Our Team

Amanda Hesser

Amanda Hesser

Co-Founder & CEO

Amanda grew up with a mom who cooked local, seasonal food. She and her brother and sisters went crabbing, picked blueberries in the woods and wild asparagus by the roadside (it grows by the corn fields in Maryland).

Before she and Merrill started Food52, Amanda cooked in Europe and got her first "real job" as a Feature Writer and Food Editor at The New York Times. She wrote Cooking for Mr. Latte: A Food Lover's Courtship, with Recipes and The Cook and the Gardener, and edited the essay collection, Eat, Memory. Her last book, The Essential New York Times Cookbook, was a Times bestseller and the winner of a James Beard Award. But the best part of this book project was getting to meet Merrill, who she's now been working with for 10 years!

Amanda has been named one of the 50 most influential women in food by Gourmet, played herself in the Nora Ephron film, Julie & Julia, created the Twitter app Plodt, and was recently appointed by President Obama to the Commission on White House Fellowships.

Amanda lives in Brooklyn (not the cool part) with her husband and 11-year-old twins.

Merrill Stubbs

Merrill Stubbs

Co-Founder & President

 food52.com

Merrill was raised not on Gerber but on vitello tonnato and coeur à la creme, made by her mother, who was an excellent cook.

Before she and Amanda started Food52, Merrill was a freelance food editor and writer, with pieces in T Magazine, Body + Soul and Edible Brooklyn, among other publications. She learned how to wield a knife at Le Cordon Bleu in London and then put her chopping skills to use in the test kitchen at Cook's Illustrated and behind the counter at Flour Bakery in Boston, at the same time running her own catering business.

Not long after, Merrill met Amanda, who tapped her to help with research and recipe testing for The Essential New York Times Cookbook. A great friendship, and the seeds of a big idea—Food52—were born.

Merrill lives with her husband and two small children in Brooklyn, where she makes it to the farmers market most weekends—except in the dead of winter.

Kristen Miglore

Kristen Miglore

Founding Editor & Creative Director, Genius

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!).

Our Team


Content

Erin Alexander

Erin Alexander

Brand Partnerships Editor

From a young age, Erin knew that food was her thing. After reading Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential in the seventh grade (her parents were only mildly concerned), she became determined to eat, travel, and write as much as she possibly could. Thankfully, her family helped fuel her appetite by using most holidays as a chance to vacation outside of her hometown in South Florida. While at the University of California-Berkeley, she helped take home two national championship titles as a varsity coxswain on the Men's Rowing Team and was a staff writer for The Daily Californian. Before working at Food52, Erin was an assistant editor at Men's Fitness, where despite her co-workers' best intentions, she did not learn to enjoy the gym. A current resident of the Upper East Side, you can often find her drinking a pisco sour at one of her favorite cocktail bars or researching the city's best dim sum.

Liz Andrew

Liz Andrew

Senior Retoucher

Like most of us, Liz spends many moments daydreaming about beautiful meals, but an even larger amount of time working with pictures of them. In the office, she'll never be without her headphones, mug of tisane, and some kind of nut butter to snack on... but follow her outside, and things get much more random. You could be on the hunt for soup dumplings, at a dubstep rave, or in the library checking out a new fiction novel. She hopes to one day be able to say every food word she knows, in French.

Alexis Anthony

Alexis Anthony

Creative Director

You could categorically say that Alexis is a laid back, easy going Florida native, but she's also an accomplished designer and stylist, who's worked in London, Chicago, and New York. She's a study in contrasts, which is also what she brings to the (literal) table at Food52, pairing the sultry with the laid back and the high brow with the attainable, always juggling multiple projects at once. She brings keen observation and a quick wit to the process of making Food52 a beautiful, inspiring place.

Brinda Ayer

Brinda Ayer

Editorial Lead

 food52.com

Brinda thrives on equal parts food and books, which is why she's thrilled to work with both at Food52. Hailing from a big (and hungry) Indian-Singaporean family; growing up in Detroit, Cincinnati, and the Los Angeles area; and traveling internationally whenever she can, her taste buds (and weekend cooking projects) are as diverse and adventurous as they come. While she studied English Literature and Business Economics at UCLA, made her way across the pond for a master's degree at King's College London, and produced beautiful books at an indie press in Brooklyn for several years, she credits her humble beginnings at Cold Stone Creamery for paving her career path. Thanks to her parents, Brinda always finishes everything on her plate—and still saves the best for last.

Eddie Barrera

Eddie Barrera

Creative Operations Manager

Eddie grew up in Union, NJ, and moved across the river to NYC when he was 23. While in college, he interned and eventually worked at a PR firm, but not soon after got burned out and opted for a career change. He was lost for a while when his cousin randomly asked if he could fill in for her at the prop house she worked at. It was there that he discovered his love for inanimate objects and styling and he's been in this world ever since. His mother is the best cook he knows, and his favorite food of hers are pupusas, street food from his parent's homeland of El Salvador. When not working, Eddie enjoys the outdoors, re-watching The Office more times than he'd like to admit, and being overly competitive during board games.

