her dog Samantha.
Email Marketing Manager
A serious sweet tooth was the gateway to Lauren's baking adventures. After receiving a KitchenAid stand mixer for her 16th birthday, her life forever changed -- for the sweeter. While she has yet to haul the mixer to her New York City apartment, she has since expanded her cooking horizons to include all foods savory and sweet. Before coming on as Food52's first Email Marketing Manager, Lauren headed up the blog and digital content at a photography website. You can see her cooking and photography collaborations on her blog, Six Walls In.
Danny has a long history of enjoying food! In fact, he enjoys food so much that without it, he'd probably die. He grew up in New York City, and was babysat by his Hungarian grandmother, who taught him the importance of finishing everything on your plate. Danny comes from a food and e-commerce background. After work, you can find him rehearsing in the studio downstairs -- playing bass for the New York City-based band Bad Man Yells (EP coming soon!) -- or across the street at Madison Square Garden cheering on the New York Rangers.
Customer Care Manager
Lauren's previous jobs have all been hobbies turned professions: selling cheese at farmers markets, music supervision for film & TV, working at a food cart, and running a recruitment team for a study abroad organization. When it came down to figuring out a next direction for her career, all roads pointed back toward food. She has a propensity for collecting kitchen items that must be hand-washed, thinks rabbits are as cute as they are tasty, and once invented a crepe called the Goat Fig Pig (you can find it at Suzette Creperie in Portland, OR.)
Customer Care Associate
Laura started life as the pickiest eater alive, consuming only white bread, pasta, and ramen noodles. One day, she became completely enamored with televised food shows, and began to cook and collect recipes. Years later, brussels sprouts galore and pink lady apples fill her spirited refrigerator, and her philosophy on food has since morphed into a passionate love for local, seasonal, and creative cooking. When she isn’t writing, photographing, or thinking about food, you can find Laura tap dancing, belting out Broadway show tunes, or philosophizing about life. (I have a blog, too: thedelectablelife.com)
Director, Ad Sales & Partnerships
Lauren was our first on-staff ad sales guru, charged with creatively engaging with advertising partners. She has been in the media and sales business for 10 years, working on both the agency and publisher side and holds her MBA from Babson College. Born in Canada, she grew up in the States and has lived in Japan and Costa Rica. She's a huge advocate of seasonal eating and adores her year-round CSA membership which she blogs about here: LaurenLivingLocally. Lauren recently moved to the "burbs" for the first time, taking up residence in Bronxville, NY with her husband and their (adorable) son Hudson.
Director of Audience Development & Whole Foods Market Cooking Senior Editor
A graduate of ICE, Maddy started out testing recipes for us on weekends, writing blog posts, and heading up our Wildcard-vetting process with gusto (she even designed a fancy database to help scout out the hidden recipe gems). She wound up getting more Food52 than she ever imagined and now oversees partnerships and content distribution, in addition to running our partner sites at Whole Foods Market Cooking, which she's led since 2011. She digs antiquarian cookbooks and thinks Calvin Trillin is the funniest food writer of all time.
Hailing from Beaver County, truly "the sticks" just outside of Pittsburgh, Jason handles the everyday operations at Food52 headquarters. A beer savant and barbecue enthusiast, Jason is in hot pursuit of food so good it makes him cry (happened once). When he's not holding down the fort at Food52, Jason can be found crafting Instagram videos featuring his dogs, over analyzing NHL rosters or staking out a new brew in Brooklyn.
Account ManagerWith a family of fantastic cooks and a computer systems engineer for a dad, Gabriella was nicely primed for her role at Food52. Her career path began as a waitress and expert milkshake maker at Cleveland's beloved Tommy's Restaurant, before moving to New York to get her MA in Media Studies. Since then, she spent weekdays working a variety of roles at digital publications and agencies. On weekends, you'll find her planning and cooking too much food (preparing for a future role as Italian grandma) for Sunday night dinners. Gabriella (mostly Italian and Mexican) lives with her husband (Chinese and Jewish) and their dog (also a mutt) in Brooklyn.
Kristen has been hanging around Food52 since 2010, when she joined Amanda & Merrill's tiny but mighty team (back then, we all still worked from coffee shops). Before that, she ditched an ill-planned career as an economist, got herself a Master's in Food Studies from NYU and a culinary degree from ICE, and spent a couple years paying dues at places like Saveur and Martha Stewart. Sometimes she writes elsewhere, like The Wall Street Journal and The Atlantic, but Food52 is where her heart is -- as legend has it, one day when heading to work, she slipped and tumbled badly, but managed to text Amanda & Merrill before she got back up. She unearths Genius Recipes too -- watch for her column on Wednesdays (and send her tips -- she likes those!).
