Andy Baraghani is a New York-based writer and recipe developer. At 17, he began working at world-renowned restaurant, Chez Panisse. From there, he continued his culinary training in some of the top restaurants around the country, including Gary Danko, Corton and Estela. By the time he was 21 he was running a monthly pop-up featuring seasonal Iranian food outside of his Brooklyn apartment. He was recruited to be the food editor at Tasting Table at age 23. In 2015, he joined Bon Appétit as their senior food editor. His work has also been featured in Saveur, Gather Journal, BBC, Jarry.
Nadia Berenstein holds a PhD in History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently working on a book based on her dissertation, recounting the history of flavor science and the flavor industry in the United States beginning in the
mid-nineteenth century. Her writing has appeared in Food & Wine and Lucky Peach among other places. She has been a guest on Science Friday, The Nod and Gastropod, and she was an advisor for the Museum of Food and Drink’s inaugural exhibition, "Flavor: Making It and Faking It." You can read more about her research on her blog, Flavor Added.
Brian Bordainick is a Founder of Square One Politics, and currently working as the Head of Innovative Ventures for Hudson's Bay Company. In his role there, he is founding and launching new businesses with top designers from across the world. With the retail industry in flux, he is bringing an innovative business model to address the systemic issues prevalent. Prior to that, Brian founded and ran Dinner Lab, which hosted over 1,000 culinary experiences across 31 cities in the United States. He also founded the 9th Ward Field of Dreams, a non-profit that raised over $2mm to build a football and track stadium in New Orleans.
Kimberly Chou is a Co-Director of Food Book Fair, a New York-based festival celebrating media at the intersections of food culture and food systems. FBF events are inspired by cookbooks and beyond: memoirs, political reportage, independent magazines (#foodieodicals in FBF parlance: food + periodical), TV, and film, all pushing the boundaries of contemporary food conversation. A reformed journalist, Kimberly previously worked for institutions including The Wall Street Journal. In other lives, she’s modeled for artists, moonlighted in food service, and once performed in a corps of untrained dancers at the Whitney Biennial. This past June, she helped co-coordinate the first food track at the Allied Media Conference in Detroit, which utilizes media-based organizing to build a more creative, just world.
Dana Cowin is best known for her two decades as the Editor-in-Chief of Food & Wine Magazine. She is a tastemaker, talent scout, consultant, author, lecturer and radio show host. At Food & Wine, she oversaw every editorial aspect of the brand. After Food & Wine, Cowin joined the ground-breaking restaurant group Chefs Club to continue her role as a scout. She later launched DBC Creative, a branding consultancy, and became host of “Speaking Broadly” on Heritage Radio Network. Dana was inducted in to the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food & Drink.
Robert Collignon founded Cosmik Ice Cream in 2016 after traveling the country in a camper van. The road was no place for frozen desserts, so he launched Cosmik to introduce an organic freeze dried ice cream with no refrigeration necessary. Based in the Catskill Mountains, Cosmik now ships unmeltable ice cream worldwide. Prior to Cosmik, Robert lived in Brooklyn and worked as a Designer and Creative Director at various New York advertising agencies. He now lives in Hobart, New York (population: 441).
Megan Collins is a pop-culture consultant and trend-forecaster, always on the lookout for the latest trends in marketing, culture, food, fashion and more. She serves as a lead analyst and contributor to The Trendera Files, a quarterly trend report trusted by Fortune 500 companies to offer ongoing cultural insights and data on Generations X, Y and Z. She also curates and produces The Trendera Files Weekly, an online newsletter featuring what to watch, click and covet from around the web each week. Megan is well-versed in the current cultural climate, where it’s headed, and how it will impact both consumers and brands alike.
Building on over a decade of experience as a diplomat at the State Department and as a senior Obama aide, Julie Egan launched Salonniere to perform a different kind of diplomacy – one aimed at bringing people of eclectic backgrounds together over food and art to tackle tough conversations with diverse partners. While at the State Department she executed diplomatic ventures as varied as entrepreneurship diplomacy, hip hop diplomacy, and food diplomacy. She also helped launch President Obama’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit. Most recently, she served in The White House on a team of senior advisors sent by President Obama to Detroit post-bankruptcy. Julie is a Fulbright scholar and a recipient of the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship.
Nas Jab moved to New York City from Palestine when he was 17 years old. After completing his degree in Finance & Economics, he began working in the food business, eventually launching Mazeish, a Mediterranean-Latino restaurant on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. He has volunteered to help refugees since 2008, mostly working with nonprofits that operate in the refugee camps in Lebanon. He has also written about technological advancements and food.
John Martin is the Publisher and Co-Founder of MUNCHIES, VICE Media’s food & drink brand launched in 2014 as a partnership with FremantleMedia. John leads the management and operations of the company. He lives in Brooklyn and is an investor in bars and hotel properties throughout New York.
Stephen Satterfield is a food writer, multimedia producer and Founder of Whetstone Magazine, a print publication on food origin and culture. Before that, he spent over a decade working at fine restaurants nationwide, as a manager and sommelier.
Robyn Shapiro created the insect-based food brand Seek after many years of frustration with the global food system. Seek launched in summer 2016 with a line of delicious and nutritious snacks. Robyn has also led multiple education workshops on edible insects in order to raise awareness and comfort levels with this alternative protein source. Robyn also serves as the Deputy Director for the Lowline, an effort to build the world’s first underground park in New York City in an abandoned historic trolley terminal.
Barry Silverman is a seasoned brand and marketing professional and currently works as Senior Director of Strategy at Interbrand, one of the world’s largest brand consulting firms. Barry also considers himself a “Beer Advocate”. He is an avid writer, brewer, reader, and influencer of craft beer. He has attended countless beer festivals, has given beer tours, and has consulted with a few local restaurants on their beer selection. Barry is also an Adjunct Professor of Marketing at The City College of New York. He has a passion for beer history and loves introducing craft beer to anyone who will listen.
Charles Wilkin is the Founder and Beekeeper of 2 Queens Honey, located in the Catskill town of Narrowsburg, New York. 2 Queens has grown from selling raw local honey to fine loose tea and honey based natural bar soaps and cosmetics. With the addition of his partner Martin Higgins in 2016 as Roast Master, 2 Queens began producing a variety of single origin micro-roasted coffees. Charles is also Founder and Creative Director at Automatic Art and Design, a graphic design studio which he started in 1994. Charles believes 2 Queens can offer products that truly embrace exceptional quality, sustainability and meaningful purpose.
LinYee Yuan is the founder and editor of MOLD, an editorial platform about designing the future of food. Since launching in 2013, MOLD has become a showcase for thought leadership, design collaboration, curatorial inquiry and public dialogue about the future of food. LinYee has written about food, design and art for outlets like Food52, Design Observer and Elle Decor. When she isn't traveling for work or pleasure, you can find LinYee slinging brisket sandwiches with Lonestar Empire, her Texas-style barbecue pop-up in Brooklyn.