Texas 2019

Amy Sins

Chef & restaurateur

Amy Sins is the owner and chef of Langlois, an interactive restaurant and cooking school. She is also an award-winning cookbook author and hosts the weekly radio program New Orleans by Mouth.

Averie Swanson


Averie Swanson is a master cicerone and gypsy brewer specializing in mixed culture and spontaneous fermentation.

Bob Lesnikoski

farmer, fisherman & forager

Bob Lesnikoski is a cranberry grower and juice producer, commercial squid and scallop fisherman, and mushroom forager. He also serves on the board of Vermont Workinglands Enterprise Initiative.

Caitlin Riley


Caitlin Riley produces video and photo content about food, health, and cannabis. She recently relocated to Denver, Colorado.

Catt Fields White

good food advocate

In 2008 Catt Fields White opened San Diego’s largest market, the Little Italy Mercato. She now manages three regional farmers markets and teaches business skills to farmers and food makers.

Christine Liu

food writer & editor

Formerly the digital executive editor at America’s Test Kitchen, Christine Liu recently made a career move to Harvard Business Publishing.

Clare Langan


Clare Langan an award-winning TV culinary producer and chef specializing in recipe development, styling and product integration for digital and print.

Dafna Kory

jambot & founder of INNA Jam

Dafna Kory makes single-variety fruit jams, pickles and shrubs as founder of INNA Jam.

Elianna Friedman

chef & founder of Bay Leaf Kitchen

Elianna Friedman is the Associate Director for The Advot Project, a nonprofit that empowers youth from disadvantaged backgrounds through theater arts.

Gab Carbone

Ice cream maker & founder of The Bent Spoon

Gab Carbone is co-owner of The Bent Spoon, an artisan ice cream shop in Princeton, NJ. Gab and her team have created more than 550 ice cream flavors.

Kathryn Tomajan

olive oil maker | founder & director of Eat Retreat

Kathryn Tomajan farms three acres of olives in Sunol, California. She is a certified olive oil taster and the maker of Fat Gold.

Katina Talley

baker & founder of Sweet Magnolia

Katina Talley left behind her career as a food scientist developing consumer packaged products to open her own bakery, Sweet Magnolia.

Kiel Lopez-Schmidt

architect & founder of Tower Urban Family Farm

After managing the start-up and growth of Food Commons Fresno, Kiel Lopez-Schmidt joined the Northern California Community Loan Fund, which creates opportunities for socially responsible investments.

Krissy Scommegna


After earning a Master’s degree in agriculture and food policy at Tufts University, Krissy Scommegna will soon head west to put her skills to work on her family’s California farm.

Laura Brunow Miner

designer | co-founder of Eat Retreat

Laura Brunow Miner specializes in brand design and creative direction. She is currently working on an interactive art installation with the SFMOMA.

Lesley Stockton

writer, recipe developer & food stylist

Lesley Stockton is a recipe developer and food stylist. She is the kitchen manager and staff writer at The Wirecutter.

Lisa Pollack


Lisa Pollack is a food marketing specialist who educates chefs and restaurateurs on the virtues of California extra virgin olive oil.

Liz Martin

community builder

Liz Martin is the vice president of Wild Goose Creative, a creative community at the intersection of art, risk and meaning.

Muffie Fulton

Chef & scientist

Muffie Fulton is a scientist, chef and the founder of Bold Food. She teaches classes on the science of cooking and features modernist cuisine in her pop-up dinners.

Olivia Marshall

co-founder of West Coast Mud

After spending over five years in tech, Olivia Marshall is stepping back into food as a freelance project and events manager in the food-tech space.

Rebekka Hutton

pickle maker

Rebekka Hutton is an entrepreneur making fermented food and drinks with local and organic produce. She is the founder and owner of Alchemy Pickle Company.

Rick Nahmias

photographer & founder of Food Forward

Rick Nahmias fights urban hunger as the founder of Food Forward, a non-profit that has rescued 60 million pounds of fresh produce that would otherwise go to waste.

Susan Reid

baker, editor & educator

Susan Reid is a baker, teacher and the editor of King Arthur Flour’s Sift Magazine. She also chronicles her baking experiments and recipes online at The Well Plated Life.

Tammy Tan

spice purveyor & owner of Spice Hound

Tammy Tan is the founder of the global spice company Spicehound. She also hosts the podcast Lettuce Wrap.

Vincent Ricchiuti

olive & almond farmer

Vincent Ricchiuti is a fourth-generation farmer. His family produces stone fruit, almonds and extra virgin olive oil in California’s San Joaquin Valley.

Will Turnage


Will Turnage uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to build technology applications for food and cooking.