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Amanda Hesser

Amanda Hesser

Co-Founder & CEO

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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 9-year-old twins.

Merrill Stubbs

Merrill Stubbs

Co-Founder & President

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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.

Product

Micki Balder

Micki Balder

Software Engineer

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Boston-native Micki comes to Food52 by way of somewhere between 3 and 10 careers in everything from food service to public relations. She’s known that she wanted to work in food since she spent that summer in 2005 binge-watching Good Eats episodes, and suddenly transformed from a mere baking enthusiast to 'that girl that walks 5 miles in a new city in search of the awesome shaved ice place she read about once' (next time you're in New Orleans, go to Hansen's Sno Ice!). It is not uncommon to find her spending entire weekends baking bread, making mascarpone from scratch, and geeking out over stinky Camembert or homemade milk punch. When she’s not knee deep in cooking projects, Micki subsists on a hearty diet of good bourbon, soul music, and swing dancing.

Jeremy Beker

Jeremy Beker

Senior Software Engineer

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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.

Amanda Russell

Amanda Russell

Product Manager

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Amanda grew up in a small town in Virginia with one pizza place, one Mexican restaurant and a Chinese restaurant. Her first job was washing dishes at a barbecue restaurant and somehow, it didn't turn her off of food forever! Despite the small town upbringing, she's always been a traveler, and traveling means trying new foods - haggis in Edinburgh, kebabs in Turkey, mussels in Belgium and macarons in Paris. You can find her ordering two dozen oysters for dinner, reading anything and everything, and planning her next trip.

Alex Burgos

Alex Burgos

Software Engineer

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Alex was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where he lived for 20 years. He doesn’t think he will love anything more than dogs, but palm trees are a close second. His favorite dish will always be his grandma’s rice and peas with a heavy side of plantains. At 21 he decided to move to New York and finish his degree in Computer Engineering, and at 23 he moved to the city for his first job at a start-up. Two subsequent career moves later, he ended up at Food52, where his love for good design, code, and food intersect.

June Kim

June Kim

Digital Design Director

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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 daughter.

Shop

Jojo Feld

Jojo Feld

Director, Buying and Product Development

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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. She keeps her kitchen amount of mustard.

Kristina Wasserman

Kristina Wasserman

Buyer & Shop Merchandising Manager

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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 to 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.

Rebecca Salisbury

Rebecca Salisbury

Director, Customer Care

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Rebecca was drawn to cooking and food at a young age. She spent summers in Italy watching her grandmother tend to her garden and learning recipes from the family matriarch. She could properly roll pasta by the age of 4. Rebecca has a penchant for a well-made gin martini, pork tacos, loud music, and a good pun. Her two french bulldogs, Brody and Clementine, are the apples of her eye. On any given weekend you can find her in one of Jersey’s finest diners (grilled cheese in hand), aruguing the benefits of a well balanced Taylor Ham diet and laughing as loud as possible.

Jackson Fust

Jackson Fust

Assistant Buyer

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When people ask Jackson to describe himself in a word, he responds by quoting his idol, Britney Spears: "I’m country!" Born and raised in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains, Jackson’s "country" upbringing is marked by a pet potbelly pig, concord grapes off the vine, and abundant peach and apple trees that made for some great grandma-baked pies. Let’s just say, Jackson was farm to table before farm to table was cool. Alas, Jackson left his hometown for the greener lawn of UVA where he hatched a plan to be a lawyer. Four years and no law degree later, Jackson is now Assistant Buyer for the Shop at Food52, a company that is sweeter than his grandmother’s apple pie.

Natalia Panzer

Natalia Panzer

Customer Care Associate

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Natalia grew up in Auckland, New Zealand where she spent her childhood picking wild feijoas and loafing around at the beach. When she was 16, her family moved to San Antonio, Texas, and it was there, bored and angsty, that she got her first job as a hostess at her local diner. This was the first in a long string of food service gigs, and it was during those years of tamping espresso and scrubbing sheet pans that she developed her ongoing relationship to food and cooking. These days, she spends most of her time writing, dabbling in web design, and trying to perfect homemade falafel pita—her spirit food.

