Andrea Goto lives and writes in Savannah, Georgia. Her kitchen experiments (known as “cooking” in more conventional homes) most often end with a mushroom cloud of smoke or a call to Poison Control. In spite of this, she’s deeply loved by her husband who prefers neon-colored cereals to all foods homemade, and her 3-year-old daughter who will eat almost anything, as long as you call it “chicken". For more info on Andrea please visit her blog at www.andreagoto.com.
Anthony Patrick Lunsmann is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is quick to remind any Duke fans that God is in fact a Tarheel since he made the sky Carolina Blue. Anthony is currently interviewing prospective employers and girlfriends.
Bakerella focuses on fun and easy baking. The site is a place to explore recipes, desserts, and decorating. You’ll find ideas for cupcake pops (a Bakerella creation), cakes, pies, cupcakes, cookies, brownies and more. You may even find yourself smiling from all the sweetness. Visit her at www.bakerella.com
Becky Prescott is known on any production set because of her fiery red hair and disposition. She has worked on the production side of numerous commercials and television programs, such as Paula’s Home Cooking and Paula’s Best Dishes, as well as set designing and photo styling for national editorial and advertising print media. Becky, along with her husband, Jamie, began Pink Squirrel Productions, through which they have produced short films, corporate videos, and web videos for sites such as pauladeen.com.
Bobby Deen is the younger son of celebrity chef Paula Deen. Like older brother Jamie, the Savannah resident has helped shape the Deen media empire with a series of highly successful commercial collaborations, ranging from three best selling cookbooks to the series Road Tasted on the Food Network and the award winning Lady and Sons Restaurant in Savannah. On a personal side, he was also named one of People Magazine’s Most Eligible bachelors in 2007.
Brandon Branch is a playful Southern gentleman. His style is equal parts Yankee chic and Southern elegance all muddled together in a monogrammed mint julep cup. An invitation to one of his Savannah dinner parties is the equivalent to getting the golden ticket from Willy Wonka. Brandon holds the position of Design Director for Paula Deen Enterprises and serves as Paula Deen's Personal Assistant. Look for his newest book, co-authored by Paula Deen, Savannah Style available Spring of 2010.
Brenda Anderson is lucky enough to be married to a grocery store owner and a Butcher by trade. Forced into learning how to cook (because a grocer doesn’t believe in going out to eat) she discovered how creative cooking can be and how much it pleased her family and friends. Brenda loves the four seasons (and The Ritz) and the bounty that each brings to her table.
Brianna Beaudry lives in Venice Beach, California, with her husband, Alex, and their pug, Butter. She has worked as the culinary producer on the Food Network hit shows Paula’s Party, Paula’s Home Cooking, Paula’s Best Dishes, and Down Home With the Neelys. Yankee by birth, Californian by circumstance, but Southern at heart, what Brianna loves most is cooking delicious food and making it look pretty.
Cheryl Day is the “Queen of Sweetness” and co-owns Back in the Day Bakery with her husband Griff in Savannah, Ga. She is a self-taught baker who loves to carry on the tradition of baking from scratch that she learned from her grandmother. This former Soul Train dancer has been known to bust a move right in the middle of her kitchen floor while baking cupcakes. She also makes the best chocolate chip cookies you have ever tasted. Visit Cheryl at Back in the Day Bakery.
Chia Chong work has appeared in numerous publications including Cosmopolitan, Elle Decor, and Vogue. Since earning her BFA degree in photography from Savannah College of Art and Design, she has traveled worldwide on photography assignments. A native of Penang, Malaysia, she now lives with her husband and daughter in Savannah, Georgia. See more of her work at chiachong.com
Courtney Fix is a celebrity Makeup Artist. She has been Paula's personal Makeup Artist for the past 5 years and throughly enjoys traveling across the country and back from job to job to keep Paula looking as gorgeous as her food. She resides in NY, NY with her husband and loves to get in the kitchen to recreate every spectacular recipe she encounters on the road.
Damon Lee Fowler is a culinary historian and author of six cookbooks, including Classical Southern Cooking, Damon Lee Fowler’s New Southern Baking, and The Savannah Cookbook. His work has also appeared in Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, and Relish. Damon lives and eats in Savannah, Georgia.
David Bird teaches humanities at several colleges in Savannah. When not in the classroom, you will most likely find him doing projects for his creative wife Julie, trying to answer increasingly complicated questions on biology, religion or the meaning of life from his six-year-old son Liam or just snuggling and watching The Office with his dog Jack.
David Guas exchanged his longtime corporate role for an entrepreneurial path that includes private consultation, boutique catering and a new retail coffeehouse and southern bakery. Damgoodsweet Consulting Group is the irreverent name he has given his company. Bon Appétit called David one of the country's eight "Dessert Stars." DamGoodSweet - Desserts to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth New Orleans Style is his first cookbook. Learn more about David at damgoodsweet.com.