Anna Billingskog

Anna Billingskog

Food Stylist

Born in New York’s East Village to Italian and Swedish parents, Anna has been known to brake for both cannoli and pickled herring. Growing up in a household that revered art, music, and food, her degree in photography followed by cooking school is the wild combination that shaped her interest in food styling. She is happy to call NYC her home (still), where she lives with her life partner Lily—a miniature dachshund who appreciates a good plate of spaghetti with red sauce as much as she does.

Allison Bruns Buford

Allison Bruns Buford

Test Kitchen Director

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 kitchen 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 daughters, Avery and Elizabeth, in a neighborhood where pretty much any ingredient you desire is only a short stroll away.

Chrissie Gruebel

Chrissie Gruebel

Senior Director, Copy & Brand

Chrissie was born on Long Island and raised on pizza and other assorted carbohydrates. In fact, her first job was at a bagel shop where her boss told her she had “no common sense when it comes to bagels.” She became a copywriter instead. For the past 15+ years, she's masterminded brand voices, directed storytelling, and written words for everything from fiber supplements to pregnancy tests. She's thrilled to have landed at Food52. (She's also a comedian, which has taken her all over the country and across the ocean—but believes the bagel fiasco is her true claim to fame.)

Maurine Hainsworth

Maurine Hainsworth

Copywriter

 maycontainsugar.com

Maurine grew up in Virginia making lemon meringue pie and banana bread with her mom; but her love for food and baking really blossomed in college when she realized one of her life goals was to become the grandma who has cake recipes. After earning her degree in Linguistics, American Studies, and French, she dove head-first into the digital marketing agency world. Now she's pleased to channel her passion for all things sweet at Food52. When Maurine's not baking, eating, or writing, you'll probably find her snapping some pics (usually of the things she's baked) or exploring the city with her husband.

Emma Laperruque

Emma Laperruque

Food Editor

Emma grew up in the Taylor-ham half of New Jersey. She stayed in the Northeast through college—graduated from Hamilton, where she led a freewheeling challah club—then moved to North Carolina. There, she worked as a line cook, nocturnal baker, restaurant critic, culinary instructor, food writer, and recipe developer. And ate a lot of fried chicken. Add up all those experiences and you get her role at Food52. After work, she's never far from a gin martini—very dirty, extra olives.

Coral Lee

Coral Lee

Podcast Editor

 mtbe.me

Coral grew up in Southern California and studied poetry at Middle-of-Nowhere College for two years before deciding to pursue art conservation in New York City. But, while on a fellowship shooting lasers at frescoes in Herculaneum, Coral realized she was thinking about the local olives way more than the crumbling art…and that it was probably time for a change. Since falling into the NYC restaurant world—becoming a pastry apprentice, then a fish butcher, then a sushi chef—she’s developed, tested, and styled recipes for numerous cookbooks, magazines, food businesses, and brands. Her Heritage Radio Network show, Meant to Be Eaten, explores cross-cultural exchange as afforded by food. You can follow her on Instagram @meanttobeeaten.

Ayanna Long

Ayanna Long

Video Production Coordinator

Sharing a meal together is one of Ayanna's favorite ways to bond with friends and family. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Ayanna moved to New York to attend St. John's University. After landing a few internships and job opportunities in the world of film distribution, film journalism, and communications, she decided she was more interested in what happens behind the camera. Ayanna's favorite foods growing up were her grandmother's desserts -- apple pie, sour cream pound cake, and sweet potato pie. To pass the time she enjoys going out dancing with friends, visiting exhibitions, and decompressing at home while watching reruns of Living Single and The Boondocks.

Gabriella Mangino

Gabriella Mangino

Executive Producer, Video

With 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 in a variety of roles at digital publications and agencies. On weekends, you'll find her planning and cooking too much food for Sunday night dinners (preparing for a future role as Italian grandma). Gabriella (mostly Italian and Mexican) lives with her husband (Chinese and Jewish) and their dog (also a mutt) in Brooklyn.

Max McDonough

Max McDonough

Social Media Coordinator

 maxmcdonough.org

A few minutes inland from Atlantic City, New Jersey, Max grew up on a strand of salt marsh where he raced go-carts and never really learned how to fish. Someday he'll figure out how to bait a line (poor minnow), though for now he agrees with Frank Bidart: "what you love is your fate." What Max loves are sweet potatoes, second helpings, good poems, long drapes, crab cakes, Fernet, and roasting vegetables fresh from the garden.