Melissa Langer

Melissa Langer

Senior Customer Care Specialist

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Melissa’s love of food is as big as her cat, Moose, which is to say, constantly growing. After graduating from Boston University, she moved to New York in 2014 to pursue a career in fashion styling but swerved into the food world after realizing that her affinity for handmade ceramics and unfussy breakfasts really couldn’t be denied. You’ll often find her scooping out an avocado, experimenting with her lap loom, or staring googly eyed at the bowls in the Food52 Shop.

Casey Simring

Casey Simring

Assistant Buyer

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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.

Emily Kochman

Emily Kochman

Customer Care Specialist

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Emily grew up on a small farm in Massachusetts, surrounded by creative people who loved to eat. After earning a degree in visual arts, Emily worked for a gallery and an arts-focused startup. But the cookbook section of every bookstore called her like no other, and so she enrolled in culinary school and began her journey in food. These days, you're likely to find her combining the two — that is, when she's not busy eating all the almonds.

Creative

Kristen Miglore

Kristen Miglore

Creative Director

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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!).

James Ransom

James Ransom

Photographer

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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.

Alexis Anthony

Alexis Anthony

Art Director and Stylist

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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.

Josh Cohen

Josh Cohen

Test Kitchen Chef

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A native of Brooklyn, Josh's earliest food memory is the time that his father brought home a pound of still-warm fresh mozzarella, and in a matter of minutes the two of them had eaten the entire thing. It was not a surprise when, years later, Josh decided to spend the earliest part of his culinary career learning to make fresh pasta in a town outside of Parma, Italy. Josh is inspired by seasonal produce, the many cultures represented through food in New York City, and the New York Mets (even when they break your heart).

Allison Bruns Buford

Allison Bruns Buford

Test Kitchen Manager

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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.

Erin McDowell

Erin McDowell

Baking Consultant at Large

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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.

Liz Andrew

Liz Andrew

Digital Asset Manager & Photo Retoucher

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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.

Timothy McSweeney

Timothy McSweeney

Senior Graphic Designer

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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 of 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, shipped himself to New York City and blended his love for food and design together.

Business

Gabriella Mangino

Gabriella Mangino

Senior Manager, Brand Experience

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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 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.

Olivia Bloom

Olivia Bloom

Shop Editor and Executive Assistant

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Despite her name, it took Olivia many, many years to like olives (and now she can't live without them). After stints in audio editing, fashion advertising, and architecture, Olivia made her way to Food52, where she's fostered an appreciation for flour sack towels and giant spools of twine. She strongly believes there is no such thing as a bad french fry.

Victoria Maynard

Victoria Maynard

Controller

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Victoria is our resident Canadian-Texan. Since graduating from Michigan State, she has counted dollars and cents at a few startups before adding calories to that list at Food52. Victoria’s mother taught her how to cook, with a little help from Ina Garten, and her father taught her the importance of a good glass(es) of wine. When she is not in a spreadsheet, you can find Victoria museum and gallery hopping, drinking Prosecco with her large extended family, taking style tips from Blue Ivy Carter and not leaving the East Village on weekends. She loves debits & credits, bread & butter, and art & antiques equally.

Adam Becker

Adam Becker

Office Manager

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Adam has loved food all his life. From eating handfuls of raw dough while his mom baked cookies, smoking brisket in the backyard with his dad, or trying to figure out every way to make instant ramen even more delicious, much of his life has been surrounded by the creation and consumption of food. After graduating from college with a degree in American Studies, he spent time in NYC working in customer service and sales for a startup. He recently spent a year living in Nashville, TN, where he worked for a socially-conscious shoe company and at Sean Brock’s restaurant, Husk, where he revelled in the presence of some of the best food and most talented chefs in the country. At Food52, Adam loves being able to combine his passion for food with his ability to lift heavy objects and reach things on tall shelves.

Amber Sands Heffernan

Amber Sands Heffernan

Director of Business Development

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Great granddaughter of each a German baker, a flour manufacturer and a general store owner, Amber should have seen Food52 coming. But in true reflection of her serial entrepeneur father, Amber always had her mind set on finding her own way in the world, methodically making choices in stark contrast of those before her. This ambition fueled a mighty swimming career, sent her from the Bay Area to Princeton and then onto working in law and news media before awakening to the fact that her DNA did, in fact, know her better than she knew herself. These days if you can’t find Amber in the kitchen juggling multiple crockpots or booking-worming with her husband, you’ll have to chase her down (unlikely) running somewhere on Riverside.

