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.

Claire Chambers

Claire Chambers

Chief Commercial Officer

Claire is the Chief Commercial Officer at Food52, where she brings her knowledge of brands, experiences, and merchandising to spearhead growth across Food52’s e-commerce, wholesale, retail, brand partnerships, owned brands, marketing, and community teams. 

Her career has spanned the very small (nine years founding and leading lingerie start-up Journelle) to the very big (orchestrating the turnaround of the multi-billion dollar furniture business within Walmart.com). Prior to that, Claire was an Engagement Manager at the strategy consulting firm Katzenbach Partners. She holds a degree in Economics & Studio Art from Wellesley College.

Claire fell in love with good food in the B.C. (before children) era of her life, where afternoon cooking sessions turned into impromptu dinner parties and difficult recipes were full-weekend projects. The current “after children” era is decidedly less leisurely, but brings new skills in ingredient improvisation and batch-cooking, as well as two eager but very poorly-trained sous chefs. 

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

Erin Alexander

Erin Alexander

Brand Partnerships Editor

From a young age, Erin knew that food was her thing. After reading Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential in the seventh grade (her parents were only mildly concerned), she became determined to eat, travel, and write as much as she possibly could. Thankfully, her family helped fuel her appetite by using most holidays as a chance to vacation outside of her hometown in South Florida. While at the University of California-Berkeley, she helped take home two national championship titles as a varsity coxswain on the Men's Rowing Team and was a staff writer for The Daily Californian. Before working at Food52, Erin was an assistant editor at Men's Fitness, where despite her co-workers' best intentions, she did not learn to enjoy the gym. A current resident of the Upper East Side, you can often find her drinking a pisco sour at one of her favorite cocktail bars or researching the city's best dim sum.

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.

Alexis Anthony

Alexis Anthony

Creative Director

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.

Brinda Ayer

Brinda Ayer

Content Director

 food52.com

Brinda thrives on equal parts food and books, which is why she's thrilled to work with both at Food52. Hailing from a big (and hungry) Indian-Singaporean family; growing up in Detroit, Cincinnati, and the Los Angeles area; and traveling internationally whenever she can, her taste buds (and weekend cooking projects) are as diverse and adventurous as they come. While she studied English Literature and Business Economics at UCLA, made her way across the pond for a master's degree at King's College London, and produced beautiful books at an indie press in Brooklyn for several years, she credits her humble beginnings at Cold Stone Creamery for paving her career path. Thanks to her parents, Brinda always finishes everything on her plate—and still saves the best for last.

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.

Anna Billingskog

Anna Billingskog

Senior Food Stylist

Born in New York’s East Village to Italian and Swedish parents, Anna has been known to brake for both cannoli and pickled herring. Growing up in a household that revered art, music, and food, her degree in photography followed by cooking school is the wild combination that shaped her interest in food styling. She is happy to call NYC her home (still), where she lives with her life partner Lily—a miniature dachshund who appreciates a good plate of spaghetti with red sauce as much as she does.

Allison Bruns Buford

Allison Bruns Buford

Test Kitchen Director

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

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.

Rebecca Firkser

Rebecca Firkser

Assigning Editor

 rebeccafirkser.com

Rebecca grew up in Northern New Jersey—just ask her what’s in a sloppy joe! She studied theater design and art history at Smith College, but found she spent far more time talking about recipes than color theory and iconography. After a couple years in editorial food media, she worked as a freelance assistant food stylist and recipe tester (sometimes in the F52 test kitchen!), in addition to reporting features and developing recipes of her own. Some things you should know: She prefers side towels to oven mitts, loves all mushy foods, and is probably planning a trip to the nearest farmers market right now—definitely for radishes, but for other stuff too.

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

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.

Emma Laperruque

Emma Laperruque

Food Editor

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, food writer, and recipe developer. And ate a lot of fried chicken. Add up those experiences and you get her role at Food52. Stay tuned every Tuesday for Emma's award-winning column, Big Little Recipes (which she's turning into a cookbook!). After work, she’s never far from a gin martini. Ultra dirty, extra olives, thank you very much.

