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Amanda Hesser

Amanda Hesser

Co-Founder & CEO

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

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

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

Amanda lives in Brooklyn (not the cool part) with her husband and 9-year-old twins.

Merrill Stubbs

Merrill Stubbs

Co-Founder & President

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

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

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

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

Product

Michael Hoffman

Michael Hoffman

Product Software Engineer

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While on his way toward a PhD in philosophy, Michael changed course and began a new career writing code for startups. However, he has never wavered in his love of food, at least as far back as his first word: "More!" As a teenager, Michael talked his way into summer volunteer work at some great restaurant kitchens in the Bay Area, including Chez Panisse. Later, he made the excellent decision to marry the only woman he'd met whom this impressed. He has been known to make his own bacon and liqueur, to expend unreasonable effort in pursuit of great coffee, and, if left to his own devices, to consume an entire pound of brussels sprouts in one sitting.

Ryan Hamilton

Ryan Hamilton

Senior Product Designer

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Ryan is the pixel pusher here at Food52. A seasoned builder of websites of every size, function, and flavor, he joined the team to cook up a fresh interface for our site. As both designer and developer, he's working on creating the best possible experience for you. When away from the MacBook, his favorite meal to prepare for kinfolk (and himself) is a hand-kneaded, oven-blistered Neapolitan pie. To create something so superb from the simplest of ingredients is nothing short of a miracle in his book. Paired with a hoppy craft ale and fine company, life just doesn't get any better.

Alp Aker

Alp Aker

Senior Software Engineer

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Over the course of an academic career concerned with such wordly topics as formal logic and eighteenth-century German philosophy, Alp spent an inordinate amount of his spare time tinkering with computers and attempting to master home-style Thai cooking. He eventually decided to turn recreation into métier and became a software developer. At Food52 he tends to the silent clockwork that powers the site in the background and worries over whether the search engine should be taught to understand "coquilles St. Jacques". If plied with bourbon and bitters he will happily (and unfacetiously) attempt to convince any comers that database theory is fascinating, but accepts that the cause is likely lost.

Ryan Merrill

Ryan Merrill

Senior Product Designer

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Ryan hails from Cleveland but lives in Cincinnati, which means his taste in food spans the Midwestern gamut from pierogis to cheese coneys. He graduated from The Ohio State University with degrees in journalism and English, but soon traded the pen for pixels and has been a designer and developer ever since. He grew up on a steady diet of underdog sports teams, brutal winters and minimalist writers—distilling in him a utilitarian approach to design and a desire to celebrate victories of any size.

Timothy McSweeney

Timothy McSweeney

Senior Graphic Designer

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

Micki Balder

Micki Balder

Software Engineer

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

Jeremy Beker

Jeremy Beker

Senior Software Engineer

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

Clint Newsom

Clint Newsom

Software Engineer

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Clint is a musician and programmer from West Texas. He's recorded over 15 albums and runs a record label called Flying Moonlight from his Brooklyn apartment. He grew up working in his father's restaurant at the wee age of eight, where he became bored with ketchup on fries and created his own condiments that provoked equal amounts of awe and aversion. It was the beginning of a culinary career that included working in the pit at Ruby's BBQ in Austin, TX and later as a line cook at Mesa Grill in Manhattan. He holds masters degrees in Anthropology and Information Science and enjoys the history and socio-cultural aspects of computer science as much as programming in Javascript, Python, Ruby and functional languages like Clojure and Standard ML.

Mike Simons

Mike Simons

Lead iOS Developer

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A native of the Great Lakes State, Mike's early culinary experiences involved many summers 'up north' on Lake Huron where he developed a love of grilling done well. You'll find Mike in his driveway grilling in any weather, or channeling his iPhone addiction into developing his app, Grilling Time, a simple timer that fits the serious griller's workflow. After eight years building consumer software at TechSmith, Mike joined the team to help bring Food52 to a pocket near you.

Shop

Jojo Feld

Jojo Feld

Director, Buying and Product Development

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

Kristina Wasserman

Kristina Wasserman

Buyer

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

Rebecca Salisbury

Rebecca Salisbury

Director, Customer Care

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

Jackson Fust

Jackson Fust

Assistant Buyer

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

Meghan Murray

Meghan Murray

Assistant Buyer

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Meghan grew up in a small beach town on the Eastern shore of Maryland, where summers were spent either on the beach, eating blue crabs, or in a boat on the bay. After spending 5 years in Echo Park, Los Angeles pursuing a career in apparel design and development and attending one too many concerts, she decided it was time to embrace her East Coast roots and move to New York. It wasn’t until her move to Brooklyn, abundant with farmer’s markets, co-ops, and local eats, that her passion for food was fully realized. On any given weekend, she can be found discovering new coffee shops, attending a local show, hiking or camping upstate (weather permitting), testing out her cooking skills, or enjoying dreamy Sundays at the farmer’s market in Greenpoint.