Timothy McSweeney

Timothy McSweeney

Senior Graphic Designer

 mcswny.com

Leaving home at the tender age of 16, Tim was forced to learn to cook or eat Top Ramen three meals a day (and let's face it, the latter was just not possible). He quickly earned the reputation as the cook among all his friends family. Raised on a steady diet of skateboarding and snowboarding magazines, he decided to hone his love and skill for design in San Francisco, then shipped himself off to New York City and blended his love for food and design together.

Arati Menon

Arati Menon

Senior Editor

Arati grew up hanging off the petticoat-tails of three generations of Indian matriarchs who used food to speak their language of love—and she finds herself instinctually following suit. Her life has taken her all across the world, but she carries with her a menagerie of inherited home and kitchen objects (and altogether too many spices) that serve as her emotional anchor, no matter the living situation. She's an impassioned ambassador for life in Brooklyn, and a fierce critic of the vast amounts of cream cheese on a New York bagel. She comes to Food52 by way of GQ and Architectural Digest, among other publishers.

Patrick Moynihan

Patrick Moynihan

Senior Social Media Manager

Patrick was born and raised in a suburb of Boston, where he learned the importance of food, family, and Patriots football. His palate was formed by his two Italian grandmothers—one known for her pizza and spaghetti with tuna, the other known famously for her sweet tooth. Patrick spent many of his childhood summers on Cape Cod, so his love of seafood runs strong—he'll never refuse a fried clam strip basket, lobster roll, or Bud heavy whilst sitting on the beach. A Brooklyn resident for the past 3 years, Patrick can often be found at the dog park with his pup, Boomer, or attempting to hone his kitchen skills in his small studio apartment. Patrick graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Plant Science, but started his career in social media at Bose and J. Crew before coming to Food52.

Maggie Slover

Maggie Slover

Senior Copywriter

Raised in a wooded corner of Northern California, Maggie learned early how to chop kindling and make venison taste like boeuf bourguignon. She likes 19th Century literature and only very specific kinds of Earl Grey tea. When word of New York's existence eventually made it to the mountains, she left to pursue a masters in Education at Teachers College, Columbia. And now she's here: At Food52, probably drinking Earl Grey (double bergamot) this minute.

Rob Strype

Rob Strype

Video Editing Lead

Born in Brooklyn and transplanted to the Hudson Valley in middle school, Rob’s childhood was equal parts trips to the bodega and feeding the goat in the backyard. Despite having moved away on a few different occasions, something always brings him back to New York (he thinks it’s the pizza). When he’s not in front of a screen, you might find Rob at a hip-hop show, watching stand-up comedy, or hanging out in Prospect Park with his fiancé, Melanie, and two dogs, Scarlett and Pearl.

Amanda Widis

Amanda Widis

Prop Stylist

Born and raised in North Carolina, Amanda has her roots in the mountains, where she graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in photography. While in college, Amanda worked at Sticky Boy Bread Co. where something stuck—a newfound passion for baking. After a post-graduation stint in Birmingham, Alabama assisting prop stylists and photographers for Time, Inc., she moved to New York City to pursue her food photography passion. She has captured everything from Bar Mitzvahs and corporate events, to wedding cakes and avocado toast. In her free time, Amanda enjoys exploring her newly adopted city, sneaking spoonfuls of peanut butter, and drying any and all kinds of plants and flowers.


Brand Partnerships

Mollie Doherty

Mollie Doherty

Senior Account Manager

Mollie was raised in Brooklyn where she developed a love for cooking from her father. His signature dish was pasta fagioli, a spin on the traditional bean soup that she always thought translated to "Father's Pasta". After attending Connecticut College, where she wrote countless odd poems and studied Italian as a means to learn more about the country's cuisine, Mollie settled into her parents' basement. While working in e-commerce and making many a lonely batch of pesto, Mollie thought it was time to find people who loved food as much as she did. After tasty stints at other food start-ups in social media and public relations, Mollie now lives above ground in Bedford Stuyvesant and happily totes her kale and chickpea laden lunch creations to Food52.

Lucy Flanagan

Lucy Flanagan

Director of Brand Strategy

Lucy spent her college years studying International Law and Arabic and eating her way through London, Rome, and Copenhagen. After graduation, she began her career at a travel start-up, working in branding and hotel partnerships. A former Seamless devotee, she’s here to learn a thing or two from her coworkers. When she’s not at Food52, you can find her oil painting anywhere she can set up shop.

Lizzie Greene

Lizzie Greene

Sales Director

 fullbellyblog.com

After a childhood of home-cooked meals, Lizzie now heads to the kitchen to relax after a long day at work on the advertising team. She loves exploring new projects, like homemade bread, pasta, and pickles—but her favorite thing to do is make a meal with whatever's in the fridge. She lives in a small town called Sleepy Hollow, where she cures charcuterie in her basement, grows tons of vegetables in her garden, and hikes on the weekends with her two dogs and husband.

