Our Team


Founders

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.


Product

Ryan Charles

Ryan Charles

Chief Product Officer

Ryan printed signs for his first lemonade stand on an old Apple computer, which set the stage for a career combining food and technology. In his career he's followed his stomach to the restaurant world, where he made reviews accessible on smartphones, and later launched a company that helped shoppers make better decisions on everything from baby food to consumer electronics. When he’s not at Food52 he can be found in his kitchen making guacamole from a family recipe.

June Kim

June Kim

Design Director

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.

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.

DJ Archuleta

DJ Archuleta

Senior Product Manager

DJ grew up in Colorado, where he spent his winters skiing and snowboarding and his summers camping, hiking, and mountain biking. His love for food started from an early age, watching his grandmother make tamales and feasting on his aunts’ chili at family gatherings. After getting his MBA at the University of Colorado and a brief but very cold 2-year stint in Maine, DJ packed up his family and moved to New York, where his appetite has been continually spoiled by all the wonderful, authentic restaurants. DJ has been in Digital Product Management for Fortune 500 companies as well as start-ups for the last 15 years.

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.

Sarah Yaffa

Sarah Yaffa

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.

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.

Rebecca Sutter

Rebecca Sutter

UX Designer

🔗 rebeccaaaa.com

A former picky eater raised in Texas on queso, egg rolls, and Filipino desserts, Rebecca has thankfully come around to a variety of flavors such as oysters (for the $1 happy hours), olives (for the martinis), and Tums (for the martinis). Her fondness for technology began in the early 90s with a floppy disc car design game (it was an interactive Buick catalog). Later she refined her internet skills customizing friends’ MySpace profiles and eventually at actual advertising and design agencies for clients such as the NY Post, KCRW, Serious Eats, and StreetEasy. Rebecca and her turtle R. Shelly live in Brooklyn with their collection of houseplants.

Cody Kestigian

Cody Kestigian

Data Scientist

🔗 technicalecstasy.biz

Cody grew up on a small farm near Worcester, Massachusetts and made his way to the big city to work with numbers. As a data scientist at Food52, he helps the product team juice the stats through various types of data sifting, dredging, and pickling. When he's not writing Python code he loves gardening with his wife, cooking dinner with his cat, and visualizing algorithmic hallucinations with his metal band. His favorite comfort foods are zaru soba and Polar Orange Dry.


Marketing

Suzanne D'Amato

Suzanne D'Amato

SVP, Brand

Suzanne grew up in San Francisco, loving Mission burritos and cloudy beach days. She moved to New York with dreams of being a writer, an editor, or some combination of the two. Several jobs later—at Vogue, The Washington Post, and SELF, among other places—she joined the Food52 team, where she is continually impressed by her coworkers’ creativity (and their lunches). When she’s not at Food52, you can find her in Brooklyn, hanging out with her husband and cat, and sometimes making her grandmother’s pierogi.

Grace Ouma-Cabezas

Grace Ouma-Cabezas

VP, Digital Marketing

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, Grace 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.

Kelsey Burrow

Kelsey Burrow

PR Manager

🔗 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.

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).

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).

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.

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.

Lisa Chung

Lisa Chung

Email Marketing Manager

Lisa grew up in the Chicago suburbs, where some of her favorite childhood memories center around food: sitting at the dinner table made by her dad that had an insert for a Korean BBQ grill, eating her mom's home-cooking and her versions of haystack (aka taco salad with Fritos) and great steak sandwiches (which were both tastier than the originals), and enjoying $1 slices at the community pool's snack shop. After graduating with a degree in journalism, she moved to NYC so she could eat $1 slices any time she wants, and also work in media. She was an editor at NYMetroParents, and then learned all things email at Travelzoo before joining Food52. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her fiancé, their dog Sesame, and their sometimes-neglected plants: a wispy silver lavender and an ever-alert calathea.

Danielle Curtis-Williams

Danielle Curtis-Williams

Marketing Coordinator

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 on her quest to become a Yelp Elite, you can find Danielle at a concert, because the only thing she loves more than food is live music.

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.

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.