Natalia Panzer

Natalia Panzer

Customer Care Associate

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

Melissa Langer

Melissa Langer

Customer Care Associate

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

Creative

James Ransom

James Ransom

Photographer

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

Alexis Anthony

Alexis Anthony

Art Director and Stylist

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

Josh Cohen

Josh Cohen

Test Kitchen Chef

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

Allison Bruns Buford

Allison Bruns Buford

Test Kitchen Manager

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From college to cubicle to cooking -- Allison began her career as a highly unskilled dessert plater at Rialto restaurant, in Cambridge, MA (notable alum: Amanda Hesser). She spent the next four years there, learning as much as she could until she was ready for her next challenge – a move to New York City and into the kitchens of Eleven Madison Park, though the real dream job was waiting for her in the test kitchen at Food52. At home, in addition to recipe testing for Food52, she continues her quest to recreate her grandmother’s tamales, though she suspects her own legacy will be the berry pies she makes for her family every summer. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and baby girl, Avery, in a neighborhood where pretty much any ingredient you desire is only a short stroll away.

Erin McDowell

Erin McDowell

Test Kitchen Manager

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

Liz Andrew

Liz Andrew

Photography Assistant

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Liz has a short but important list of must haves—a constant supply of good music, some sort of nut butter to snack on, and her pour over coffee maker (seriously, she carries it in her backpack). When she's not working on photos you can find her in Chinatown eating soup dumplings, at an electronica show, or holed away in the library checking out more fiction novels. She hopes to one day be able to say every food word she knows in French.

Business

Bridget Williams

Bridget Williams

Chief Operating Officer

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The latest addition to the midwest cabal at Food52, Bridget also hails from Cleveland, raised in an Irish immigrant household, where the tea was strong, the potatoes were plentiful and the brown bread had whiskey in it. Since arriving in New York in the 90s, she's been a digital media and food adventurer at a variety of startups and variety of tables, abandoning potatoes for anything that puts her mouth on fire. After hanging around the offices at Food52 for a few years, she finally had the chance to jump on board to help us takeover the world.

Lauren Locke

Lauren Locke

VP of Sales

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Lauren was our first on-staff ad sales guru, charged with creatively engaging with advertising partners. She has been in the media and sales business for 10 years, working on both the agency and publisher side and holds her MBA from Babson College. Born in Canada, she grew up in the States and has lived in Japan and Costa Rica. She's a huge advocate of seasonal eating and adores her year-round CSA membership which she blogs about here: LaurenLivingLocally. Lauren recently moved to the "burbs" for the first time, taking up residence in Bronxville, NY with her husband and their (adorable) sons Hudson and Campbell.

Gabriella Mangino

Gabriella Mangino

Senior Manager, Brand Experience

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With a family of fantastic cooks and a computer systems engineer for a dad, Gabriella was nicely primed for her role at Food52. Her career path began as a waitress and expert milkshake maker at Cleveland's beloved Tommy's Restaurant, before moving to New York to get her MA in Media Studies. Since then, she spent weekdays working a variety of roles at digital publications and agencies. On weekends, you'll find her planning and cooking too much food (preparing for a future role as Italian grandma) for Sunday night dinners. Gabriella (mostly Italian and Mexican) lives with her husband (Chinese and Jewish) and their dog (also a mutt) in Brooklyn.

Leandra Levine

Leandra Levine

Senior Account Executive

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In Leandra's childhood home on Long Island, "snacks" included unsalted almonds and fruit, sweet cereals were banished except for holidays and pretzel sticks were considered a treat. And yet despite her mother's best efforts to nurture healthy eating habits, Leandra harbors a deep passion for nachos, gummy candies and cookies of any kind. After the demise of her short-lived blog Snacks and the City, Leandra decided that a career in advertising allowed her to stay close to her beloved food media and actually earn her a seat at the table. Her first order of business when she visiting a new city is finding their best doughnut shop and some day she would still like to fulfill her childhood dream of "accidentally" getting locked in a grocery store overnight.

Jane Poretsky

Jane Poretsky

Account Executive

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

Jane Whalen

Jane Whalen

Account Executive

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Jane does not descend from a long line of home cooks. The only family recipe that comes to mind is gin & tonic, and she's pretty sure that doesn't count. Nevertheless, cooking became a serious hobby for her after moving to New York and now her visits home in Massachusetts involve lots of cooking for her family, and not the other way around (sorry Mom, I love you!). When she’s not working, Jane spends her time museum hopping, rooftop drinking, and checking off restuarants from her meticulous Google doc organized by location, occasion, cusinine and company. Hates bananas and strongly believes in popcorn as a viable dinner option.