Sarah Yaffa

Sarah Yaffa

Data Analyst

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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.

Shannon Condon

Shannon Condon

Accountant

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Shannon spent her college years at Bentley University in Massachusetts, where she studied accounting and constantly complained that the quality of the pizza and bagels was nothing like back home on Long Island. After graduating, she was thrilled to get a job in New York that allowed her to combine the sweet tooth and love of excel spreadsheets she inherited from her Dad. When she’s not in the office, you can find her baking or curled up with a cup of tea and a book.

Advertising

Sam Stahl

Sam Stahl

Chief Revenue Officer

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Sam was born in Atlanta, GA where he spent the first 22 years of his life. In Atlanta he studied English Literature at Emory University, while at the same time developing a deep passion for Coca-Cola, one of the tastiest products ever created. Two days after graduating from Emory, Sam promptly forgot everything he learned from his liberal arts education and moved to NYC to begin a career in advertising. He has worked at a variety of media companies, connecting the world's biggest advertisers with passionate audiences and great content. Sam still begins every day with a fountain Coke from McDonald's.

Jane Poretsky

Jane Poretsky

Account Executive

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Growing up in a traditional Russian-Jewish family, every birthday, holiday, even weekday (?) revolved around copious quantities of food, and loud laughter. As a teen, Jane wanted to own a café and serve chocolate croissants all day. Midway through studying hospitality at NYU, she started her food blog, Caramelized Sarcasm. Jane realized that cooking and sharing recipes (whether written, or video) was just as thrilling. Coming from Martha Stewart Living, she joins the Food52 team to seek out the best advertising partnerships and to nibble on test kitchen samples. Find her on the weekend eating banana pancakes, countering the calories with yoga, or aimlessly wandering the village with friends.

Clare Slaughter

Clare Slaughter

Account Director

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Growing up in New England with a family that split its time fixating on library sciences and elaborate kitchen projects, Clare has had food on her mind from the get go. After graduating from Vassar College with a highly practical degree in Victorian History, a quick ride down Metro North led Clare to settle in Brooklyn. Since then she's worked her way through New York's restaurant and media worlds alike—it should be noted that both new and old media (i.e. antiquarian books) have been afforded her energies. She's managed to marry food and media pursuits as Food52 Account Director. Her weekends are spent ogling farmers markets' goods, guzzling gin, and lamenting her roommate's cat allergy. She favors bitter flavors.

Zoe Paknad

Zoe Paknad

Account Executive

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Zoe hails from the Silicon Valley where she grew up with two entrepreneurs for parents and spent most of her childhood sitting under her mom's desk drawing up "business plans" with her crayons. Since becoming too large to fit under her mom's desk, she has graduated from The New School, brought a fashion brand to life on social media, and has collected far too many coffee mugs. You can find her at her home in Brooklyn, shamelessly instagramming her attempts at recreating her grandmother's Persian cooking.

Connor Bower

Connor Bower

Advertising Coordinator

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A family friend kickstarted Connor’s "champagne taste on a beer budget" lifestyle after offering him a bite of a caviar-topped blini at age 8, and his parents’ bank account never truly recovered. After a brief stint in a cheese shop, Connor graduated with a degrees in economics and Chinese in an attempt to thwart the slow hiring market of the early 2010s. He then absconded to the city of Shenzhen to travel and improve his chopstick skills (teaching English from time to time to pay the bills) before setting down in New York to work with our sponsorship partners. Favorite topics of conversation include how there is no such thing as too much butter for mashed potatoes, why soup dumplings are the perfect food, and the importance of doubling garlic in recipes.

Joyce Kim

Joyce Kim

Digital Ad Ops Manager

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As a native New Yorker who grew up in a Korean-American household, carbs were destined to be Joyce's best frenemy (Rice! Bagels! Pasta!). Thanks to her mom who throws it down in the kitchen, being passionate about food is more than just a hobby in her family — it’s simply a way of life. After receiving her master’s in biology and working in healthcare, she decided to explore the world of digital media and has fortuitously found a way to be surrounded by food all the time, thanks to Food52. Aside from testing out new kitchen gadgets, recipes and wines, she loves to catch W's in her fantasy football leagues, wake surf and travel to beach destinations.