Coral Lee

Coral Lee

Podcast Producer

 mtbe.me

Coral grew up in Southern California and studied poetry at Middle-of-Nowhere College for two years before deciding to pursue art conservation in New York City. But, while on a fellowship shooting lasers at frescoes in Herculaneum, Coral realized she was thinking about the local olives way more than the crumbling art…and that it was probably time for a change. Since falling into the NYC restaurant world—becoming a pastry apprentice, then a fish butcher, then a sushi chef—she’s developed, tested, and styled recipes for numerous cookbooks, magazines, food businesses, and brands. Her Heritage Radio Network show, Meant to Be Eaten, explores cross-cultural exchange as afforded by food. You can follow her on Instagram @meanttobeeaten.

Ayanna Long

Ayanna Long

Video Production Coordinator

Sharing a meal together is one of Ayanna's favorite ways to bond with friends and family. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Ayanna moved to New York to attend St. John's University. After landing a few internships and job opportunities in the world of film distribution, film journalism, and communications, she decided she was more interested in what happens behind the camera. Ayanna's favorite foods growing up were her grandmother's desserts -- apple pie, sour cream pound cake, and sweet potato pie. To pass the time she enjoys going out dancing with friends, visiting exhibitions, and decompressing at home while watching reruns of Living Single and The Boondocks.

Gabriella Mangino

Gabriella Mangino

Executive Producer, Video

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

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.

Timothy McSweeney

Timothy McSweeney

Design Director

 mcswny.com

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

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.

Patrick Moynihan

Patrick Moynihan

Director, Social Media

Patrick was born and raised in a suburb of Boston, where he learned the importance of food, family, and Patriots football. His palate was formed by his two Italian grandmothers—one known for her pizza and spaghetti with tuna, the other known famously for her sweet tooth. Patrick spent many of his childhood summers on Cape Cod, so his love of seafood runs strong—he'll never refuse a fried clam strip basket, lobster roll, or Bud heavy whilst sitting on the beach. A Brooklyn resident for the past 3 years, Patrick can often be found at the dog park with his pup, Boomer, or attempting to hone his kitchen skills in his small studio apartment. Patrick graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Plant Science, but started his career in social media at Bose and J. Crew before coming to Food52.

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).

Amanda Widis

Amanda Widis

Associate Art Director

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.

Sarah Yadeta

Sarah Yadeta

Senior Copywriter

Born on the coast of Maine, Sarah was drawn to the buzz of city life, and now lives with her husband in Brooklyn. With Ethiopian and Finnish roots, she grew up on doro wat, Finnish pancakes, spaghetti, and apple pie. She studied economics, but always loved writing, so when she tried copywriting, she knew it was for her. When Sarah is not stringing words together, she spends her time running by the water and browsing bookstores. She loves traveling, and her most exciting trip to date was to Ethiopia, her father’s homeland, where she met family and took part in many coffee ceremonies.


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.

Mollie Doherty

Mollie Doherty

Senior Producer, Studio52

Mollie was raised in Brooklyn where she developed a love for cooking from her father. His signature dish was pasta fagioli, a spin on the traditional bean soup that she always thought translated to "Father's Pasta". After attending Connecticut College, where she wrote countless odd poems and studied Italian as a means to learn more about the country's cuisine, Mollie settled into her parents' basement. While working in e-commerce and making many a lonely batch of pesto, Mollie thought it was time to find people who loved food as much as she did. After tasty stints at other food start-ups in social media and public relations, Mollie now lives above ground in Bedford Stuyvesant and happily totes her kale and chickpea laden lunch creations to Food52.

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.

Lucy Flanagan

Lucy Flanagan

Senior Director & Head of Strategy

Lucy spent her college years studying International Law and Arabic and eating her way through London, Rome, and Copenhagen. After graduation, she began her career at a travel start-up, working in branding and hotel partnerships. A former Seamless devotee, she’s here to learn a thing or two from her coworkers. When she’s not at Food52, you can find her oil painting anywhere she can set up shop.

Gina Johnson

Gina Johnson

Sales Director

A Chicago native who comes from an Italian family, Gina’s been taught that food and family are the two most important things in life. She carries on their tradition of sitting down together on Sunday evenings to eat pasta—lots of pasta. Over 25 years, Gina has built a career in the digital media space with mostly food publishers. She loves nothing more than cookbooks and recipe sites, and has been an active Food52 community member for 10 years. When Gina isn’t cooking and spending time with family, she’s attending graduate school to earn her M.A. in Literature and Digital Translation. It sounds really boring, but she’s fascinated with how we consume books differently in today’s digital world. Not surprisingly, publishing a digital cookbook is something she would love to do in the not-so-distant future.