Brette began her career at Food52 at the ripe age of 19, after she worked up the courage to profile Amanda for a creative writing class. She's been working here ever since. A proud food nerd, she's done research on chocolate consumption in China, the creation of Italian-American food in New York, and Depression-era Jell-O marketing. Her favorite things are old, kitschy cookbooks, perfectly-organized schedules, weeknight dinner parties, and cookies.
Before she got this gig, Kenzi threatened to bake lemon macarons for the staff at Food52 until they let her intern. They relented before it got to that point, but for the record, she has her KitchenAid at the ready if they should ever change their minds. Oddly enough, Kenzi grew up as a very picky eater; for a while there, she wouldn't touch anything not involving peanut butter, jelly, and bread. With time and a bit of perseverance on the part of her parents, she realized what she had been missing, and started fanatically making up for lost time. She began working in restaurants, cooking, and serving like her culinary education — and rent — depended on it. She likes sticky rice and eating ripe avocados with spoons (if not her hands, when socially appropriate).
After a brief stint in the corporate world, Marian realized that cubicle life was not for her, so naturally she bought a one-way ticket and spent seven months eating and traveling through Asia and Europe. During this time she rediscovered a love for writing but did not, in fact, find the meaning of life. Back stateside, she conned Food52 into hiring her as an intern, and feels very lucky that they let her stay. Now she spends her days editing, writing, and cooking. She really likes avocado toast, and is never far from a cup of coffee.
Catherine grew up attempting to emulate Jacques Torres' chocolate sculptures. Since then she has worked in bakeries and professional kitchens, and she spent the past summer making cheese and petting cows on a farm in New England. She is known to throw overly ambitious dinner parties, so if you are invited to one definitely bring wine. Her blog is L'Americaine Gourmande. It has a lot of photos of doughnuts.
On her second day as an intern at Food52, Sarah scoured the island of Manhattan for English peas and came back to the office with eight pounds of Romano beans instead. Rather than getting upset, the editors whipped up an impromptu salad and shared it with the whole company (along with Prosecco, of course), and that’s when Sarah knew she was going to like it here. Sarah studies English literature at Yale, but when she’s not scratching her head over Middle English poetry, she’s writing articles, overseeing our Small Batch, running our #F52grams, or baking challah.
Head Recipe Tester
Stephanie has been testing recipes for Food52 since November 2009 and now manages our small army of testers, in addition to doing recipe testing, styling, and photography for the James Beard Foundation's blog Delights & Prejudices. She represents Food52's international contingent, working from her home in Canada. Based in Toronto, she's an instructor in the Continuing Education programs in the Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts at George Brown College, teaches at Le Dolci, and works for Evelyn's Crackers. We don't know how she gets it all done — all we know is we're glad to have her around. She's a graduate of the FCI and the Food Studies program at NYU, where she did her Master's thesis on Christmas cookies. Not surprisingly, she's also an accomplished synchronized swimmer.
Test Kitchen Manager
From college to cubicle to cooking -- Allison began her career as a highly unskilled dessert plater at Rialto restaurant, in Cambridge, MA (notable alum: Amanda Hesser). She spent the next four years there, learning as much as she could until she was ready for her next challenge – a move to New York City and into the kitchens of Eleven Madison Park, though the real dream job was waiting for her in the test kitchen at Food52. At home, in addition to recipe testing for Food52, she continues her quest to recreate her grandmother’s tamales, though she suspects her own legacy will be the berry pies she makes for her family every summer. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and baby girl, Avery, in a neighborhood where pretty much any ingredient you desire is only a short stroll away.
Contributing Writer & Editor
During two fantastic years in Japan, Lindsay-Jean conquered language barriers, foreign appliances, and curious new ingredients -- all to create vegetarian dishes in a broiler the size of a cookbook. Since then, it's been impossible to drag her out of the kitchen, which is a good thing, because she wasn't using her Master's in Urban Planning anyway. She thinks esoteric facts about vegetables provide good cocktail party fodder, and persists in trying out untested recipes on company, to the everlasting amusement of her husband.
Contributing Writer & Editor
With an Egyptian mother, an Italian father, and a last name that's all too similar to a certain Spanish rice dish, Gabriella had no choice but to grow up obsessed with food. She has a highly practical degree in Anthropology, which really means that she spent college traveling and nerding out over food history and culture. She can usually be found talking about what she's going to cook for her next meal while eating her current one.
Product Development Guy
Chief Auxiliary Assistant, Party Thrower, General-Purpose Dreamboat
Co-founder of the Tournament of Cookbooks
Amanda's Husband, Tireless Food52 Supporter and Late Night Editor
Merrill's Husband, Tireless Food52 Supporter and Legal Counsel