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 9-year-old twins.
Co-Founder & President
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.
Senior Marketing Director
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.
Director, Brand Activation
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.
Senior Social Media Manager
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).
Social Media Manager
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 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.
Luz was born in the Dominican Republic and then immigrated to a fishing town in Massachusetts, where she really missed the island heat but enjoyed the snow and Portuguese restaurants. She balances her love of Caribbean food with a passion for discovering new cuisines and baking. When she's not creating fun and engaging marketing campaigns, you can find her hosting dinners, participating in crafting clubs, and trying out all the crazy workouts in Brooklyn. Now settled in Crown Heights with her husband and chinchilla Tugboat, Luz is your girl for cocktails, Broadway shows, and dive bars. She's excited to join the team after spending years in cosmetic and food subscription startups.
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.
Email Production Manager
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.
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.
Director of Finance
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.
Director of People & Culture
Colleen, as her name may indicate, was born the heir to a fine line of boiled recipes straight from Ireland. On special occasions, dinner was boiled with beer and always included potatoes. She was fortunate to find one special relative (Jeannette Ferrary, a cookbook author) who taught her that there was more to dinner than her mother was passing on—and so the quest for good food began. Sadly, she inherited her mother's cooking genes, but thanks to Food52 she is now taking more risks and making fewer reservations. Colleen joined Food52 after a corporate career leading large teams and enjoying a little of her own entrepreneurial success. As director of people & culture, Colleen is focused on helping others build their skills while focusing on creating a fun, diverse, and growing team!
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.
Nicholas grew up on the Connecticut shoreline, where he developed his love of food and cooking at the stove of his straight-from-Central-Casting Italian grandmother. After spending most of high school attempting to master Julia Child's pâté en croûte, he briefly attended culinary school before switching to Victorian and Romantic literature. After graduating with a degree that prepared him for absolutely nothing, he returned to the restaurant industry before getting embarking on a master's degree in Food Studies from NYU and simultaneously interning at various places, including the James Beard Foundation. In addition to this, he has in fact mastered Julia's recipe.
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!).
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.
Director of Video
Until his late twenties, Eric had only worked in two places—restaurant kitchens and film sets. For a time, he wasn't sure if he wanted to take his career in the direction of food or film, so it seems quite fortuitous that he now gets to film food for Food52. Eric's hobbies include trying every single ramen joint in New York, comparing and contrasting the merits of each, and then trying them all again. He also enjoys food sojourns to the far corners of Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. He loves water and anything water-related. On the water, he loves kayaking, fishing, and surfing, and on frozen water, he likes playing hockey. Eric also enjoys hanging with his wife, daughters, and cocker spaniel. They've lived in three of the Hills in New York—Forest Hills, Murray Hill, and Cobble Hill—but don't recall a hill being in any of them.
Creative Operations Director
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.
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).
Senior Graphic Designer
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.
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.
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.
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.
Prop Stylist Assistant
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 has 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 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.
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 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 daughters, Avery and Elizabeth, in a neighborhood where pretty much any ingredient you desire is only a short stroll away.
Baking Consultant at Large
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.
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.
Senior Account Executive
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.
Director of Branded Content & Accounts
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.
Senior Account Executive
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.
Digital Ad Ops Manager
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.
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.
Senior Account Manager
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!
Director, Brand Strategy
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 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.
Senior Account Executive
Peter grew up on an avocado ranch in Ventura, California before avocados were a thing (and yes, is an avocado snob). After college on the Central Coast of California and a year abroad in San Sebastian eating all the pintxos, Peter moved to San Francisco for a job at Conde Nast (and frequent trips to the counter at Swan Oyster Depot). He later moved to New York for a job at Lucky Peach, where he merged his background in advertising and his love of food. He is happy to be at Food52 now, where he is resident champagne saber-er and senior advertising account executive.
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.
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 to 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.
Digital 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 daughter.
Senior Product Manager
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.
Born in California, raised in New York, and having spent some time in Chicago, RJ is thoroughly confused about where to call home but deeply appreciates the cuisines of all his previous stomping grounds. He grew up surrounded by the flavors and smells of Indian cooking, spending many weekends helping his mom with mise en place and taste-testing. After graduating from Northwestern University, working in roles where data was the main ingredient, and interning in a restaurant kitchen, he realized Food52 was the perfect blend of all his interests. When not pondering the mathematics behind food, he can be found proofing dough for different baking experiments, watching basketball, and teaching his dog new tricks.
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.
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.