Business

Victoria Maynard

Victoria Maynard

VP, Finance

Victoria is our resident Canadian-Texan. Since graduating from Michigan State, she has counted dollars and cents at a few start-ups 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.

Lisa Fanniff

Lisa Fanniff

Senior Accounting Manager

Lisa grew up in a very small town in upstate NY and decided to shake things up by going to college in New York City. After graduating college, she decided it was time to really venture out and explore the world. She quickly found out that traveling was her favorite thing and took up photography to capture as many places and memories as possible. She has since traveled to about 20 countries and always makes sure to enjoy the local cuisines. Even though travel is what really keeps her going, she always makes time to go home for her mom's delicious Italian cooking and most importantly, meatballs. When Lisa isn't on a plane, you can find her hiking a mountain or snapping pictures somewhere.

Annalee Leggett

Annalee Leggett

Strategy and Finance Manager

Growing up in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, Annalee was always a short distance from the ocean. She dove into cooking in middle school, her two younger sisters at her side as sous chefs. While attending Georgetown University, she loved hosting dinner parties with friends, testing the limits of their tiny apartment kitchens. Now, Annalee lives in Brooklyn, where she can be found running with friends, composting at the farmers market, or planning her next dining adventure.

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

Manager of 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.


Creative

Kristen Miglore

Kristen Miglore

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!).

Jon Schober

Jon Schober

VP, Brand Operations

Jon has lived in three very different places: the gigantic suburbs of Dallas, the frigid tundra of Minneapolis, and Harlem, where he currently resides. He started his career in radio at the University of Minnesota before moving to WNYC to oversee on-air programming and production-manage podcasts. One day after finishing his Master's at the New School, he decided it was time to follow his real passion: the intersection of food and media. By a stroke of major luck, he ended up at Food52, where he's learned that other people love a good Frito Pie and Ina Garten's Mocha Chocolate Icebox Cake just as much as he does. You can find him collecting kitchen goods for his overflowing cabinets, plants for his apartment, and loads of leftovers from failed recipe attempts.

Alexis Anthony

Alexis Anthony

Art Director and Stylist

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 Director

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).

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.

Liz Andrew

Liz Andrew

Senior Retoucher/Asset Manager

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.

Ishita Singh

Ishita Singh

Video Programming Director

Ishita basically grew up in the kitchen, first watching then helping her mom cook multi-course Indian feasts. While her career path initially drove her to news video, her mind was always on food, and she's thrilled to combine those interests at Food52. When she's not eating or thinking about digital video strategy, she's probably running around New York City, traveling to new places, or parked on the couch with a good book.

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.

Rob Strype

Rob Strype

Senior Video Editor

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.

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.

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.

Brooke Deonarine

Brooke Deonarine

Prop Stylist

🔗 brookedeonarine.com

Always an artist, Brooke made her way to New York via art school in Florida and TV and film production in Los Angeles. Upon moving to New York, she discovered the world of prop styling. After working in all facets of the trade, whether in prop houses, or fashion shoots, she succumbed to her culinary calling. When not making food related scenes look their prettiest, you can find her exploring museums and beaches, or just hanging at a Brooklyn playground with her two kids and her husband.

Eddie Barrera

Eddie Barrera

Studio Manager & Prop Stylist

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.

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.

Allison Bruns Buford

Allison Bruns Buford

Test Kitchen Cook

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.

Erin McDowell

Erin 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.


Advertising

Sam Stahl

Sam Stahl

Chief Revenue Officer

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.

Azora Zoe Paknad

Azora Zoe Paknad

Director, Revenue Operations

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.

Joyce Kim

Joyce Kim

Director, Ad Operations and Programmatic Revenue

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, Joyce loves to catch W's in her fantasy football leagues, wake surf, and travel to beach destinations.

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.

Lauren Black

Lauren Black

Lauren Black, Senior Account Executive

Lauren grew up in a small town in southern Illinois, where the kitchen was the center of her home. She spent weekday afternoons at the kitchen counter doing homework, while her mom, despite having a full-time job, still managed to whip up something fresh and delicious every single night. Summers were spent making cobbler from blackberries grown in the backyard, or grilling steak and vegetables on the patio. It’s no surprise that Lauren ended up in NYC, surrounded by so much great food. You can usually find her in the kitchen in her apartment, trying a new recipe or turning to an old favorite. She has spent the past seven years working in advertising and is excited to marry her passion for the media business with her passion for food.

