Katie Walsh is a freelance reporter, writer and editor passionate about food, travel, and all things cultural. Katie wrote her debut published piece, a children’s cookbook review, at age eleven. Since then, she’s soaked up a world of cuisine and food culture wisdom via her father, Robb Walsh, and has written food/food policy pieces for The Austin Chronicle, Serious Eats, Houston Press Eating Our Words, and TODO Austin, for which she is both a columnist and senior editor. Katie holds a degree in sociology and Spanish from UT Austin.
Sarah Spigelman is a New York City based writer, editor, and lover of all things gustatory. Her favorite foods are kimchi, Chili Cheese Fritos, and foie gras. She loves musical theatre, reruns of “Arrested Development,” and $5 blackjack. Whenever she isn’t eating or cooking, she can be seen performing improvisational comedy with the National Comedy Theatre. Her writing can be found on Bites.Today.Com, The Daily Meal, and in the magazine Northeast Flavors. Additionally, you can read her personal blog, Fritos and Foie Gras, for her eating and cooking adventures in NYC and beyond. If you like her blog, tell everyone you know about it! If you don’t, keep your dumb old opinions to yourself.
One part photographer. One part cook. One part thrill-seeker. All three tied up with an undeniable passion for life’s many gifts. Becky Reams is originally a food photographer with work appearing in GQ, Cooking Light, Edible Westside, and Westlake Magazine. Currently competing on Fox Television's MasterChef, she is a self-taught chef, focusing on new American cuisine with strong Korean influences. A private chef, a food writer, a TV personality and all around food fanatic, Becky drinks good whiskey, eats great food, and loves amazing people. An insatiable appetite for more has propelled her into experiences that only her wildest dreams could have predicted. She lives by the mantra: beauty lies in simplicity, and the magic is in the details. Find Becky waxing philosophic about food at www.thedeliciousview.com or on Twitter at @MC3Becky and @foodiephotog or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MC3Becky or www.facebook.com/beckyreamscooks.
Phil Manning is a wine, spirits, and cocktails expert and former professional bartender with over 10 years experience. Phil has appeared as a guest speaker at a number of culinary festivals and trade shows, bringing his knowledge and insight of the world of wine and spirits people around the country. His original cocktails have been featured in national and international publications. Phil frequently conducts wine and spirits dinners for the local community and in his free time, Phil is a devoted fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers and enjoys hiking with his dog Rumples. Follow Phil on Facebook and Twitter.
Jeff Baker loves the allure of mixology and the depths to which one can go to make a great cocktail. He currently leads the line at one of the most popular bars in the country, Seven Grand Whiskey Bar, creating cocktails and pouring amazing whiskeys for Los Angeles' finest patrons. Jeff also hosts the new made-for-web show, The Buzz, where he instructs viewers on the art and craft of mixology while making refreshing celebrity-inspired cocktails
Originally from across the pond, Natalia has fallen in love with everything the West Coast has to offer. The food, the people, the beaches, the sunsets, the beers. But honestly, it all begins and ends with the food. Having written for local and national news sources and currently working as editor for Whisked Foodie, Natalia is thrilled to be the Los Angeles foodie. Although slightly (ahem, understatement) peeved about the ban on foie gras in California, Natalia resides in Culver City, sniffing out the latest hole in the wall and greatest dive bar. Hit her up on Twitter @WhiskedFoodie for any delicious recommendations in Boston, Montreal, Los Angeles, or Moscow. That's right: She's intra and international.