Gina Johnson

Gina Johnson

Sales Director

A Chicago native who comes from an Italian family, Gina’s been taught that food and family are the two most important things in life. She carries on their tradition of sitting down together on Sunday evenings to eat pasta—lots of pasta. Over 25 years, Gina has built a career in the digital media space with mostly food publishers. She loves nothing more than cookbooks and recipe sites, and has been an active Food52 community member for 10 years. When Gina isn’t cooking and spending time with family, she’s attending graduate school to earn her M.A. in Literature and Digital Translation. It sounds really boring, but she’s fascinated with how we consume books differently in today’s digital world. Not surprisingly, publishing a digital cookbook is something she would love to do in the not-so-distant future.

Grace Renner

Grace Renner

Manager, Brand Strategy

Grace grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, exploring local eateries and enjoying home-cooked meals. On Sundays, her dad would bake homemade breads and cook traditional German dishes like Konigsberger Klopse and goulash. After attending college in Los Angeles, Grace moved to New York City to discover another amazing culinary hub and work in digital media. Previously at a travel media company, Grace is excited to bring her brand partnerships experience to the food industry and up her cooking game along the way. She loves trying new restaurants and recipes—anything that doesn’t involve cilantro.


E-Commerce

Aja Aktay

Aja Aktay

Buyer

A native of the Michigan lakeshore, Aja grew up just outside of Chicago and spent many summers with her mom antiquing, garage sale-ing, and salvaging old furniture. After studying Art History and Product Design at Purdue University, Aja made her way to New York where she worked as a designer for Jill Stuart, BITTEN by Sarah Jessica Parker, and Nike ACG. Prior to Food52, she did a long stint at Ralph Lauren as a Senior Concept Designer where she specialized in concept design, styling, art direction, and vintage buying. After a summer on the Aegean coast in Turkey, Aja returned to New York to pursue her passion for home, interior design, and vintage decor.

Angela Bartolotta

Angela Bartolotta

Drop Ship Supply Chain Manager

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Angela grew up in an Italian-American family where food and cooking were at the heart of most gatherings. She was not the most adventurous eater until she got to college in St. Louis, where her group of friends opened her up to more culinary experimenting. She moved to NYC immediately after graduating, went to culinary school (shout out to fellow ICE alum!), and has spent the past 12 years cooking for family, friends, and assisting with cooking classes in kitchens around the city. Although she comes from the Italian furniture industry, Food52 represents the perfect marriage between her professional skills and personal passions, and she couldn’t be happier to be a part of the team. When not working, she can be found people-watching in the park, with her friends at various restaurants and cocktail bars around the city, and trying to pet every dog she sees on the street.

Kaleigh Embree

Kaleigh Embree

Customer Care Specialist

Born in Nova Scotia, Canada, Kaleigh was raised on hearty, delicious, home-grown dinners in houses filled with laughter, all of which started her life-long love affair with cooking. Always a woman willing to take a chance, Kaleigh made the move from her home town to beautiful New York City to live with her husband. She may have moved to the city for love, but she’s found the home of her heart in the culinary wilderness of Manhattan. Her passion lies in sharing her love of food with others, so after being a chef for over ten years, her transition to Food52's Care team felt natural. When she's not whipping up culinary comfort food for her husband and friends, Kaleigh can be found with her nose buried in a good book, doing a little novel writing of her own, or spread out on a blanket in a park the minute the weather is warm enough.

Jojo Feld

Jojo Feld

VP, Merchandising & Supply Chain

 food52.com/shop

Raised by her mother on a "try everything" attitude, Jojo has been an adventurous eater since birth. A New York native, she indulged in the wilds of the New York City food scene as a youngster —from Chinatown's "mystery meat" dim sum to Zabar's delights like pickled herring in cream sauce. With little to no cooks in the family, she tasted her way through many a restaurant, but got a late 20-something start in the kitchen during several years at a weekend lake house, where most of her time was spent preparing delicious family-style meals with friends. During the week, she dove into the world of the NYC start-up scene, finding her calling in brand storytelling via e-commerce, where she was able to turn her passion for amazing dishes—and the people and stories behind them—into a career. She is thrilled to be sharing the tales of artisans and their amazing craft and creations in the Food52 Shop. When she's not at the office, Jojo can usually be found biking around Brooklyn, hunting hard-to-come-by brews, hosting rooftop BBQs, and baby-talking to her cats.