Lily Soysal

Lily Soysal

Director, Brand Experience

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Born in NYC and raised in the Village of Sea Cliff, a one-square-mile town that overlooks Hempstead Harbor, Lily grew up sailing (because her dad made her) and eating a ton of sandy egg salad on the beach. Instead of going to college after high school, Lily set off on a 6-month trip around the world. Then she went to college. But then she left again to travel some more. Finally she graduated with a degree in Anthropology and landed her very first job in media with Teen Vogue (go figure). Since then, Lily has seasoned her marketing experience at brands such as WWD, Allure, AFAR, and Bon Appétit, and has written editorially for iVillage and California Home + Design. Lily has a deep affection for the industry and joins Food52 most recently from Vanity Fair. When she’s not at the office, she’s cutting up blueberries for her son, Gabriel, or entertaining friends with her bread-baking husband, Jay.

Corey Brand

Corey Brand

Sales Director

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Hailing from Long Island - Corey spends his days dreaming fondly about food, and his nights...well, dreaming even more about food. Armed with a few key pointers on how to cook and throw a great party from his father, Corey has finally taken full control of culinary future, after only a few decades. Before joining Food52, Corey worked most closely in B2B Tech Sales, but his passion for all things cooking and eating was always present (and welcomed!). Now as luck would have it, he gets to marry his love of food/drink/travel with his day-to-day sales job, helping his clients succeed with great partnerships.

Kaitlyn Baker

Kaitlyn Baker

Account Manager

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You would think growing up in rural Illinois with farmers as grandparents and a step grandpa that was considered "King of the Farmer's Market" that Kaitlyn would have been skilled in the kitchen from birth. However, she didn't master her culinary skills until she learned she had food sensitivities (about 5 years ago). Now, she has taken her culinary palette from burnt foods (and smoke alarms!) to delicious, healthy eating. Before joining Food52 in January, Kaitlyn spent ~5 years working in Marketing at TV/digital networks (NBCU & Food Network). On nights & weekends, if she isn't at the studio working out or running along the pier in Hoboken, you can find her researching ways to make coconut (or cauliflower) everything!

Grace Montgomery

Grace Montgomery

Manager, Brand Experience

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Grace joined Food52 in January 2017 with a background in marketing and communication. She graduated with a degree in mass communication from Louisiana State University and her past experience includes work with AFAR Media, Ogilvy & Mather, Zehnder Communications and on Capitol Hill. Born in Charleston, S.C., and raised in Lake Charles, La., Grace didn’t grow up in a culinary family, but learned all about Southern cooking while working for Louisiana’s Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne, who oversaw tourism for the state. Now, Grace loves trying new foods and is always growing her cooking skills.

Mollie Doherty

Mollie Doherty

Account Manager

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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 startups 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.

Marketing

Emily Butler

Emily Butler

VP, Marketing & Merchandising

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Emily hails from Sydney, Australia, where the beaches are long, the coffee is unrivaled, and air-conditioning is pretty much non-existent. Although she's called New York City home for the past six years, she still uses weird sayings in the office that nobody understands. When she's not leading our marketing team here at Food52, you can find her trying (and failing) to keep up with her triathlete husband in Battery Park, or baking in the kitchen with her son, Max.

Eunice Choi

Eunice Choi

Director of Events

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Eunice grew up in California surrounded by 73 degree weather, delicious Korean food, and frequent trips to the beach. After graduating from Cornell’s Hotel School, she decided to stay on the east coast and pursue her passion for food in NYC. She began her career in producing culinary demonstrations at national food festivals including the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, NYC Wine & Food Festival, and South Beach Wine & Food Festival. Loving the thrill of events, she worked at Food & Wine Magazine, Bon Appetit Magazine, and Luvo where she managed brand partnerships and events. When she’s not planning events for Food52, you can usually find her rallying her friends to a karaoke bar, searching for the best Mexican food in the city, or trying to recreate her mom’s Korean food at home.

Kaitlin Bray

Kaitlin Bray

Community Manager

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Kaitlin grew up in Charlotte, Vermont where she begrudgingly weeded the garden, drank seltzer instead of soda, and resented the contents of her lunchbox. She developed an interest first in food policy, and later with cooking while in college in Portland, Oregon. Since then she has called New Orleans and Brooklyn home and has spent her time immersed in regional food system development, food media, and trying to master the art of homemade pizza. She joins the growing list of Food52’ers with an MA in Food Studies from NYU. The only thing she won’t eat is fake maple syrup (as any self-respecting Vermonter would do).