Courtney Ormon

Courtney Ormon

Account Manager

Though Courtney does not have a stitch of Italian in her blood, the Northeast native grew up with red sauce coursing through her veins—fresh meatballs, chicken parm, and Sunday gravy were mainstays in her household. By age 13, she had committed Ina Garten's Coconut Cupcake recipe to memory. When she was 18, she attended college in Boulder, Colorado, enjoying the legendary food scene, the mountains, and everything in between. Though she swore she'd never come back to the East Coast, she moved to New York City in the fall of 2018. Now, three years later, she has found her home at Food52 working in brand partnerships by day, and working her way through all of the recipes on the site by night. She looks forward to traveling and enjoying the global culinary world someday soon.

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

Aja Aktay

Aja Aktay

Senior Merchandiser, Curation & Collaborations

A native of the Michigan lakeshore, Aja grew up just outside of Chicago and spent many summers with her mom antiquing, garage sale-ing, and salvaging old furniture. After studying Art History and Product Design at Purdue University, Aja made her way to New York where she worked as a designer for Jill Stuart, BITTEN by Sarah Jessica Parker, and Nike ACG. Prior to Food52, she did a long stint at Ralph Lauren as a Senior Concept Designer where she specialized in concept design, styling, art direction, and vintage buying. After a summer on the Aegean coast in Turkey, Aja returned to New York to pursue her passion for home, interior design, and vintage decor.

Angela Bartolotta

Angela Bartolotta

Senior Manager, 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.

Kaleigh Embree

Kaleigh Embree

Customer Care Specialist

Born in Nova Scotia, Canada, Kaleigh was raised on hearty, delicious, home-grown dinners in houses filled with laughter, all of which started her life-long love affair with cooking. Always a woman willing to take a chance, Kaleigh made the move from her home town to beautiful New York City to live with her husband. She may have moved to the city for love, but she’s found the home of her heart in the culinary wilderness of Manhattan. Her passion lies in sharing her love of food with others, so after being a chef for over ten years, her transition to Food52's Care team felt natural. When she's not whipping up culinary comfort food for her husband and friends, Kaleigh can be found with her nose buried in a good book, doing a little novel writing of her own, or spread out on a blanket in a park the minute the weather is warm enough.

Jooyoung Kang

Jooyoung Kang

Product Development Associate, Five Two

Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, Jooyoung came to the US at the age of 15 to study fine art. While she delighted in her newfound freedom abroad, Jooyoung found the Korean restaurants around Boston and Pittsburgh to be lacking (and she missed her mom’s home cooked meals), so she began experimenting and making Korean food herself. After college, she moved to NYC and worked on the buying teams at Steven Alan and The Line before joining Food52. In her spare time, Jooyoung enjoys exploring restaurants around town, sipping on mezcal-based cocktails, video chatting with her family in Korea, and telling her husband what to do.

Nisse Lovendahl

Nisse Lovendahl

Care Project Manager

During her early life in Wisconsin, Nisse learned to really appreciate good fruits and vegetables during the painfully short growing season. Spurred by this, she decided to move east and pursue a career as a baker and chef, with a strong focus on fermentation and preservation so she never had to weather a fruitless winter again. After spending almost 10 years working in restaurants, bakeries, and on an urban farm, her scrappiness and food knowledge now come in handy helping the Food52 community. She is at her happiest in the sweaty New York summertime—biking over bridges, doing textile experiments in the sun, and eating grilled things as much as possible.

Jacob Parsons

Jacob Parsons

Assistant Buyer

Jacob grew up in the Pacific Northwest, where he cultivated a love for mossy forests, the sage-scented high desert, and rocky coastlines. He has been checking out cookbooks from the library since third grade, and making a mess in the kitchen for just as long. Jacob pursued his love for food by studying sustainable agriculture, and was captivated by the prospect of creating green landscapes in the city that nourishes and sustains community. An avid gardener, he still pursues this passion, and at Food52 he has the privilege of connecting home cooks like himself with the tools they need to make their time in the kitchen more beautiful and meaningful.

Elise Peters

Elise Peters

Assistant Buyer

Born in London but raised in Texas, Elise grew up surrounded by a family of home cooks who were constantly testing the limits of her 6-year-old palate. Her passion for food comes from time spent in her grandpa’s kitchen, where learning to peel an apple was more about learning family traditions than knife skills. Elise graduated from Barnard College and eventually found her way to Food52, where she gets to combine her love of all things food and home. When she’s not working, Elise can usually be found baking for her friends, reading a good book, or FaceTiming her dog.

