Melissa Clark: Food writer, cookbook author, and staff reporter for the New York Times Food section, where she writes the popular column “A Good Appetite” and appears in a weekly cooking video series.
Padma Lakshmi: Actress, food expert, model, and award-winning author. Host, judge and an executive producer on Bravo’s Emmy award-winning Top Chef. Recipient of the 2016 NECO Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
Michel Nischan: Three-time James Beard Award winning chef and trailblazer in the sustainable food movement. Founder/CEO of Wholesome Wave, Co-Founder of the Chefs Action Network. Co-founder and partner with the late actor Paul Newman of the former Dressing Room Restaurant.
Missy Robbins: Head chef and owner of Lilia restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Also known for maintaining Michelin star status the entirety of her tenure as Executive Chef of A Voce Madison and A Voce Columbus. A Top Chef Masters contestant.
Susan Ungaro : President, James Beard Foundation, the country's preeminent culinary organization.
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