Bonnie Benwick is The Washington Post's deputy food editor and editor of The Washington Post Cookbook: Readers' Favorite Recipes (April 2013)

Monica Bhide was chosen by Mashable as one of the top ten food writers on Twitter. She’s the author of three cookbooks – The Spice is Right: Easy Indian Cooking for Today, The Everything India Cookbook and Modern Spice (Simon & Schuster, 2009). Modern Spice was also customized for the Indian market and published in India by Random House. Additionally, she has been published in national and international publications including The New York Times; Food & Wine; Cooking Light; Bon Appetit; Saveur; Parents; AARP- The magazine; Eating Well; KIWI; Four Seasons; Spirituality & Health; Prevention; Health; SELF; several “Best Food Writing” anthologies; and is a frequent contributor to NPR’s “Kitchen Window.”

Adam Ewing is a photographer specializing in portraiture for advertising and editorial usage. His editorial work has appeared in Garden & Gun, Southern Living, Fortune Small Business, Redbook and Cooking Light. After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1998 with a Bachelor's degree in Communication Arts and Design, he spent the next few years assisting both locally and nationally known photographers. He struck out on his own in 2006, opening a studio, and started shooting for food-related clients that include Walmart, Virginia Tourism Corporation and Ukrop's Homestyle Foods. Adam currently lives in Richmond, Virginia with his wife, a dog, some cats and a few fish.

Lisa Fain, author of The Homesick Texan's Family Table and 2014 James Beard Foundation winner for individual blog, is a seventh-generation Texan who currently resides in New York City. When she's not on the hunt for chile peppers, she writes and photographs the popular food blog, Homesick Texan, which has been named one of the top 50 food blogs in the world by the Times of London and Best Regional Cuisine Food Blog by Saveur. It has also received recognition from The New York Times, Bon Appetit and Gourmet. An active member of Foodways Texas and The Southern Foodways Alliance, Lisa is also a certified barbecue judge.

Ramin Ganeshram is a chef and award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in Saveur, O, National Geographic Traveler and more. She is the author of Sweet Hands: Island Cooking from Trinidad & Tobago, and Stir It Up!, a culinary novel for middle-grade readers.      

Matt Gross is the editor of, the former Frugal Traveler for the New York Times, and the author of The Turk Who Loved Apples: And Other Tales of Losing My Way Around the World.Born in Concord, Massachusetts, he grew up everywhere from Brighton, England, to Williamsburg, Virginia, and now lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters.

Kat Kinsman is managing editor CNN's food blog @Eatocracy, writer @CNNLiving and author of the upcoming nonfiction book Hi, Anxiety. She adores offal, collards and The Smiths.

Todd Kliman, is the restaurant critic at The Washingtonian, as well as the magazine's Food and Wine Editor, and received a James Beard Foundation Award in 2005 for his column. He is the author of The Wild Vine, which the Richmond Times-Dispatch called "an outstanding work of literature" and the Washington Post lauded as "fascinating, and with a haunting finish." His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper'sLucky Peach, The Oxford American, and The Daily Beast, among others, and been widely anthologized.  Kliman also taught English and literature for 10 years at American University and Howard University. At Howard, he was the editorial advisor to Chris Rock's controversial humor magazine, The Illtop Journal, modeled after the Harvard Lampoon and designed to give young African Americans a forum to break into comedy writing.

Kendra Bailey Morris is a cookbook author with Ten Speed Press/Crown Publishing, food writer and recipe developer. Her writing and recipes appear in Better Homes and Gardens, Food Republic, Virginia Living Magazine, Chile Pepper Magazine, DRAFT, Gadling, NPR, Eatocracy, Saveur, Away, We Network, Richmond Times Dispatch, Associated Press, Washington Post and Richmond magazine. She has served as a judge for The James Beard Awards 2011 and 2013 (Wine and Spirits). She has a master's degree in creative writing from Virginia Commonwealth University and also participated in the Symposium for Professional Food Writers at The Greenbrier. As a culinary instructor, she has created and taught more than 350 cooking classes for Sur La Table and Williams and Sonoma. Her recent book is The Southern Slow Cooker.

Josh Ozersky's Esquire food blog Eat Like a Man is for everyone, not just men. Even if you're not a man or you don't eat like one, he welcomes you. It's just that there are foods that men love and there are ways that men eat that are just different, and he celebrates that. Every day on his blog, one will find a mix of ideas, interviews, opinions, wisdom, tips, news, and recipes. Ozersky won a James Beard Award for his work as the founding editor of New York magazine’s Grub Street blog, and he is the author of several books, including his most recent, Colonel Sanders and the American Dream and  The Hamburger: A History

Michael Psaltis launched The Culinary Cooperative in 2005. The agency was formed with a singular focus on the cooking and lifestyle markets. In 2012, together with partner Cameron Levkoff, the agency was re-branded as The Culinary Entertainment Agency, reflecting their intention to continue to expertly represent clients' interests and help them navigate through the rapidly changing media world to develop their brands and achieve their goals.

Judy Pray is a senior editor at Artisan Books in New York City specializing in cookbooks. Judy has acquired and edited books (past and upcoming) by Sean Brock, Tom Colicchio, Alice Medrich, Floyd Cardoz, Edward Lee, Tom Mylan, Cheryl and Griff Day, and many others, including Sweet by Valerie Gordon, which was nominated for a James Beard Award this year in the baking book category. She was previously senior editor at Clarkson Potter.

John Shields, chef, author and television personality, is the owner of the celebrated Gertrude's Restaurant at the Baltimore Museum of Art. He is often called "The Culinary Ambassador of the Chesapeake Bay," and he has written four popular cookbooks: Coastal Cooking with John Shields, Chesapeake Bay Cookbook; The Chesapeake Bay Crab Cookbook; and Chesapeake Bay Cooking with John Shields. He also has written for numerous national publications, including The New York Times, the Washington Post, Coastal Living, and Southern Living

Denise Vivaldo is a classically trained chef who founded Food Fanatics in 1988, a catering, recipe-development, and food-styling firm based in Los Angeles, California. In 2012 Denise rebranded her company as the Denise Vivaldo Group. Denise is a popular contributing blogger to the Huffington Post as well as her own blog, Denise Vivaldo Blogs. She also teaches food styling, catering and cooking classes and workshops in a multitude of locations across the country and internationally. She has been a featured guest expert on many television shows.