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Our superstar panel of 38 judges includes chefs, authors, editors, bloggers, farmers, gardeners, activists and other esteemed professionals in the food world. Get to know them below.

2016 EDDYs Judges

  • Tom Hunt, food-waste activist, writer and eco chef

    Tom Hunt

    Tom Hunt is an award winning eco-chef and author, working on projects to revive our cooking heritage and...
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  • Lesley Tellez, journalist, culinary tour expert and Mexican cookbook author

    Lesley Téllez

    Lesley Téllez is a journalist, culinary tour expert and Mexican cookbook author living in New York City. Her...
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  • Charlie Macquarie, archivist, artist, writer and editor

    Charlie Macquarie

    Charlie Macquarie is an artist and experimental librarian interested in the commons and systems of production...
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  • Tenaya and Andre Darlington, co-authors of The New Cocktail Hour: The Essential Guide to Hand-Crafted Cocktails

    André Darlington

    André Darlington has been writing about the cocktail revolution from a front-row barstool for over a...
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  • Danielle Nierenberg is the co-founder and President of Food Tank

    Danielle Nierenberg

    Danielle Nierenberg is President of Food Tank and an expert on sustainable agriculture and food issues. She has...
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  • Faith Durand, executive editor of The Kitchn

    Faith Durand

    By day, Ohio native Faith is executive editor of The Kitchn, a popular home cooking and kitchen design blog (...
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  • Joanne Smart, senior editor of Fine Cooking

    Joanne Smart

    Joanne Smart is a senior editor at Fine Cooking magazine and a writer who specializes in food and cooking. She’...
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  • Megan O. Steintrager is a food writer, editor & EDDY Awards Judge

    Megan Steintrager

    Megan O. Steintrager has been in the food media since the late '90s. She has been an editor and writer for...
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  • Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Beekman Boys and EDDYs Judges

    Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell

    Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell are the founders of Beekman 1802. They have published three bestselling...
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  • vivian howard

    Vivian Howard

    Born in Deep Run, NC, to tobacco and hog farming parents, Vivian Howard learned early on to appreciate the ebb...
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  • Ethne Clarke, author, journalist and lecturer

    Ethne Clarke

    Journalist, author, and editor, Ethne also leads garden and food tours to Italy, France, England, and the...
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  • Amy Kimoto-Kahn, author of Simply Ramen

    Amy Kimoto-Kahn

    Amy Kimoto-Kahn was born in Fullerton, California and now lives with her family in the San Francisco...
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  • Shawn Steiman, coffee scientist, consultant, author, and entrepreneur

    Shawn Steiman

    Shawn is a coffee scientist, author, and consultant. He's a graduate of Oberlin College as well as the...
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  • Margaret Roach

    Margaret Roach, one of America's best-known garden writers, creates and the public-radio show...
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  • Daniel Klein, The Perennial Plate filmmaker

    Daniel Klein

    Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine are the filmmakers behind The Perennial Plate ...
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  • Kristen Miglore, creative director of Food52

    Kristen Miglore

    Kristen Miglore abandoned a career in economics to pursue a master's degree in food studies from New York...
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  • Allison Day

    As a California transplant by the way of the Midwest, Allison Day believes that a well-made meal can turn the...
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  • Nick Malgieri, baker, author & EDDY Awards Judge. Photo by Romulo Yanes.

    Nick Malgieri

    Nick Malgieri is the author of 12 books about baking and has been the recipient of both James Beard and Julia...
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  •  Renee Schettler Rossi

    Renee Rossi

    Renee grew up channeling her grandmother, a relentless clipper and tweaker of recipes, and both losing and...
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  • Erin Coopey, chef, cookbook author, and cooking instructor

    Erin Coopey

    Erin Coopey is a chef, cookbook author, and cooking instructor in Seattle.After receiving her culinary degree...
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  • Stefanie Sacks is a culinary nutritionist & EDDY Awards Judge

    Stefanie Sacks

    Stefanie Sacks, MS, CNS, CDN is a Culinary Nutritionist, author, consultant, speaker, and food firebrand! ...
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  • Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer, cooks, authors, and co-founders of Canal House

    Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer

    Christopher Hirsheimer (left) and Melissa Hamilton—the women behind Canal House—are home...
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  • Evan Kleiman, culinary multitasker, chef-restauranteur, cookbook author, radio host

    Evan Kleiman

    Evan Kleiman is a culinary multitasker. A chef-restauranteur and cookbook author for most of her adult...
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  • Kim O'Donnel, author of The Meat Lover’s Meatless Celebrations & EDDY Awards Judge

    Kim O'Donnel

    For the past 17 years, Kim O'Donnel has dispensed culinary advice and covered food policy at numerous...
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  • Julie Morris, natural food chef, author & EDDY Awards Judge

