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Speakers

SHAUNA AHERN

Shauna Ahern is considered one of the most authoritative sources of gluten-free living on the Internet. Her popular Web site, glutenfreegirl.com, was named one of the best food sites in the world by Gourmet.com, Bon Appetit.com, and The London Times, as well as being named one of the 20 best blogs by and for women by The Sunday Telegraph. Gluten-Free Girl won Best Food Blog with a Theme in the World in 2006 and receives thousands of hits a day. Ahern’s first cookbook, Gluten-Free Girl: How I Found the Food That Loves Me Back and How You Can Too, was released in 2009.  She has recently published her second cookbook, written with her husband Daniel, entitled Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef: A Love Story in 100 Tempting Recipes.

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ELISE BAUER

Elise Bauer started Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of what she was learning to cook from her parents. Her site has been recognized as a top food blog by Forbes.com, Saveur, Gourmet.com and The London Times.  Time Magazine named Simply Recipes one of the 50 Coolest Websites in 2006.  Simply Recipes now reaches over a hundred thousand visitors each day and was voted Best Food Blog Overall in the 2006 Food Blog Awards.

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HELENE DUJARDIN

Hélène launched the award-winning blog Tartelette in 2006, where she dedicates herself to the art of food, photography, and styling. It didn’t take long for photography to become more than a hobby. Hélène started professionally working with local and national magazines. She also began photographing and styling numerous cookbooks.  Hélène’s food photography and styling work has been praised online and in print by publications such as Elle magazine, Forbes magazine, The Times Online, Saveur magazine, CNN, Martha Stewart and more.  Hélène’s food photography book, Plate to Pixel: Digital Food Photography & Styling, was released in May 2011.

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DAVID FULLER

Dave has been cooking for 25 years and hates mustard. He was an early member of Half.com in Philly, running Marketing & Strategy, prior to the acquisition by eBay. He moved to California to continue working for eBay as GM of a large portion of the US business. Dave left eBay in 2006 to be VP Marketing & Business Operations for StumbleUpon. Through an acquisition, Dave ended back up at eBay…again. He finally left in late 2008 to pursue his passion, a site now called Yummly, of which he is the founder and CEO.

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ARAN GOYOAGA

Aran Goyoaga is a professionally trained pastry chef who found her passion in food styling, photography and writing through her award-winning blog Cannelle Et Vanille.  She is currently writing and photographing her first cookbook, which will be published by Little Brown & Company in the fall of 2012.

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FRANCIS LAM

Francis Lam is Features Editor at Gilt Taste, provides color commentary for the Cooking Channel show Food(ography), and tweets at @francis_lam. In past lives, he was a Senior Writer at Salon.com, a Contributing Editor at Gourmet magazine (RIP), and his work has appeared in the 2006 – 2010 editions of Best Food Writing. He believes that, in professional football, that would count as a dynasty; in ancient China, not so much.

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DAVIA NELSON and NIKKI SILVA

The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva) are producers of the duPont-Columbia Award-winning NPR series Hidden Kitchens, and the two Peabody Award-winning NPR series, Lost & Found Sound and The Sonic Memorial Project. Their current project is The Hidden World of Girls, a year-long series on NPR exploring the lives of girls and the women they become.

Hidden Kitchens heard on Morning Edition, explores the world of secret, unexpected, below the radar cooking across America—how communities come together through food. The series inspired their first book, Hidden Kitchens: Stories, Recipes, and More from NPR’s The Kitchen Sisters, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year for 2005 and nominated for a James Beard Award for Best Writing on Food.

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MOLLY O’NEILL

Molly O’Neill is the author of three cookbooks, including the best-selling New York Cookbook, A Well-Seasoned Appetite, and The Pleasure of Your Company. She hosted the PBS series Great Food and was, for ten years, a reporter with The New York Times and the food columnist for its Sunday magazine.  She spent ten years traveling around America gathering oral histories and recipes to create One Big Table: A Portrait of American Cooking.

O’Neill won the Julia Child/IACP Award for cookbooks and was awarded three James Beard citations for books, journalism, and television, as well as the society’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She has twice been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and is the editor of the Library of America’s anthology American Food Writing.

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RUTH REICHL

Ruth Reichl, editorial advisor of Gilt Taste and editor-in-chief of the late Gourmet magazine, is the author of the best-selling memoirs Tender at the Bone, Comfort Me with Apples, Garlic and Sapphires, and Not Becoming My Mother and Other Things She Taught Me Along the Way. She is executive producer of the two-time James Beard Award-winning Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie, which airs on public television across the country, and the editor of the Modern Library Food Series. Before coming to Gourmet, she was the restaurant critic for the New York Times, receiving two James Beard Awards for her work. She lectures frequently on food and culture.

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TANYA STEEL

Tanya Steel is a well-known food writer and Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning food Web site, Epicurious.com. Before joining Epicurious, Steel was the New York Editor of Bon Appetit magazine, where she wrote columns and features. Ms. Steel won the prestigious James Beard Foundation Journalism Award for Magazine Restaurant Review or Critique, 2003. She is a member of the American Society of Magazine Editors and a James Beard Restaurant Judge. Prior to Bon Appétit, she was an editor at Diversion, Food & Wine, and Mademoiselle magazines. In recent years, Steel created the charity program Wine. Dine. Donate. to combat hunger in conjunction with America’s Second Harvest.  Steel is the co-author of Real Food for Healthy Kids, which was published in late 2008.
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MOLLY WIZENBERG

Molly Wizenberg is a freelance food writer and the creator of the award-winning blog Orangette. She is a regular contributor to Bon Appétit, and her writing has been featured on NPR.org and PBS.org and has been praised in The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, and The Seattle Times. Wizenberg has degrees in human biology, French, and cultural anthropology, but in 2005, she left the world of academia to write full-time.

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