Jooyoung Kang

Jooyoung Kang

Product Development Associate, Five Two

Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, Jooyoung came to the US at the age of 15 to study fine art. While she delighted in her newfound freedom abroad, Jooyoung found the Korean restaurants around Boston and Pittsburgh to be lacking (and she missed her mom’s home cooked meals), so she began experimenting and making Korean food herself. After college, she moved to NYC and worked on the buying teams at Steven Alan and The Line before joining Food52. In her spare time, Jooyoung enjoys exploring restaurants around town, sipping on mezcal-based cocktails, video chatting with her family in Korea, and telling her husband what to do.

Nisse Lovendahl

Nisse Lovendahl

Customer Care Supervisor

During her early life in Wisconsin, Nisse learned to really appreciate good fruits and vegetables during the painfully short growing season. Spurred by this, she decided to move east and pursue a career as a baker and chef, with a strong focus on fermentation and preservation so she never had to weather a fruitless winter again. After spending almost 10 years working in restaurants, bakeries, and on an urban farm, her scrappiness and food knowledge now come in handy helping the Food52 community. She is at her happiest in the sweaty New York summertime—biking over bridges, doing textile experiments in the sun, and eating grilled things as much as possible.

Jacob Parsons

Jacob Parsons

Assistant Buyer

Jacob grew up in the Pacific Northwest, where he cultivated a love for mossy forests, the sage-scented high desert, and rocky coastlines. He has been checking out cookbooks from the library since third grade, and making a mess in the kitchen for just as long. Jacob pursued his love for food by studying sustainable agriculture, and was captivated by the prospect of creating green landscapes in the city that nourishes and sustains community. An avid gardener, he still pursues this passion, and at Food52 he has the privilege of connecting home cooks like himself with the tools they need to make their time in the kitchen more beautiful and meaningful.

Elise Peters

Elise Peters

Assistant Buyer

Born in London but raised in Texas, Elise grew up surrounded by a family of home cooks who were constantly testing the limits of her 6-year-old palate. Her passion for food comes from time spent in her grandpa’s kitchen, where learning to peel an apple was more about learning family traditions than knife skills. Elise graduated from Barnard College and eventually found her way to Food52, where she gets to combine her love of all things food and home. When she’s not working, Elise can usually be found baking for her friends, reading a good book, or FaceTiming her dog.

Kayla Roolaart

Kayla Roolaart

Assistant Buyer

Kayla was one of the few odd children who enjoyed grocery shopping and didn't mind stopping at the super mercado. From her mother, she inherited an inquisitive palate, an inexplicable love for bowls, an impulse to feed people, and two rules to live by: never show up to a party empty handed, and never be a host who doesn't feed their guests. Fascinated by the intersectionality and expansive power of food, Kayla moved from New Jersey to Brooklyn to pursue a degree in Food Studies at The New School. She fell in love with the stories and connections that are cultivated through food, and naturally found her way to Food52. She usually spends her weekends trying new restaurants, perusing galleries and bookstores, and wondering why she doesn't have a dog.

Erin Sanders

Erin Sanders

Customer Care Operations Manager

Fondly referred to as "hippie adjacent", Erin's early meals featured anything that could be pushed through a food mill (including lasagna!), garbanzo bean loaf, and wheat germ smoothies. Under occasional threat of sleeping at the table or having their supper saved for breakfast, Erin and her siblings were easy converts to the 'clean plate club'. These days Erin can be found cooking up every vegetable at the market, regularly hosting friends for dinner, and spending as much time outside as possible hiking, running and swimming.

Casey Simring

Casey Simring

Buyer

Casey's affection for food can be traced back to two mottos: her mother's "if you cook, they will come" and her grandmother's "always save room for dessert." Both proved to be true early on when Casey took to the kitchen and discovered a love for all things food—with room for sweets. With career beginnings in the art world, Casey quickly integrated her love of design with her passion for food by joining the Shop Team as an Assistant Buyer. Nowadays, you can find her browsing home goods and cookware catalogs by day and sweating over the stovetop by night, with a glass of wine in hand.

Peter Themistocles

Peter Themistocles

Buyer

Peter was lucky enough to grow up in a food-obsessed family on the Hudson Valley, which is known for its farm-fresh ingredients. His upbringing taught him that “more is more” when it comes to food—and dinner guests. After college, Peter moved to Manhattan and jumped into the world of apparel. But outside the office, his love for all things food flourished. He is an avid cook who spends most of his free time in the kitchen testing new recipes, flipping through cookbooks, or taking cooking classes. His latest culinary undertaking is baking his way through Martha Stewart's The Art of Baking. Considered by his friends as the host with the most—he's known to throw intimate dinner parties and cocktail parties for 40 with equal ease—Peter loves snail-mail invitations, an ice-cold martini (bleu cheese stuffed olives preferred), show tunes, and a house full of friends with big appetites.

