Our Team


Founders & Executives

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 & Board Member

 food52.com

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

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

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

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

Kristen Miglore

Kristen Miglore

Founding Editor & Creative Director, Genius

Kristen has been hanging around Food52 since 2010, when she joined Amanda & Merrill's tiny but mighty team (back then, we all still worked from coffee shops). Before that, she ditched an ill-planned career as an economist, got herself a Master's in Food Studies from NYU and a culinary degree from ICE, and spent a couple years paying dues at places like Saveur and Martha Stewart. Sometimes she writes elsewhere, like The Wall Street Journal and The Atlantic, but Food52 is where her heart is—as legend has it, one day when heading to work, she slipped and tumbled badly, but managed to text Amanda & Merrill before she got back up. She unearths Genius Recipes too—watch for her column on Wednesdays (and send her tips—she likes those!).


Content

Liz Andrew

Liz Andrew

Senior Retoucher

Liz Andrew has been on the team since 2014. After studying at RIT, she moved to Brooklyn and had a quick stint as a cheesemonger before meeting and assisting Food52 photographer James Ransom. Just like her relationship to food over the years (so long, dairy), her keen eye and dedication to the Food52 aesthetic has continued to expand and evolve. Liz enjoys maintaining Food52’s ever-growing library of imagery and putting the finishing touches on every last photo.

Eddie Barrera

Eddie Barrera

Creative Operations Manager

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

Josh Dion

Josh Dion

Senior Video Editor

Josh grew up in southern Maine, where he found his love for video through using his family’s bulky VHS tape recorder. Raised on his mother’s breakfast crepes (pronounced "cripes" in his house for some reason), Josh ping-ponged from the East Coast to the West Coast learning about all the non-breakfast foods out there like sushi and tacos. He finally landed in New York where he and his wife are raising their two little ladies.

Dominique Evans

Dominique Evans

Social Media Coordinator

Dominique is a fourth-generation Washingtonian who, from an early age, learned that there should always be a salad served with dinner and that extra butter is never a bad thing. Growing up in a Black, Syrian, and Italian family, she developed a palate for foods most children don’t enjoy—anchovies, coffee, vinegar, garlic, tuna, olives, you name it. But almost all of Dominique's favorite food memories take place in New Castle, PA, where her grandparents lived. They mostly consist of lots of pasta, butter, grape leaves, and cookies. When she's not making TikToks or writing punny social copy, you can find her at the farmers market, traveling to new cities, or making her friends wait to eat while she takes the perfect flat-lay food shot for Instagram.

Faki Malik

Faki Malik

Senior Director of Photography & Editor

Malik, who goes by the nickname “Faki,” was born in Morocco, grew up in Barcelona, and moved to New York City in 2013. He started hanging around Food52 in 2017 as a freelance editor. His favorite parts of working at Food52 are the food, learning new cooking techniques, and discovering new recipes and products. His favorite videos to shoot are ones with hosts teaching tips and tricks. Before joining Food52, he worked as a freelance videographer for clients such as GQ, The New Yorker, and Taste of Home. He’s well known amongst his friends for his gin and tonics and tortilla de patata.

Anna Graney

Anna Graney

Project Manager, Brand Creative

Anna grew up at the Jersey Shore surrounded by fresh seafood, the world’s best tomatoes, and plenty of Springsteen fans. She was lucky enough to travel in college, which is how she developed a passion for food, wine, and trying new things. Anna began her career in fashion where she worked with large teams of creatives to develop global campaigns at Tommy Hilfiger and Michael Kors. If you ever find yourself in Charleston, Anna can let you know where to eat. It is her favorite food city in the U.S. (other than NYC). Anna was a huge fan of Food52 before landing a job here and could not be more excited to be a part of the team.

Maurine Hainsworth

Maurine Hainsworth

Senior Copywriter

 maycontainsugar.com

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

Angelina Martinez

Angelina Martinez

Integrated Project Manager

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

Arati Menon

Arati Menon

Editorial Lead, Home52

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.