Kayla Roolaart

Kayla Roolaart

Assistant 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.

Casey Simring

Casey Simring

Buyer

Casey's affection for food can be traced back to two mottos: her mother's "if you cook, they will come" and her grandmother's "always save room for dessert." Both proved to be true early on when Casey took to the kitchen and discovered a love for all things food—with room for sweets. With career beginnings in the art world, Casey quickly integrated her love of design with her passion for food by joining the Shop Team as an Assistant Buyer. Nowadays, you can find her browsing home goods and cookware catalogs by day and sweating over the stovetop by night, with a glass of wine in hand.

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

Lauren Ashpole

Lauren Ashpole

Senior Engineer I

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.

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.

Megan Guntas

Megan Guntas

Senior Product Designer

Born and raised in North Carolina, Megan grew up in a household of picky eaters, where the meals never branched too far from spaghetti, meatloaf, and steak dinners, save for the occasional kielbasa or pierogi. As she began traveling the world and discovering its many cuisines, she realized her passion for food. While living in Ireland with her now-husband, she decided she wanted to unite her love of food with her graphic design career, which led her to Food52. You can find her eating an apple with peanut butter (she doesn't skip a day), enjoying an afternoon reading in Central Park with her husband, planning her next trip, or experimenting in the kitchen at home on the Upper West Side.

Yoojung Jang

Yoojung Jang

Product Designer

Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, Yoojung’s culinary journey began when she burned popcorn in her best friend’s dorm room (which she is very sorry for to this day). After finishing her master's at NYU and a brief affair with "l'art de la pâtisserie" (the art of pastry), Yoojung has found her calling in product design, where she still gets to observe, create, and serve the Food52 community. Yoojung often likes to hide Easter eggs in her designs with references from comic books, video games, or The Lord of The Rings movies. When she’s not designing, Yoojung is probably baking—strictly using the metric system—or saving recipes on Food52.

June Kim

June Kim

VP, Design & UX

Born and raised in California, June moved to New York City almost 20 years ago to attend college at Columbia University and has loved every minute of New York life since (except for the occasional yearning for year-round sun and good Mexican food). As a child, June's parents were surprised to discover that she hated peanut butter, pancakes, and birthday cake, preferring instead the typically kid-offensive olives, smoked salmon, and mustard. Thus began a lifelong obsession with salty snacks and unique food combinations. She began her career as an editor in book publishing before realizing her true calling was in graphic design. After a risky career switch (including a brief stint in finance to pay for design school), she now cannot imagine life without pixels, vectors, and typography. You can find her in Brooklyn, sipping old-fashioneds, and baking banana bread on the weekends for her son and daughter.

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.

Ryan Kortmann

Ryan Kortmann

Engineering Manager

Born and raised in a small farm town in northeastern Connecticut, Ryan moved to New York after attending Rochester Institute of Technology. His affinity for food is matched only by his love for technology (though admittedly with less prowess than the former). After bouncing around jobs in banking and a few start-ups, he has found his home as an engineer at Food52, where he hopes to learn as much as he contributes. You can find Ryan in Brooklyn, hanging with his cat or checking out new bars and restaurants in the area.

Mark Linderman

Mark Linderman

VP of Engineering

Mark hails from the Midwest but considers himself a New Yorker after decades of living in the city. His childhood food staples consisted of frozen vegetables, chicken livers wrapped in bacon, and something his siblings nicknamed "those one-kind of potatoes." (Let's just say that if Mark ever returned to the Midwest to live, it wouldn't be for the food.) Happily, Mark now lives in Brooklyn where he enjoys all sorts of cuisines on a regular basis and is known to throw together a red shakshuka or a Korean-inspired quinoa bowl (with kale, kimchi, avocado, seaweed, and egg) for his wife and daughter on demand. Mark's been striving his whole career to find the best balance of food and technology (though not at the same time) and to discover an heirloom tomato that's as good as the one he ate back in the summer of 2004.

Megan Linyard

Megan Linyard

QA Engineer II

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.