Mollie Doherty

Mollie Doherty

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.

Nicole Shuldiner

Nicole Shuldiner

Account Executive

Sunday night dinners were a family ritual for Nicole. After watching her dad whip up amazing dishes, she quickly fell in love with how food connects and brings people together. Today, you can find Nicole exploring the restaurant scene in various cities with family and friends. Since college, Nicole has worked in advertising and is excited to finally tie together her love for food with her job.

Ashley Hutchison

Ashley Hutchison

Account Coordinator

Ashley grew up in Westport, Connecticut, where home-cooked Sunday family dinners were a weekly occurrence. Meals were often made from "The Maurer Family Cookbook", her family's compilation of original and favorite recipes. Attending college at Bucknell University in rural Pennsylvania made her appreciate her family dinners and recognize her love for food. A particularly enlightening course on the impact of the food system on the environment sparked her pursuit of a food-related career, which led her to Food52. She now lives in New York City's East Village, so family dinner in Connecticut is only a quick train ride away.

Rebekah Daniels

Rebekah Daniels

Account Manager

Born and raised in Honolulu, Rebekah grew up eating foods from different cultures, but with a Filipino mother and grandmother and a variety of Asian diaspora in her hometown, she quickly fell in love with all types of Asian cuisines, particularly those involving raw fish. When Rebekah moved to New York to get her master's degree in digital media at NYU, her obsession with food continued to grow. Previously at Food & Wine and PureWow, Rebekah joined the team Food52 to marry her love of advertising and sponsored content with food. You can find her at home in Brooklyn with her dachshund-chihuahua, Oscar, trying (really hard) to recreate the Filipino food that she grew up with.

Lucy Flanagan

Lucy Flanagan

Brand Strategy Manager

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.


Editorial

Joanna Sciarrino

Joanna Sciarrino

Executive Editor

Born in Queens and raised on Long Island, Joanna spent most of her childhood at the heels of her mother and grandmothers, eating scraps and learning how to cook. She's constantly trying new dishes (too often on guests), but really loves making all the family recipes she's inherited. Joanna previously worked at Bon Appétit and was the Managing Editor of Lucky Peach before joining the team at Food52.

Chrissie Gruebel

Chrissie Gruebel

Copy Director

Chrissie was born on Long Island and raised on Pizza Hut personal pan pizzas. When she was 15, she worked at a bagel shop where her boss once told her she had “no common sense when it comes to bagels.” She became a writer instead, covering everything from pleated slacks to haunted prisons, and she's very happy to have landed at Food52. She's also a comedian, which has taken her all over the country and across the ocean. And while that's all very fun and good, she believes the bagel fiasco is her true claim to fame.

Eric Kim

Eric Kim

Senior Editor

🔗 twitter.com/ericjoonho

Born and raised in Georgia, Eric is a food writer and editor. He likes fishing in lakes, letting his dog lick his face, and eating one six-minute egg every morning with a cup of weak coffee. After dropping out of a PhD program in literature at Columbia University, he watched Nigella Lawson's television programs and realized there are a thousand meaningful intersections between food, culture, and personal history. His weekly solo dining column, Table for One, runs every Friday morning. Eric was the Digital Manager at FoodNetwork.com before joining Food52.

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.

Brinda Ayer

Brinda Ayer

Books & Special Projects Editor

🔗 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.

Emma Laperruque

Emma Laperruque

Food Writer & Recipe Developer

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.

Ella Quittner

Ella Quittner

Lifestyle Writer

Ella grew up in New York (go bagels!) and Northern California (go kale!). She's been obsessed with food for as long as she can remember, and used to eat Top Ramen for breakfast as a toddler (don't @ her). Before joining Food52, she built a career raising private equity funds at Credit Suisse and freelanced on the side, but she always dreamed of making the switch to writing full-time. Ella’s been published by Man Repeller, Remodelista, Gardenista, and TIME.