Shannon Muldoon

Shannon Muldoon

Director, Studio52

Shannon's passion for food began when her father became an Emeril Lagasse superfan. After hearing the word “BAM” one too many times, she took over in the kitchen.

Since then, Shannon got her BFA and began working in TV and film. She’s traveled the world on shoots for The New York Times and other food publications, making sure the meals were top priority. She once cried over the last bite of a chateaubriand in France, which promptly ended her days as a vegetarian.

When she isn’t running Studio52, a full-service branded content studio here at Food52, you can find her at Atlas Wine Merchants learning as much as she can about natural wine, and in her Brooklyn kitchen. Shannon and her dog Huckleberry enjoy long walks to Mister Softee for vanilla cones.

Shannon is the designated chef among family and friends and hopes to find herself on an over-the-top cooking competition show one day.

Rob Strype

Rob Strype

Video Editing Lead

Born in Brooklyn and transplanted to the Hudson Valley in middle school, Rob’s childhood was equal parts trips to the bodega and feeding the goat in the backyard. Despite having moved away on a few different occasions, something always brings him back to New York (he thinks it’s the pizza). Rob has worked in food media for his whole career and loves how food is able to bring people together. Rob lives in Brooklyn with his daughter, Sedona, and partner, Melanie (his favorite people in his favorite city).


Brand Partnerships

Samantha Brahler

Samantha Brahler

Associate Account Manager

Born and raised in a suburb of Chicago, Sam has always been a connoisseur of food and drink. Whether it’s Chicago’s famous deep dish or her mom’s homemade egg rolls, she always has food on her mind. Now a permanent resident of Chicago’s River North neighborhood, Sam lives for the always-bustling food scene the city has to offer. And when she’s not out exploring, she loves finding new ways to wow her friends and family in the kitchen with homemade pasta, duck liver pâté, and roasted bone marrow to name a few. She’s absolutely inspired by the creativity of her fellow Food52ers and is thrilled that she has found her place at Food52.

Lizzie Greene

Lizzie Greene

Senior Director & Head of East Coast Sales

 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.

Ryan Gross

Ryan Gross

Media Planner

Ryan was raised in South Florida where her childhood consisted of endless trips to the beach and her dad’s famous grilled cheese. Spending her summers at sleepaway camp in the Adirondacks, she decided to flee to the mountains out west to attend college in Boulder, Colorado. After graduating with her degree in Advertising, Ryan moved back to the east coast, landing in Brooklyn, New York. She worked on the media team for Mercedes-Benz before joining Food52, where she now leads and develops integrated media strategies for brand partnerships. When she’s not at work you can find her testing out new pasta sauces, hosting dinner parties, and stooping second-hand furniture all over the city.

Grace Renner

Grace Renner

Manager, Brand Strategy

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


E-Commerce

Angela Bartolotta

Angela Bartolotta

Director, Supply Chain

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.

Liz Fodera

Liz Fodera

Senior Director, Category Management

Liz Fodera comes to Food52 with 18+ years of buying and merchandising experience working for companies like Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale’s. But don’t let the fashion experience fool you—Liz’s love for food and community run deep. Ever since Liz was a child, food has been a connecting force in her family. Growing up on Staten Island, everything occurred around the kitchen table (celebrations, homework and even the occasional scolding), not to mention some delicious Italian meals. Liz has carried the sense of community that food represents into her adult life. She loves exploring new haunts, visiting her favorite restaurants and hosting informal gatherings for friends and family. Quite simply, food and cooking bring her comfort and joy. Liz is excited to bring her years of experience to the commerce team at Food52. She hopes to infuse her love of food and community into your home and around your table!