Funmi Ojo

Funmi Ojo

Engineer II

Funmi grew up in a small college town in Tennessee, eating Nigerian food at home and Southern food at school. Before joining Food52’s engineering team, she worked as a corporate investigator and research analyst in New York, Washington, DC, Buenos Aires, and São Paulo, where she developed an appreciation for feijoada, pork crackling, and passionfruit. On a typical day, you can find Funmi attempting to become the kind of person who brings their lunch to work.

Nick Paradise

Nick Paradise

Senior Product Manager

Born in Washington DC and raised in Northern Virginia, Nick spent his younger years eating fast food and hanging out at strip malls. After graduating from university in the DC area, he packed his bags for New York. After a few years in banking, Nick joined the start-up world and progressed into product management. When he's not building products, he can be found enjoying the simplest foods of life - juicy burgers. cheesesteaks, and funnel cake.

Robin Ting

Robin Ting

Software Engineer

Robin was born in Hong Kong but considers himself a native New Yorker since he moved here when he was just 7 years old. He grew up watching the Food Network and Cantonese travel shows with his family, which developed his love of food and cooking. Now he watches a lot of cooking videos on YouTube—including Food52, of course—and occasionally cooks some of them himself. Some of his favorite things to make include cacio e pepe, New York-style cheesecake, okonomiyaki, oyakodon, and chocolate chunk cookies.

Laura Wolfgang

Laura Wolfgang

Lead Product Manager

 wolfgangceramics.com

Laura spent the first 25 years of her life in California and still squeals when she sees carne asada fries on a restaurant menu. She once spent a sweltering New York summer with her oven cranked up to 500°F, searching for the best sourdough recipe (which temporarily boosted her popularity amongst friends, neighbors, and coworkers). When she's not writing product requirements or prioritizing features for Food52, you can find her at the wheel in her communal ceramics studio, where she makes functional tableware that she sells on her website and ships from her Brooklyn apartment.


Strategy, Growth & Marketing

Danielle Curtis-Williams

Danielle Curtis-Williams

Manager, Marketing

Born and raised in Washington, DC, Danielle was lucky enough to grow up with delicious home-cooked meals and a dad who grilled even when there was snow on the ground. While attending college in Southwest Virginia, Danielle discovered her love for fried pickles (slices not spears) and Cheerwine. In the summer of 2017, she made her way from DC to New York and immediately started eating her way through the city she’s always loved. When she isn't cooking or talking about her limitless love of bacon, you can find Danielle at a concert, because the only thing she loves more than food is live music.

Alex Egan

Alex Egan

Senior SEO Strategist

 loveandcarciofi.com

Alex was born and raised in Kinderhook in Upstate New York, and now lives in Washington Heights with her fiancé and their many beloved plants. She went to a small state college, where she was an English major and literary magazine editor, and from there came to New York to get her master's degree in Publishing from NYU. Through previous jobs at Scientific American, Time Out New York, and Hearst, she tried on a variety of hats before stumbling into SEO. Right now she is particularly interested in the wellness side of food. After a SIBO diagnosis a few years ago, she has become well-versed in the making of matcha lattes, smoothie bowls, and homemade yogurt, but her true food love has always been and will always be the bagel (with lox and the works, please).

Dina Losito

Dina Losito

B2B Business Associate

Dina grew up in upstate N.Y. in a large Sicilian family, where food has always been front and center. After college, she taught herself graphic-design software and co-owned a print production company called Extra Fine Print. Dina went on to become the Director of Creative Services for Sony Music and from there, was recruited by Apple for their new business-to-business department, where her focus was start-ups (Baked By Melissa, Warby Parker, and The Daily Beast to name a few).

She then moved on to Tekserve, where she created and managed their business-to-business team, focusing on start-ups and broadcast/media clients like Radical Media. Coming to Food52 felt like coming home, because of how central the brand's themes of home and food are to family. Dina lives in Jackson Heights—the international food capital of the world—and considers herself a baker more than a cook (she challenges anyone to a granola bake-off!).

Laura Lu

Laura Lu

Commercial Strategy & Operations Associate

Born and raised in Rochester, N.Y. by two Chinese immigrant parents, Laura grew up on hand-pulled noodles and homemade dumplings, longing for just one night of Kraft mac and cheese. After leaving home for Harvard, however, she realized just how special her skills at combining water and flour made her amongst her friends, and now nothing delights her more than sharing this part of her culture with others. When she’s not scouring Food52’s vast recipe archive to find the natural third ingredient to add to her repertoire (spoiler alert: it’s yeast), Laura can be found brunching around the city, dog-spotting in Central Park, and watching way too much reality television.