Kristina Wasserman

Kristina Wasserman

Director, Five Two

Raised in a household of seven, Kristina learned the importance of food early on. The kitchen was the center of the universe—the sacred place where all convened, where meals were shared, and last helpings often fought over. A native of Monterey, California, Kristina left for the east coast to study media and visual art at NYU where she spent time interning for Food Network and working in film production design. From her experience designing sets, her love of discovering products and creating visual narratives emerged, bringing her into the world of retail buying and product development for companies like Fab.com and Calvin Klein Home. At Food52, Kristina is excited to be bringing together her passion for food and the home to tell the stories of beautiful objects and the people who make them. When not at work, you can probably find Kristina exploring her neighborhood of Greenpoint, wandering around a museum, or practicing weaving on her loom.


Product & Engineering

Lauren Ashpole

Lauren Ashpole

Senior Software Engineer

Born in Texas but raised in Kansas and California, Lauren moved to New York after college with vague plans of doing something with her degree in English literature. After a few years of doing web development as a hobby, she realized maybe that should be her day job. She thinks cooking shows are the best background for programming and occasionally tries to copy them at home. Most of her free time is spent designing fonts, baking cookies, and taking photos of her cats.

Jeremy Beker

Jeremy Beker

Principal Engineer

 confusticate.com

Jeremy's love of cooking, food, and wine has grown to be as large a part of his life as technology. Despite early setbacks in his culinary education such as the peanut butter and sprinkle sandwich and a standoff with a bowl of split pea soup, he is now as comfortable with a chef's knife as he is with a compiler. Born in Connecticut, he relocated to Virginia to attend The College of William & Mary for Physics and later Computer Science. Jeremy and his wife love working together in the kitchen and enjoy sharing their passion for food with friends and family whenever possible but have learned that it is critical to know before the cooking begins who is the chef and who is the sous chef to maintain kitchen harmony.

Megan Guntas

Megan Guntas

Product Designer

Born and raised in North Carolina, Megan grew up in a household of picky eaters, where the meals never branched too far from spaghetti, meatloaf, and steak dinners, save for the occasional kielbasa or pierogi. As she began traveling the world and discovering its many cuisines, she realized her passion for food. While living in Ireland with her now-husband, she decided she wanted to unite her love of food with her graphic design career, which led her to Food52. You can find her eating an apple with peanut butter (she doesn't skip a day), enjoying an afternoon reading in Central Park with her husband, planning her next trip, or experimenting in the kitchen at home on the Upper West Side.

June Kim

June Kim

Senior Director, Design & UX

Born and raised in California, June moved to New York City almost 20 years ago to attend college at Columbia University and has loved every minute of New York life since (except for the occasional yearning for year-round sun and good Mexican food). As a child, June's parents were surprised to discover that she hated peanut butter, pancakes, and birthday cake, preferring instead the typically kid-offensive olives, smoked salmon, and mustard. Thus began a lifelong obsession with salty snacks and unique food combinations. She began her career as an editor in book publishing before realizing her true calling was in graphic design. After a risky career switch (including a brief stint in finance to pay for design school), she now cannot imagine life without pixels, vectors, and typography. You can find her in Brooklyn, sipping old-fashioneds, and baking banana bread on the weekends for her son and daughter.

Ryan Kortmann

Ryan Kortmann

Engineering Manager

Born and raised in a small farm town in northeastern Connecticut, Ryan moved to New York after attending Rochester Institute of Technology. His affinity for food is matched only by his love for technology (though admittedly with less prowess than the former). After bouncing around jobs in banking and a few start-ups, he has found his home as an engineer at Food52, where he hopes to learn as much as he contributes. You can find Ryan in Brooklyn, hanging with his cat or checking out new bars and restaurants in the area.

Mark Linderman

Mark Linderman

VP of Engineering

Mark hails from the Midwest but considers himself a New Yorker after decades of living in the city. His childhood food staples consisted of frozen vegetables, chicken livers wrapped in bacon, and something his siblings nicknamed "those one-kind of potatoes." (Let's just say that if Mark ever returned to the Midwest to live, it wouldn't be for the food.) Happily, Mark now lives in Brooklyn where he enjoys all sorts of cuisines on a regular basis and is known to throw together a red shakshuka or a Korean-inspired quinoa bowl (with kale, kimchi, avocado, seaweed, and egg) for his wife and daughter on demand. Mark's been striving his whole career to find the best balance of food and technology (though not at the same time) and to discover an heirloom tomato that's as good as the one he ate back in the summer of 2004.

Funmi Ojo

Funmi Ojo

Software Engineer

Funmi grew up in a small college town in Tennessee, eating Nigerian food at home and Southern food at school. Before joining Food52’s engineering team, she worked as a corporate investigator and research analyst in New York, Washington, DC, Buenos Aires, and São Paulo, where she developed an appreciation for feijoada, pork crackling, and passionfruit. On a typical day, you can find Funmi attempting to become the kind of person who brings their lunch to work.