Suzanne grew up in San Francisco, where she ate Rice-A-Roni and clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl many, many times. She studied English at The University of California, Berkeley, then moved to New York with dreams of being a writer, an editor, or some combination of the two. Several jobs later—at New York magazine, Vogue, The Washington Post and SELF, among other places—she joined the Food52 team. Now she gets to spend every day thinking about two of the best things in life: delicious food and all of the wonderful words you can use to describe it.
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.
Director of Partner Content
Cory has been a “good eater” since age zero, but these days, her favorite thing about food is making and sharing it with friends and family. She grew up in New Hampshire, where her first job at a bakery involved cream-cheesing bagels and writing names on birthday cakes. As a grown-up, Cory broke into food media after an internship at the James Beard Foundation, when she just couldn't imagine writing about anything else. She's worked as an editor at titles including Saveur, Departures, and Racked, with the common thread being a love for travel.
Senior Lifestyle Editor
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.
Gerard grew up just south of Boston in the town of Braintree, Massachusetts (yes, that is its actual name). He came to New York in 2011 to pursue a master's degree in creative writing, and from there landed in the world of copywriting. He comes to Food52 as an amateur cook but expert eater. In his spare time, he moonlights as a poet, which in all honesty, has less to do with glamorous brooding than it does punctuation and syntax. He can often be found in Prospect Park, running, wandering, or having cheese-and-sangria-fueled picnics with his friends.
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.
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.
Valerio was raised in Houston, Texas by parents who weren't from there. He grew up in his family's Italian restaurant and remembers the taste of pizza dough better than most things from his childhood. He left the Lone Star State to study media at New York University, and after a string of restaurant gigs and a few months cutting cheese (in a shop, that is), he found his place at Food52, where he very fortunately gets to write about food every day.
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.
Contributing Writer & Editor
During two fantastic years in Japan, Lindsay-Jean conquered language barriers, foreign appliances, and curious new ingredients—all to create vegetarian dishes in a broiler the size of a cookbook. Since then, it's been impossible to drag her out of the kitchen, which is a good thing, because she wasn't using her Master's in Urban Planning anyway. She thinks esoteric facts about vegetables provide good cocktail party fodder, and persists in trying out untested recipes on company, to the everlasting amusement of her husband.
Born and raised in Alice, Texas (the Hub City), Jim was raised on the holy trinity of foods: Tex-Mex, BBQ, and casseroles. Jim attended the University of Texas at Austin, studying English literature in the early '90s. There he fell in love with the internet, started a “webzine” with a friend, and has almost never regretted not going to grad school to study Chaucer. Jim rode the DotCom1.0 wave in Austin after college, eventually moving to New York in 2001. He has served in a variety of roles at start-ups big and small: helping a food-processor giant offer their wares online for the first time, building a Montana grass-fed-beef company's website, and leading commerce engineering for a menswear brand. He has been managing engineering teams for the past 15 years and has built four e-commerce systems from the ground up in that time. On the weekends, you can find him making enchiladas and getting beat badly at Mario Kart by his son.
Senior Software Engineer
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.
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 startups, 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.
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.
Full Stack Developer
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.
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.
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.
Growing up in Manhattan, Henry had an early appreciation for the variety of food available in the city. (If you need to know where to find the best falafel, pizza, or xiao long bao, he is your guy.) Henry was always interested in computers, but ended up studying social psychology at Hampshire College before returning to New York and becoming a self-taught engineer. These days, you can find him mainly working on Food52's internal tools and backend processes, with an occasional bit of front end work.
VP of Commerce
Born in India, Rashmi grew up in Texas, Wisconsin, and mostly Massachusetts before moving to New York City over a decade ago. Prior to her career in digital media and commerce, she worked in finance and at The Clinton Foundation. Coming from a family of excellent cooks, Rashmi has tried her best to hold onto a tradition of culinary might. Some of her fondest memories are from college, when she and her four roommates used to bake their own bread every week, then share it and tell stories over tea. These days, when she's not sourcing ingredients from Kalustyan's, Sahadi's, or Hong Kong supermarket, she can be found at a barre class, the theater, or at a coffee shop with her husband and a novel in hand.
Director, Buying and Product Development
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.
Buyer & Shop Merchandising Manager
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.
E-Commerce Merchandising Manager
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!
Customer Care Operations Manager
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.
Senior Customer Care Specialist
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.
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.
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.
Customer Care Specialist
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.
Jamie grew up in New York, eating traditional Cantonese home cooking. Sadly, she can neither cook nor bake without the help of box mix, but she can boil hot water to brew a mean cup of tea. When she is not struggling in the kitchen, she is building boxes and wrangling samples for Food52. Every summer Jamie plans her annual ice cream run, scouring the city's ice cream shops and sampling their offerings.
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