Women Leaders in
Food, Fine Beverage & Hospitality

Our Moderator and Panelists Bios


Joe Yonan


Joe Yonan is the Food and Dining editor of The Washington Post and author of the newspaper’s “Weeknight Vegetarian” column. His work has earned top honors from the James Beard Foundation, and in 2017 the International Association of Culinary Professionals named the Post Publication of the Year. He is the editor of "America the Great Cookbook: The Food We Make for the People We Love from 100 of Our Finest Chefs and Food Heroes” and author of “Eat Your Vegetables: Bold Recipes for the Single Cook” and “Serve Yourself: Nightly Adventures in Cooking for One." Joe grew up in West Texas and is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts.


Gesine Bullock-Prado


A self-taught baker turned acclaimed pastry chef, Gesine brings her fun, witty, and charming nature to everything she does, from hosting Food Network's Baked in Vermont to teaching at her baking school, Sugar Glider Kitchen or at King Arthur Flour’s Baking Education Center. She provides advice on baking techniques and recipes, and products to help her audience elevate their baking. She is a trusted ambassador for partners including Nestle Tollhouse, King Arthur Flour, People magazine and Better Homes & Gardens, and a best-selling author of five baking books including “Let Them Eat Cake” and “Bake Like You Mean It.” She lives on a farm in Vermont with her husband Ray and their beloved animals.

Jacques Pepin


One of the world’s most famous cooking teachers and educators, Jacques Pépin has published more than 30 cookbooks, including his new books, “Jacques Pépin Poulet & Legumes,” “My Menus” and his PBS tie-in cookbook “Jacques Pépin: Heart & Soul in the Kitchen.” He has starred in 14 acclaimed cooking series on public television. Before coming to the United States, Jacques served as the personal chef to Charles de Gaulle. He has won many accolades and awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the James Beard Foundation in 2005, several IACP Cookbook Awards, and the Legion of Honor, France’s highest distinction.


Carla Hall


Carla Hall is best known as the co-host on ABC’s Emmy award-winning, popular lifestyle series The Chew. She won over audiences when she competed on Bravo’s Top Chef and Top Chef: All-Stars and shared her philosophy to always cook with love. Carla believes food connects us all, and she strives to communicate this through her work, her cooking, and in her daily interactions with others. On the literary front, Carla has combined her loves of food, people, and culture to write several cookbooks. Her latest cookbook, “Carla Hall’s Soul Food,” will be published October 23.

Molly Yeh


Molly Yeh stars in Food Network’s newest series, Girl Meets Farm. She rose to prominence with her 2016 memoir, “Molly on The Range: Recipes and Stories from an Unlikely Life on a Farm,” which won an IACP award. In March 2018, Molly’s book “Yogurt” was published by Short Stack Edition. She also maintains her lifestyle blog, mynameisyeh.com. She has been featured in The New York Times, Food & Wine, Bon Appétit, and New York Magazine, and has contributed to Vanity Fair, Saveur, Condé Nast Traveler, and Food52. She was named to Forbes’ 30 under 30 list for 2017. Molly lives on a farm on the North Dakota-Minnesota border with her fifth-generation farmer husband and a flock of chickens.


Natalka Burian

Twitter: @natalkaburian

Instagram: @elsabarnyc / @ramonabarnyc

Natalka Burian is co-owner of two bars in Brooklyn, Elsa and Ramona, and the author of “Welcome to the Slipstream,” a YA novel. Her latest book, due out this month, is “A Woman’s Drink: Bold Recipes for Bold Women.” Natalka is also the co-founder of the Freya Project, a group established in the wake of the 2016 election that raises funds to support small nonprofit organizations across the U.S. that are fighting for women’s rights. Natalka received an MA from Columbia University, where she studied Eastern European literature, with an emphasis on the work of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.

Lettie Teague

Instagram: @Lettieteague

Twitter: @Lettieteague1

Lettie Teague is a noted wine journalist and columnist for The Wall Street Journal. She has won three James Beard Foundation awards for wine journalism and was inducted into the Wine Media Hall of Fame in 2015. Lettie was executive wine editor at Food & Wine magazine and wrote a monthly column. She has written wine books including  “Wine in Words: Some Notes for Better Drinking” and “Educating Peter: How Anybody Can Become an (Almost) Instant Wine Expert.” She was the cartoonist and co-author of “Fear of Wine: An Introductory Guide to the Grape,” published in 1995 and still in print. Lettie is currently working on an introductory guide to wine, to be published in 2019.


Dorie Greenspan


Called a ‘culinary guru’ by The New York Times and inducted into the “Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America,” Dorie Greenspan has written 13 cookbooks including “Every Day Dorie,” out this month. A five-time James Beard Foundation award-winner for her cookbooks and magazine articles, Dorie has collaborated with many celebrated chefs, including Julia Child Daniel Boulud and Pierre Hermé. Her book, “Baking from My Home to Yours,” inspired “Tuesdays with Dorie,” a weekly online baking club. A similar group, “French Fridays with Dorie,” has cooked its way through the recipes in “Around My French Table.”  Dorie writes the “On Dessert” column for The New York Times Sunday magazine. She lives in New York City, Westbrook, CT and Paris.

Christina Tosi


Christina Tosi is the founder and creative mastermind behind Milk Bar in New York. A classically trained, two-time James Beard Foundation award-winning pastry chef who blends sophisticated culinary technique with unexpectedly whimsical and nostalgic ingredients, Christina began her career working for a number of powerhouse fine-dining chefs including David Bouley and Wylie Dufresne. After founding the dessert program at Momofuku, Christina has gone on to build a culinary empire of her own. Described by The New York Times as a “border-crossing pastry chef,” Christina opened Milk Bar in 2008, and has since catapulted into the spotlight as one of the most iconic American pastry chefs of this generation.

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