Nick Paradise

Nick Paradise

Senior Product Manager

Born in Washington DC and raised in Northern Virginia, Nick spent his younger years eating fast food and hanging at strip malls. After graduating from university in the DC area, he packed his bags for New York. After a few years in banking, Nick joined the start-up world and progressed into product management. When he's not building products, he can be found enjoying the simplest foods of life—juicy burgers, cheesesteaks, and funnel cake.

Robin Ting

Robin Ting

Software Engineer

Robin was born in Hong Kong but considers himself a native New Yorker since he moved here when he was just 7 years old. He grew up watching the Food Network and Cantonese travel shows with his family, which developed his love of food and cooking. Now he watches a lot of cooking videos on YouTube—including Food52, of course—and occasionally cooks some of them himself. Some of his favorite things to make include cacio e pepe, New York-style cheesecake, okonomiyaki, oyakodon, and chocolate chunk cookies.

Laura Wolfgang

Laura Wolfgang

Senior Product Manager

 wolfgangceramics.com

Laura spent the first 25 years of her life in California and still squeals when she sees carne asada fries on a restaurant menu. She once spent a sweltering New York summer with her oven cranked up to 500°F, searching for the best sourdough recipe (which temporarily boosted her popularity amongst friends, neighbors, and coworkers). When she's not writing product requirements or prioritizing features for Food52, you can find her at the wheel in her communal ceramics studio, where she makes functional tableware that she sells on her website and ships from her Brooklyn apartment.


Strategy, Growth & Marketing

Kelsey Burrow

Kelsey Burrow

Director, Public Relations

 kelseyburrow.com

Kelsey handles all Food52 PR from Atlanta, Georgia. She moved back South after working in New York City for three years with food clients like Counter Culture Coffee, Bien Cuit, Edible Schoolyard NYC, Regan Arts, egg and many more. Kelsey also works with restaurants and has a background in magazines and writing. Her stories have appeared in National Geographic Books and National Geographic Traveler, Kinfolk and Southern Living, among others. She was the proofreader for Kinfolk for three years and still indulges in The AP Stylebook and Strunk & White. When she's off the clock, she's on a bike—or making friends with a charcuterie board and a glass of Italian wine.

Danielle Curtis-Williams

Danielle Curtis-Williams

Assistant Marketing Manager

Born and raised in Washington, DC, Danielle was lucky enough to grow up with delicious home-cooked meals and a dad who grilled even when there was snow on the ground. While attending college in Southwest Virginia, Danielle discovered her love for fried pickles (slices not spears) and Cheerwine. In the summer of 2017, she made her way from DC to New York and immediately started eating her way through the city she’s always loved. When she isn't cooking or talking about her limitless love of bacon, you can find Danielle at a concert, because the only thing she loves more than food is live music.

Alex Egan

Alex Egan

Senior SEO Strategist

 loveandcarciofi.com

Alex was born and raised in Kinderhook in Upstate New York, and now lives in Washington Heights with her fiancé and their many beloved plants. She went to a small state college, where she was an English major and literary magazine editor, and from there came to New York to get her master's degree in Publishing from NYU. Through previous jobs at Scientific American, Time Out New York, and Hearst, she tried on a variety of hats before stumbling into SEO. Right now she is particularly interested in the wellness side of food. After a SIBO diagnosis a few years ago, she has become well-versed in the making of matcha lattes, smoothie bowls, and homemade yogurt, but her true food love has always been and will always be the bagel (with lox and the works, please).

Angelina Martinez

Angelina Martinez

Integrated Project Manager

Angelina may be an “official” New Yorker now, but will always be a California girl at heart (you better believe she takes full advantage of the Mexican food and sourdough bread every time she visits home). Angelina stumbled into corporate retail by chance during college and never looked back. She worked in a variety of retail business models and roles before she found her ultimate fit in project management. Never one to fear change, she sold everything she owned (except her dog) and moved to New York City to complete her masters at NYU. She appreciates a well-crafted margarita or dirty martini with blue-cheese-stuffed olives and live stand-up comedy. On a typical weekend you can find Angelina brunching with friends, running Prospect Park, and hanging with her meaty little Yorkie, Diesel.

Kelly McPartland

Kelly McPartland

Senior Growth Marketing Manager

Although her name may be quite Irish, Kelly's mom's side of the family has strong Sicilian roots; meaning she grew up on Italian cooking, and has a serious love for garlic and eggplant. Kelly graduated from the University of Delaware, and after her first gig in sales, she went back to grad school for her Master’s in Marketing overseas in London. There she deepened her love for advertising, birdwatching, and traveling (visiting 11 countries in under a year—she's been to 7 more since). Kelly currently lives in Brooklyn, where she enjoys running, watching football, and hanging with her two fluffy cats, Frankie and Charlie.