Erin Alexander

Erin Alexander

Assistant Editor, Partner Content

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.

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.

Maurine Hainsworth

Maurine Hainsworth

Copywriter

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.


Engineering

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.

Jeremy Beker

Jeremy Beker

Principle 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.

Ryan Kortmann

Ryan Kortmann

Senior Software Engineer

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.

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.

Lucas Monaco

Lucas Monaco

Senior Software Engineer

🔗 lucasmonaco.com

Lucas grew up in New York City, where, contrary to expectations of New Yorkers, he learned to drive and politely give directions to tourists. Other than his dad's tomato sauce, his favorite foods growing up were found at Grand Sichuan, Jackson Hole, and Original Ray's. After a stint eating lots of burritos and learning about sushi in northern California, he returned to New York to pursue parallel careers in the arts and technology. He has worked at a long list of ad agencies developing products for clients like Aetna, American Express, Fujifilm, Lego, Diageo, and UPS. Before coming to Food52, Lucas worked at a number of start-ups you've never heard of, slowly increasing his appetite for a more creative, agile, and exciting company, like this one. On any given day you can find Lucas exploring the intricacies of Ruby on Rails or the possibilities of $1 pizza.

Micki Balder

Micki Balder

Software Engineer

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.

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.


Shop

Jojo Feld

Jojo Feld

Senior Director, Merchandising

🔗 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.

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.

Katie Bernstein

Katie Bernstein

Director, Customer Care

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Katie was raised by a mother who believed in always eating balanced meals. Among Katie's fondest childhood memories is the tradition of baking. Around the holidays Katie, her twin sister, and their mother made dozens of cookies and treats to bring to neighbors and friends. This is a tradition she carries on with her two children now. When Katie is not working on building a top notch experience at Food52, she can be found crafting with her children, trying new restaurants with her husband, or baking up pies and muffins on the weekends.

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.

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.

Casey Simring

Casey Simring

Associate 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.

Aja Aktay

Aja Aktay

Associate 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.

Louise de Verteuil

Louise de Verteuil

Assistant Buyer

Louise was born and raised in France, where she ate many a baguette and lots of duck confit. Food always took center stage growing up, with a mom who could whip together anything out of nothing and a dad who could whip together any of his famous five dishes (with ample notice). After high school, Louise hopped across the pond to study Art History at Wesleyan. A few fashion and start-up internships later, she moved to New York where she became an associate merchant at Birchbox by day and a chicken roasting extraordinaire by night. She is now happy to be combining both of these passions at Food52.

Jooyoung Kang

Jooyoung Kang

Product Development Associate

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.

Trevor Baca Adams

Trevor Baca Adams

Merchandising Coordinator

🔗 trevorbacaadams.com

Raised in Denver, Trevor started cooking Mexican cuisine with his grandma at a very young age. Although he was only standing on a stool flipping tortillas (he wasn't tall enough to reach the stove), he became enthralled with what she was concocting over the flames. This fascination with food led him to Paris, where he attended culinary school. He has cooked in kitchens in France and later in San Francisco, where he discovered food photography and marketing. After a couple years in California, Trevor moved to New York City to obtain a bachelor's degree in Marketing and Communications from FIT and now tells the story of the fine curations in the Food52 shop as Merchandising Coordinator. On the weekends, you can find Trevor at home in Brooklyn practicing the accordion or hosting a dinner party with his boyfriend.

Matthew Im

Matthew Im

Sample & E-Commerce Coordinator

Like every child, Matt was born. He started his culinary adventures with his family's combination of Korean and Japanese flavors, feeling nostalgic over spicy, fermented, briny, and fresh flavors. To this day, whether it's watching Heston Blumenthal's home cooking show, or obsessing over the right marinades, Matt constantly strives to improve his home cooking and to learn the next game-changing coffee technique. You can probably catch him reading articles on cooking chemistry or the cultural origins of food, and listening to the phattest beats from the realest SoundCloud hero.

Our Team

Contributors

Recipe Testers

Dawne Marie Shonfield

Dawne Marie Shonfield

Volunteer Recipe Tester

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