    Julie Morris

    Julie Morris is a Los Angeles-based natural food chef and author. She has worked in the natural food industry...
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  • Wendy Ruopp, managing editor of EatingWell

    Wendy Ruopp

    Wendy Ruopp has been the managing editor of EatingWell for most of her adult life. She's been around since "the...
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  • Maggie Hoffman, managing editor of Serious Eats & EDDY Awards judge

    Maggie Hoffman

    Maggie Hoffman is the Managing Editor of Serious Eats. While she has specialized since 2009 on beer, wine, and...
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  • Amanda Feifer, founder of, author of Ferment Your Vegetables & EDDY Awards judge

    Amanda Feifer

    Amanda Feifer writes about food fermentation of all kinds on her blog,, and is the author of the...
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  • The Pollan women, authors of The Pollan Family Table

    Corky, Lori, Dana and Tracy Pollan

    Corky, Lori, Dana and Tracy Pollan are authors of The Pollan Family Table.  Corky Pollan has had a...
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  • Sherri Brooks Vinton, best-selling author, public speaker and spokesperson

    Sherri Vinton

    Sherri's books, lectures, and workshops have taught countless eaters how to have a more delicious life. Her...
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  • Rebecca Lang

    Rebecca Lang is an author, cooking instructor, television personality, and a ninth-generation Southerner. Born...
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  • Layla Schack, senior editor of Fine Cooking

    Layla Schlack

    Layla Schlack is senior editor of Fine Cooking. She develops and edits recipes, covers spirits and cooking...
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  • Melissa L. Caldwell, professor of anthropology, editor of Gastronomica and author

    Melissa Caldwell

    Melissa L. Caldwell is a professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the editor...
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  • Jennifer Palcher-Silliman, Executive Director of the Association of Food Journalists

    Jennifer Palcher-Silliman

    Jennifer Palcher-Silliman is the executive director of the Association of Food Journalists. She recently moved...
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  • Autumn Giles

    Autumn Giles is a freelance writer and recipe developer whose work has appeared in Edible Baja Arizona, Modern...
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  • Silvana Nardone author and founder, Cooking for Isaiah, & EDDY Awards Judge

    Silvana Nardone

    Silvana Nardone is the bestselling author of Silvana’s Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Kitchen: Timeless Favorites...
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  • barry estabrook two time james beard award winning journalist

    Barry Estabrook

    A three-time James-Beard-Award-winning journalist, Estabrook is the author of Pig Tales: An Omnovore’s Quest...
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  • Warren Bobrow, author, cook, barman, spirits consultant

    Warren Bobrow

    Warren Bobrow is the creator of the popular blog and the author of Cannabis Cocktails,...
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  • Severine von Tscharner Fleming is a farmer, activist, and organizer

    Severine von Tscharner Fleming

    Severine von Tscharner Fleming is a farmer, activist, and organizer based in the Champlain Valley of New York....
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  • Lisa McManus, executive tasting and testing editor at Cook's Illustrated and Cook's Country magazines

    Lisa McManus

    Lisa McManus is an executive editor in charge of equipment testing and ingredient tasting at Cook’s...
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  • Tracie McMillan, author of the New York Times bestseller, The American Way of Eating

    Tracie McMillan

    A working-class transplant from rural Michigan, Brooklyn-based writer Tracie McMillan is the author of the...
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  • Emily Han, writer, recipe developer, and educator

    Emily Han

    Emily Han is a writer, recipe developer, and educator based in Los Angeles. She is the author of Wild...
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  • Virginia Willis is a chef, cookbook author, award-winning food writer, and blogger

    Virginia Willis

    A popular Southern food authority and writer, Virginia Willis is the author of five cookbooks, including:...
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  • Twilight Greenaway, managing editor of Civil Eats

    Twilight Greenaway

    Twilight Greenaway has been writing and editing for the web since 2000. Her work has appeared in the New York...
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  • Aran Goyoaga, author, food stylist, and photographer

    Aran Goyoaga

    Aran Goyoaga is an author, food stylist, and photographer based in Seattle. Her food blog, Cannelle et Vanille...
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  • Valentina Rice, founder of Many Kitchens

    Valentina Rice

    Valentina Rice is the founder of, a highly curated online marketplace for small batch...
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  • Martha Holmberg, communication and content director for the IACP & EDDYs Judge

    Martha Holmberg

    Martha Holmberg is the CEO of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP). An award-winning...
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  • Ann Taylor Pittman is the executive director of Cooking Light

    Ann Pittman

    Ann Taylor Pittman is the Executive Editor of Cooking Light magazine and a two-time James Beard Award...
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