Cara Vaccaro

Cara Vaccaro

Email Production Coordinator

Cara lives in Brooklyn, where she enjoys hosting game nights and boring her friends with her one and only party trick: the air sax. She knows her way around a cheese board, eats chocolate every single day, and values family (salud), SPF, and good food. Her most immediate goals are to travel more and meet A$AP Rocky.

Anu Varghese

Anu Varghese

Senior Lifecycle Marketing Manager

Anu's passion for food has made her responsible for picking the restaurant or bar every time she goes out with family and friends. Growing up, her parents made amazing meals at home and also loved trying food from different cultures, be it shawarma one day or dumplings the next. This instilled in Anu a fascination with exploring the world through food at a very early age. These days, when she is not working on digital marketing strategies or cooking meals with her husband, she is planning her next trip or watching reruns of The Office (only the seasons with Michael Scott, of course).

Sarah Yaffa

Sarah Yaffa

Senior Data Analyst

When heading off to Boston University's School of Hospitality Administration, Sarah's going away present was a cookbook. Sarah grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs where her mom was responsible for producing delicious aromas in the kitchen, which primed Sarah's love for food. Though she always had a deep passion for the food industry, deep down she had another love for technology. Upon graduation, Sarah focused her career in an environment that combined her two passions. When Sarah is not elbows deep in either food or data, you can find her knitting, crocheting or fishing.


Operations

Alicia Barber

Alicia Barber

Recruiter

Alicia hails from Las Vegas but currently resides in London, where she enjoys writing music and soaking up the burgeoning international food scene. A self-proclaimed Tabasco enthusiast, she is always on the lookout for something to slather in hot sauce, be it a Sri Lankan kari or her great-grandmother's gumbo file. When she's not belting out one of her songs on the guitar, Alicia can be found enjoying a four-pound Scotch at her local or tucking into some nosh at a street food market.

Michael Lentinello

Michael Lentinello

Staff Accountant

Born and raised in Huntington, NY, Michael got his degree in Finance from Adelphi University. Growing up on the north shore of Long Island, Michael has a great appreciation for both seafood and wineries. Born into an Italian American family, he learned the importance of spending time with family and enjoying home cooked meals. Outside of Food52, you can find Michael at one of the multiple music venues around NYC or searching for his new favorite restaurant on Long Island.

Brian Mahoney

Brian Mahoney

Director, People Operations

Brian has been working in hospitality, operations, and human resources in the food, live entertainment, health and wellness, and innovation consulting industries for over 15 years. He loves Food52’s focus on bringing people together through food and cooking. The little he knows about cooking comes from a decade of waiting tables, as well as his big family gatherings growing up in the Silicon Valley. When not stumbling through every Genius recipe, Brian enjoys experimenting with mixology and eating his way through his East Village neighborhood.


Contributors

Erin Jeanne McDowell

Erin Jeanne McDowell

Baking Consultant at Large

 erinjeannemcdowell.com

Erin first got wind of Food52 back in 2009, when her boss at the time sent her a link describing the recipe contests. She immediately joined and began contributing recipes like mad (read: full on nerd status). After culinary school and four years in the cookbook publishing biz, she moved to the big city and emailed the editorial staff begging for a chance to work in the kitchen. Her wish came true, and she baked a heaping pile of drop biscuits to show her gratitude. She's been hanging around the test kitchen (and bringing equally large quantities of baked goods with her) ever since. When she's not at Food52, Erin can be found cooking, styling, and writing about food all over the place, including the blog she co-writes, The Shutter Oven. She lives in New Jersey, where her dog Brimley serves as an excellent vacuum cleaner for fallen bites.

James Ransom

James Ransom

Photographer

 jamesransom.com

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 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.

Contributors

Recipe Testers

Dawne Marie Shonfield

Dawne Marie Shonfield

Volunteer Recipe Tester

Kate H. Knapp

Kate H. Knapp

Volunteer Recipe Tester

 katehknapp.com

Susan Streit

Susan Streit

Volunteer Recipe Tester

 cratecooking.com

Victoria Ross

Victoria Ross

Volunteer Recipe Tester

 BibiAndEdes.com

Sundry MVPs

William Miglore

William Miglore

Chief Auxiliary Assistant, Party Thrower, General-Purpose Dreamboat

Charlotte Druckman

Charlotte Druckman

Co-founder of the Tournament of Cookbooks

Jason Rapp

Jason Rapp

Advisor

Tad Friend

Tad Friend

Amanda's Husband, Tireless Food52 Supporter and Late Night Editor

Jonathan Dorman

Jonathan Dorman

Merrill's Husband, Tireless Food52 Supporter and Legal Counsel