Megan Lang

Megan Lang

Manager, Digital Marketing

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Megan is a strong believer that food is not just sustenance—it's a lifestyle. Having spent the majority of her adult life in NYC (with a short stint in Europe), Megan has been spoiled by having the best restaurants and ingredients for home cooking at her fingertips. After honing her skills as a marketer in the luxury retail industry, Megan decided that it was time to chase her passion and find a job that would allow her to combine her marketing knowledge with her love of food. She's thrilled to have landed at Food52! When she's not digging through Excel spreadsheets, Megan can be found eating inappropriate amounts of pasta, countering the pasta with Central Park runs and barre classes, and embarking on travel adventures.

Nina Amjadi

Nina Amjadi

Email Production Coordinator

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Nina grew up with in a family of expert Persian food cooks. There was always a feast whether it was her mom, grandmother or aunts' cooking. She experimented with baking in her teens but found her calling closer to her Dad's—in startups and online marketing. Nina continues her love of food through exploring the restaurant scene in New York City.

Kelsey Burrow

Kelsey Burrow

PR Manager

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Kelsey handles our pr based in 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's Traveler magazine, 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.

Grace Ouma-Cabezas

Grace Ouma-Cabezas

Marketing Director

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Grace is just your typical Kenyan-Jersey girl — with a love of $2 pizza slices and East African curry that runs equally deep. Growing up in a diverse community in New Jersey — early on she developed an appreciation for the cultural connections in food while going shopping with her mom to recreate dishes from home (which often included an Indian grocer, Korean market, Latin produce stand, and Halal butcher— just to name a few). After finishing college in New Jersey, Grace made her lifelong love of NYC official and moved there in 2007. Before making her way to Food52, she spent a little over a decade in marketing roles across ecommerce, lifestyle media, and on-demand services. On a typical Sunday, you can find her brunching and people-watching in her beloved Harlem neighborhood.

Sophie Corwin

Sophie Corwin

Growth Marketing Coordinator

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Sophie grew up in Long Beach, NY where she may or may not have been known to eat an entire watermelon in one sitting. She developed a deep love for all-things-food early on thanks to her mom who made sure there was a home cooked meal on the table every night. When Sophie went on to write her college essay on guacamole and take every food-related course Duke University had to offer, it came as surprise to no one. Fast forward to today, and you’ll find her in the East Village, hunting down the best hole-in-the-wall restaurants and waving at every dog she passes.

Margot Wood

Margot Wood

Social Media Director

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Margot grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and moved to New York City in 2009. She studied marketing at Emerson College and began her career at tech start ups as a community manager and front-end web designer. In 2012 she was hired by HarperCollins to launch and manage EpicReads.com — the largest online community for fans of young adult novels. She joined Food52 in 2017 and since then has discovered she has very poor impulse control when it comes to avoiding the free food that comes out of the Test Kitchen.

Marisa Manney

Marisa Manney

E-Commerce Merchandising Manager

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Marisa was born in NYC and has lived here all her life! She started her merchandising career while still in college at FIT, first as a visual merchandiser and traffic pattern planner for cool projects like exhibits at the museum of natural history and mall Christmas wonderlands, then moved to digital eCommerce focus where those skills were translated to websites. Along the way, she picked up some other interesting vocations such as sometimes florist and online minister– even performing ceremony services for two friends' weddings! When she's not working, she is either planning an international trip or spending time with her adorable niece and nephew. Marisa currently lives in Forest Hills, Queens with two cats and way too many books– if you need a recommendation, she's your girl!

Editorial

Sarah Jampel

Sarah Jampel

Special Projects Editor & Stylist

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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.

Samantha Weiss-Hills

Samantha Weiss-Hills

Partnerships Editor

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After several years of toiling dutifully in the art world at gigs at the Guggenheim Museum and Metropolitan Museum of Art, it occurred to Samantha that she was meant to write about food instead of contemporary sculpture, artist statements, and retrospectives. She promptly left her fancy museum job and dove headfirst into a career in eating. Before arriving at Food52, she helmed communications for Food Book Fair. Sam’s a Hoosier by birth, and after several years in New York, she recently returned to Bloomington, Indiana (Go Hoosiers!) with her husband. She holds a BA in Journalism and an MA in Arts Administration from Indiana University. And she sure loves bowling.