Clare Slaughter

Clare Slaughter

Senior Account Manager

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

Zoe Paknad

Zoe Paknad

Account Executive

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

Connor Bower

Connor Bower

Advertising Coordinator

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

Olivia Bloom

Olivia Bloom

Operations Manager

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

Victoria Maynard

Victoria Maynard

Controller

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

Adam Becker

Adam Becker

Office Manager

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

Marketing

Jacqueline Stauffer

Jacqueline Stauffer

Vice President, Marketing + Merchandising

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After working in beauty, health and wellness, and now food - Jackie's focus is on living a balanced life, from the inside out. While the northeast is her hub, after spending 4 years at Tulane in New Orleans, she has a soft spot for soul-food. Growing up, she found an early love of baking by watching her mom (and being allowed to help) bake all the classics - chocolate chip cookies, peach crisp, and special family recipes like Bavarian Apple Torte. She's currently experimenting with gluten-free baking and would always prefer to eat dessert first.

Kate Kudish

Kate Kudish

Director of Events

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With a grandfather that owned a coffee company, a mom who ran a gourmet country store, and a dad who is a self-taught farmer at their family's fruit orchard, you might begin to think that Kate was destined to work in the food industry. Although she technically graduated with a BA in Art History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, what she really mastered was the art of eating fried cheese curds and brats. Since then, she explored working in a variety of roles before landing on event marketing, a career that taps into her best assets of organization and creativity. Landing this gig at Food52 was a pinch me moment and is truly a marriage of all of her favorite things. If she isn't heads down planning the next big culinary event, you might find her eating her french fries before the rest of her meal, using copious amounts of condiments, and combatting those extra condiment kcals by running, spinning, or downward dogging.

Hannah Wilken

Hannah Wilken

Merchandising Manager

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Growing up with a vegetable garden in her back yard and local farms down the road, Hannah has always had an appreciation for the farm-to-table lifestyle. After studying Spanish Literature and living abroad, Hannah left the small town academic lifestyle and moved to Brooklyn to try her hand working in the e-commerce industry. Finding a love in digital marketing she has been working in the field ever since. With a history in fashion marketing she was thrilled to bring a fresh perspective and join the growing Food52 family. When she's not planning for the Food52 Shop, Hannah can be found writing for Hannah Hart Beat, a women's lifestyle blog she founded since moving to New York.

Catherine O'Donnell

Catherine O'Donnell

Marketing Coordinator

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After spending the past year as a remote intern, Catherine has finally joined Food52 for good. Taking after both her parents and grandmothers, Catherine has loved to bake and cook since she can remember. During a half-year stint in Peru, her passion for food took off amidst peruvian cooking classes and ceviche tastings. In college, she whipped up lattes and breakfast sandwiches at her school's local coffee shop and eatery. Originally from the Nation's Capitol, Catherine now lives in New York City and avoids questions about Congress. When she's not in the office, you can find her frequently posting Instagrams.

Jovan Stojanovich

Jovan Stojanovich

Manager, Email Marketing

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Jovan grew up in the Chicagoland area and lived in San Francisco before settling in New York City in the late 2000’s. After graduating college with a degree in Spanish and Linguistics, his inner email geek blossomed. He has an unwavering passion for all things creative and loves experimenting with coding emails as much as he loves to cook. When he’s not at work, Jovan enjoys traveling throughout New England in search of the best lobster pounds on the East Coast.

Kaitlin Bray

Kaitlin Bray

Community Manager

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

Megan Lang

Megan Lang

Manager, Digital Marketing

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

Nina Amjadi

Nina Amjadi

Email Production Coordinator

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

Editorial

Kristen Miglore

Kristen Miglore

Creative Director

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

Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi Wilbur

Managing Editor

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Kenzi wrote 8 emails to Food52 over 8 months before they wrote her back. She’s still just as persistent. The first dish she ever learned to make was eggs, and, true to her own food history, she makes them at least 4 times a week in tribute. She has an irresponsibly large spoon collection, likes mayonnaise very much, and tries to always travel with good bread for toast. (She'd tell you that you just never know.) She is never very far from a Negroni.

Sarah Jampel

Sarah Jampel

Senior Staff Writer & Stylist

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On her second day as an intern at Food52, Sarah scoured the island of Manhattan for English peas and came back to the office with eight pounds of Romano beans instead. Rather than getting upset, the editors whipped up an impromptu salad and shared it with the whole company (along with Prosecco, of course), and that’s when Sarah knew she was going to like it here. Sarah studies English literature at Yale, but when she’s not scratching her head over Middle English poetry, she’s writing articles, overseeing our Small Batch, running our #F52grams, or baking challah.