Nicolas Lukac

Nicolas Lukac

Manager, Strategic Partnerships & Activation

Nicolas comes from a big, eclectic family with a homebase in Mexico City. Born and raised abroad, with six siblings and many family traditions, Nicolas loves to lean into the world around him. Growing up, he spent winter holidays in Park City, Utah, skiing and making the Lukac family kaposzta leves (cabbage) soup for Christmas Eve, and summers in South Florida cracking garlic crabs at the famous Rustic Inn (do check it out!).

After spending a few years consulting large consumer packaged goods companies at Accenture and managing various Home categories (recliners!) at Walmart eCommerce, Nicolas now manages strategic partnerships at Food52. He is passionate about creating the best experience for Food52ers while searching for the next big idea to propel us forward.

When Nicolas isn’t plotting his next adventure abroad (two weeks driving around the Umbrian countryside perhaps?) he enjoys sipping very dirty martinis and homemade guacamole (a curious but tasty combination!) with friends on his New York City rooftop.

Serina Patel

Serina Patel

Marketing Coordinator

Serina grew up in an Indian-American household in San Diego, where she was no stranger to the sounds of bread crackling fresh out of the oven and rotlis puffing up on the hot stove. After a few years living in Italy and Switzerland—and eating everything vegetarian in sight—Serina found her true passion for food from her host family in Ferrara, Italy. Every day, a warm bowl of fresh trofie with pesto welcomed her home from work. She moved to San Francisco to start her career in marketing at Levi’s and collected enough denim to last 5 lifetimes (really). Two years later, she joined the Food52 team in New York. She enjoys house music, gin cocktails, and all the pasta she can eat.

Cara Vaccaro

Cara Vaccaro

Assistant Manager, Email

Cara lives in Brooklyn, where she enjoys hosting game nights and boring her friends with her one and only party trick: the air sax. She knows her way around a cheese board, eats chocolate every single day, and values family (salud), SPF, and good food. Her most immediate goals are to travel more and meet A$AP Rocky.

Anu Varghese

Anu Varghese

Director, Lifecycle Marketing

Anu's passion for food has made her responsible for picking the restaurant or bar every time she goes out with family and friends. Growing up, her parents made amazing meals at home and also loved trying food from different cultures, be it shawarma one day or dumplings the next. This instilled in Anu a fascination with exploring the world through food at a very early age. These days, when she is not working on digital marketing strategies or cooking meals with her husband, she is planning her next trip or watching reruns of The Office (only the seasons with Michael Scott, of course).

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

Melanie Borrero

Melanie Borrero

People Operations Coordinator

 linkedin.com/in/melanieborrero

Melanie came to Brooklyn by way of Florida, where she developed her healthy appetite for Cuban sandwiches and Key lime pies. She misses the beaches but is enjoying city life with her partner, Daniel. She fell into People Operations after studying psychology at the University of Central Florida and has loved it ever since. Working her way through the finance and tech industries, she was drawn to Food52 for its way of bringing people together through the joy of food and cooking. She is especially proud of her Dominican and Puerto Rican roots, which inform her work as an advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion. When she’s not working, you can find Melanie biking around the city, browsing book stores, picnicking in the park, or experimenting with a Genius baking recipe. Her other favorite pastime is travel and her favorite trips have been to two of the world’s greatest food destinations: Japan and Italy. Her goals are to travel to as many countries as possible and one day live abroad.

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.

Michael Lentinello

Michael Lentinello

Staff Accountant

Born and raised in Huntington, NY, Michael got his degree in Finance from Adelphi University. Growing up on the north shore of Long Island, Michael has a great appreciation for both seafood and wineries. Born into an Italian American family, he learned the importance of spending time with family and enjoying home cooked meals. Outside of Food52, you can find Michael at one of the multiple music venues around NYC or searching for his new favorite restaurant on Long Island.

Brian Mahoney

Brian Mahoney

Director, People Operations

Brian has been working in hospitality, operations, and human resources in the food, live entertainment, health and wellness, and innovation consulting industries for over 15 years. He loves Food52’s focus on bringing people together through food and cooking. The little he knows about cooking comes from a decade of waiting tables, as well as his big family gatherings growing up in the Silicon Valley. When not stumbling through every Genius recipe, Brian enjoys experimenting with mixology and eating his way through his East Village neighborhood.


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.