Ali Slagle

Ali Slagle

Books Editor & Stylist

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Before hoarding pastries and doing a few other things at Food52, Ali edited cookbooks and ate a lot more salad in the San Francisco Bay Area. Before that, she studied geography and Chinese at UC Berkeley. She’s still trying to figure out what she thought she would do with those majors, but fortunately her love for writing (in English); cooking, which she got from her mom and Smitten Kitchen; and eating—especially Thai food—turned into a pretty good gig. She likes her books aplenty, her vegetables roasted, and her nonna’s ravioli best.

Stephanie Bourgeois

Stephanie Bourgeois

Head Recipe Tester

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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.

Lindsay-Jean Hard

Lindsay-Jean Hard

Contributing Writer & Editor

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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.

Mayukh Sen

Mayukh Sen

Staff Writer

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The son of two immigrants from West Bengal, Mayukh grew up in the bowels of suburban New Jersey. After eighteen years there, he moved across the country to study History at Stanford University. He figured four years of Silicon Valley were more than enough, so he promptly returned East after graduation to New York. He almost went to film school, decided that was a bad idea on the day of orientation, and instead begged his way to a career in journalism. He served as the Editorial Director of The Atlantic's social media experiment, This., after which he dove into culture writing. His writing on film, television, and music has appeared in New York Magazine, Pitchfork, VICE, the FADER, and a slew of other places. He'd written about food exactly zero times before joining Food52 in September 2016, nor does he really know how to cook. So it's a good thing that most of what he covers at Food52 is about food through the flexible prism of culture.

Nikkitha Bakshani

Nikkitha Bakshani

Associate Editor

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Born and half-raised in India (she moved to New Jersey at the age of 10), Nikkitha loves dosas and baked ziti with equal enthusiasm. Before Food52, she worked at Departures, the Village Voice, and the Paris Review. She loves making hour-by-hour itineraries when she travels, and then abandoning them to chill at a cafe or bar or museum. She knows many random factoids, and loves breads that aren't square.

Katie Macdonald

Katie Macdonald

Assistant Editor

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Born and raised in Lafayette, LA, Katie learned at an early age not to judge the inevitable mess that comes with eating crawfish, beignets, or boudin. After graduating with a degree in mass communication from Louisiana State University, she moved to the North (without a proper jacket) to break into magazine publishing. Previously, Katie worked at Men’s Health (she still doesn’t exercise) and Popular Mechanics (she still isn’t handy). Fortunately, she already loved cooking, eating, and talking about food before joining Food52.

Hana Asbrink

Hana Asbrink

Home & Design Editor

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Hana is a proud New Yorker and grew up with a rich appreciation for both everything bagels and pungent Korean jjigae. After getting her master’s in journalism at Northwestern University, Hana worked at media outlets including InStyle, Tasting Table, Martha Stewart, and Bloomberg News. She attended the French Culinary Institute (now International Culinary Center), followed by a brief stint at Jean-Georges’s ABC Kitchen. Her love for the intersecting worlds of food, art, and design can also be seen on the culinary lifestyle site, Pantry Confidential, which she co-founded. Outside of work, you can find her on the Lower East Side with her husband and toddler daughter.

Contributors

Anna Hezel

Anna Hezel

Contributing Writer
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Cathy Huyghe

Cathy Huyghe

Contributing Writer
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Drew Lavyne

Drew Lavyne

Videographer

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Kyle Orosz

Kyle Orosz

Videographer

Erik Lombardo

Erik Lombardo

Contributing Writer
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Eric Moran

Eric Moran

Contributing Photographer

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Recipe Testers

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William Miglore

William Miglore

Chief Auxiliary Assistant, Party Thrower, General-Purpose Dreamboat

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Christy Fletcher

Christy Fletcher

Agent

Charlotte Druckman

Charlotte Druckman

Co-founder of the Tournament of Cookbooks

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Aly Racer

Advisor

Tad Friend

Tad Friend

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

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Jonathan Dorman

Jonathan Dorman

Merrill's Husband, Tireless Food52 Supporter and Legal Counsel

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