Caroline Lange

Caroline Lange

Associate Editor

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Caroline grew up in a family that loved to eat, but she didn't really begin thinking about food (as a hobby and as an area of critical study) until her freshman year at Barnard College, when she and a group of friends attempted to make a weekly brunch that could meet everyone’s dietary needs: two vegetarians and three vegans (one of whom was kosher and one of whom was gluten-free). She’s been flexing her kitchen muscles since. Caroline has been known to get weepy while walking through the farmers market, to actively miss her kitchen knife while traveling, and to cook when she can’t sleep. She is also a poet.

Amanda Sims

Amanda Sims

Design & Home Editor

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While recounting fascinating specifics to a friend about the process of planning, sketching, and rearranging her room, Amanda was recently told that she's "obsessed" with redecorating. (Never far from her pocket-sized measuring tape, she can hardly disagree.) When she's not hammering new holes in the wall, Amanda can be found exploring the city and towns nearby, snooping around antique stores, guzzling black coffee, or hiding quietly with her nose in a book while something simmers on the back burner. She loves droopy flowers, cheese on crackers, pretty objects with no function, and the sound of a banjo.

Samantha Weiss-Hills

Samantha Weiss-Hills

Partnerships Editor

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After several years of toiling dutifully in the art world, it occurred to Samantha that she loved briny oysters and unfussy sandwiches more than contemporary sculpture, artist statements, and Piero della Francesca. She promptly left her fancy museum job and dove headfirst into a career in eating. Before arriving at Food52, she worked with Food Book Fair to spread the word about food. She's a Hoosier by birth, and part of her heart still belongs to the city where she studied and lived for many moons—Bloomington, Indiana. Her best days always start with avocados, Aeropress coffee, and a long, chatty hang with her husband Alex and their goofy cat and dog.

Ali Slagle

Ali Slagle

Books Editor & Stylist

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

Stephanie Bourgeois

Stephanie Bourgeois

Head Recipe Tester

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Stephanie has been testing recipes for Food52 since November 2009 and now manages our small army of testers, in addition to doing recipe testing, styling, and photography for the James Beard Foundation's blog Delights & Prejudices. She represents Food52's international contingent, working from her home in Canada. Based in Toronto, she's an instructor in the Continuing Education programs in the Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts at George Brown College, teaches at Le Dolci, and works for Evelyn's Crackers. We don't know how she gets it all done — all we know is we're glad to have her around. She's a graduate of the FCI and the Food Studies program at NYU, where she did her Master's thesis on Christmas cookies. Not surprisingly, she's also an accomplished synchronized swimmer.

Lindsay-Jean Hard

Lindsay-Jean Hard

Contributing Writer & Editor

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During two fantastic years in Japan, Lindsay-Jean conquered language barriers, foreign appliances, and curious new ingredients—all to create vegetarian dishes in a broiler the size of a cookbook. Since then, it's been impossible to drag her out of the kitchen, which is a good thing, because she wasn't using her Master's in Urban Planning anyway. She thinks esoteric facts about vegetables provide good cocktail party fodder, and persists in trying out untested recipes on company, to the everlasting amusement of her husband.

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Anna Hezel

Anna Hezel

Contributing Writer
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Cathy Huyghe

Cathy Huyghe

Contributing Writer
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Drew Lavyne

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Kyle Orosz

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Erik Lombardo

Erik Lombardo

Contributing Writer
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Eric Moran

Eric Moran

Contributing Photographer

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Recipe Testers

Annie Petito

Annie Petito

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Dawne Marie Shonfield

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Rebecca Vitale

Rebecca Vitale

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Susan Streit

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Victoria Ross

Victoria Ross

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Audrey Kasindorf

Audrey Kasindorf

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Joanna Keohane

Joanna Keohane

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Kate Neumann

Kate Neumann

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Lourdes Pena

Lourdes Pena

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Mary Pastorek

Mary Pastorek

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Angela Barros

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Katherine Perry

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Jennifer Philipp

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Grace Pan

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William Miglore

William Miglore

Chief Auxiliary Assistant, Party Thrower, General-Purpose Dreamboat

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Christy Fletcher

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Charlotte Druckman

Charlotte Druckman

Co-founder of the Tournament of Cookbooks

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Aly Racer

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Tad Friend

Tad Friend

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

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Jonathan Dorman

Merrill's Husband, Tireless Food52 Supporter and Legal Counsel

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