Emma Kraus

Emma Kraus

Assistant Buyer, Cookware & Kitchen

Growing up in a small town in Iowa, Emma was raised on the midwestern art of comfort food and to this day, loves few things more than a good casserole. After attending art school in her home state, Emma moved to NYC to pursue a career in corporate retail and to fulfill one of her very specific childhood dreams—ordering Chinese food to a fifth-floor Manhattan walkup, à la Seinfeld—and hasn’t looked back since. A self-proclaimed popular culture scholar and professional food-eater, Emma discovered Food52 while attempting to recreate all of Keri Russell’s pies in Waitress (2007) and fell in love with the brand's intersection of food, community, and design. When she isn’t peppering her coworkers with an endless supply of very niche trivia, you can find Emma haunting local antique shops, working on her illustrations, and wallpapering every inch of her apartment.

Marisa Marchese

Marisa Marchese

Supply Chain Operations Coordinator

Born and raised in New Jersey, Marisa always traveled to NYC for weekend adventures with her family. This opened her eyes to city life and when it came time to go to college, where Marisa would go was a no-brainer. After graduating from Fashion Institute of Technology, where her love for the city and fashion became one, she gained experience in the fashion industry. But all along, Marisa loved finding new recipes, baking or cooking for fun as well as always planning the next restaurant experience with friends. Her experience in supply chain along with her passion for food allowed Marisa to be a great match for the Food 52 team. When she’s not working, you can find her shopping—for both food and fashion—or finding the best spots for grub.

Kayla Roolaart

Kayla Roolaart

Associate Buyer

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

Erin Sanders

Erin Sanders

Customer Care Operations Manager

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

Peter Themistocles

Peter Themistocles

Senior 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.


Product, Design & Engineering

Jeremy Beker

Jeremy Beker

Principal Engineer

 confusticate.com

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

Robin Kim

Robin Kim

Product Designer

Robin was born in Seoul, South Korea and now lives in California. She worked in the cybersecurity and the hiring industry before joining Food52. As a designer, she connects creativity with food. She enjoys executing small tests to recipes and making them her own. While occasional failure is a must, her husband is a supportive tester. She loves visiting New York, where her family and close relatives live. Whenever she misses N.Y., she goes for the best bagel in the States, according to The New York Times, to fulfill her New York moment.

Megan Linyard

Megan Linyard

Senior Manager, QA Engineering

Megan was born and raised in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. While obtaining a mathematics degree at the University of South Carolina, she realized she felt more passionate about her computer science courses—so after graduating, she decided to look for opportunities in software technology. While Megan has more than nine years of experience in the software tech field, she’s spent just over six of those years in Quality Assurance. Before joining Food52, she worked with financial software for the healthcare industry and prior to that, as a government contractor for Veterans Affairs. Megan received her CTFL (Certified Tester, Foundational Level) certification from the International Software Testing Qualifications Board in July 2020. When she’s not trying to break things at work, she enjoys reading, spending time with her family, loving on her two pitbulls, and watching college football or The Food Network.


Strategy, Growth & Marketing

Sarah Yaffa

Sarah Yaffa

Senior Data Analyst II

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. In fact, as she was heading off to Boston University's School of Hospitality Administration, Sarah's going-away present was a cookbook. 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, fishing, or playing with her two kids (#boymom).


Operations

Rachel Hong

Rachel Hong

Senior Manager, Accounting

Rachel is a Jersey girl turned Brooklynite. She comes from a Filipino household and grew up eating delicious homemade lumpia and pancit. She hopes that one day she'll master these recipes, but until then, it's back to mom and dad's house to get her fill. She comes to Food52 with a background in e-commerce and startups. When she's not crunching numbers, she's tending to her garden, collecting seashells, and dabbling in any arts and crafts projects she can get her hands on.


Contributors

Erin Jeanne McDowell

Erin Jeanne McDowell

Baking Consultant at Large

 erinjeannemcdowell.com

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

James Ransom

James Ransom

Photographer

 jamesransom.com

James Ransom is so humble he had to have someone else write his bio for him. On an average day, he can be found making things beautiful—and a little sultry—for Food52 through the lens of his camera. He casually shoots cookbooks, magazine editorials, and a slew of other projects in all of his spare time. No big deal, right? A native of the Jell-O Belt (aka the Intermountain West), he now lives in Manhattan with his wife and four adorable children.