Debby Maugans is the author of Small-Batch Baking. Her next book in the series is Small-Batch Chocolate Baking, available in early 2011. Debby writes a weekly food column for The Birmingham News, produces advertorials for Cooking Light, Real Simple, and Health magazines and works as a food and prop stylist. Along with a good friend, Debby writes a food blog combining funny haiku and delicious recipes to suit your mood. Visit Debby at smallbatchbaking.com.
Donna Kelly Presently, the balance of motherhood, a career in education and “me time” affords Donna the opportunity to understand how important healthy eating habits & good nutrition are especially for growing children. Known as a natural funny gal, Donna resides with her husband and their two beautiful children in a coastal town in New England.
Erin Adams is a freelance photographer with a passion for food. She is happy to call the Lowcountry home which provides great meals, beaches, and the nostalgic scent of salt marshes. To take a fresh look at some of the South's most cherished dishes visit erinadamsphoto.com.
Helene Dujardin is a former pastry chef with a Masters in History. Helene moved from France to the US in 1998 with a suitcase and the family's old film camera. Photography resurfaced years later, when she quit her restaurant position and started her award winning blog Tartelette. Her photography is a blend of her passion for seasonal fresh ingredients as well as her love of travel and interest in people. Helene lives, cooks and photographs in Charleston, South Carolina.
Jamie Deen is the older son of Food Network host Paula Deen. Along with his brother Bobby, he has carved out a career that has included a successful restaurant (the award winning Lady and Sons), a Food Network TV show (Road Tasted) and a series of best selling cookbooks to both commercial and critical acclaim.
Jamie Prescott brings twelve years of industry experience to the Paula Deen team. He has worked on the Emmy Award Winning Paula’s Home Cooking and Paula’s Best Dishes since 2002 and continues to work on various other Food Network shows. Jamie has acted as Director of Photography on feature films, commercials, shorts and documentaries. He recently launched Pink Squirrel Productions with his beautiful wife Becky.
Jim Johnston is a Savannah resident and avid cook. Jim collects as many family recipes as possible so they won't get lost. Most of them get served to his better half, Paula's own design director Brandon Branch, which explains why Brandon has to run 5 miles a day.
John Besh is a James Beard Award winning chef who recently grew the size of his New Orleans restaurant family by opening Domenica and The American Sector which join August (twice on Gourmet Magazine’s list of Best Restaurants), Besh Steak, La Provence, and Lüke. This year Besh became a first time published author, celebrating his life growing up in Louisiana with My New Orleans: The Cookbook. Visit Chef John Besh and his restaurants at chefjohnbesh.com.
Johnnie Gabriel has been baking since she was a girl and making cakes professionally for 20 years. In 1996 she opened her first restaurant, Gabriel's Desserts, in Marietta, GA. Johnnie is not only known as the cake lady, she is the Southern vegetable darling of Marietta, winning four Best of Atlanta awards. Johnnie lives in Marietta with her husband Ed and numerous friends. Visit her at gabrielsdesserts.com.
Jonathan Able is a Savannah transplant and received a BFA in Theatre from Valdosta State Unversity where he spent many hours memorizing scripts and working on his Meisner technique. As a newly found young adult, he looks forward to getting the hang of things like bills and taxes. His favorite color is green and he's never met a carb he didn't like.
Juliann Mathews is the owner/operator of Modern-Day June Homemaking Services in Wichita, KS, as well as the "Whoopie Pie Queen of Wichita". She is a wife and mother, as well as the “zookeeper” for two gorgeous Shetland Sheepdogs, one lethargic tabby cat, and one “special” little bald-headed cockatiel with a passion for opera. She is most happy when sharing good food,great music, and lively conversation with her friends and family. She thanks Linda Gregory Photography for her help with her articles.
Kate Woods is a freelance illustrator who lives and works in Savannah, GA. She has done work for numerous businesses and organizations in and around Savannah, including the YMCA and the Tybee Island Historical Society. She holds a B.A. in Illustration from Savannah College of Art and Design, and spends most of her days caring for her two girls, Molly and Clara.
Katie Goodman believes that part of the goodness in life is sharing good food with friends and family. She’s a SAHM determined to make family meal time a priority while providing a variety of healthy and delicious food choices. Katie also blogs at goodlifeeats.com, where she shares what she finds good in the kitchen and in life.
Katie Lee began cooking at the age of four in her grandmother’s kitchen. Her broad culinary experience ranges from regular appearances as a Correspondent for The Early Show to the Judges panel on Iron Chef America. Her second book, The Comfort Table: Recipes for Everyday Occasions will feature menus for various celebrations at home offering full menus, and simple suggestions for décor and ipod playlists to complement the theme of the meal. Visit Katie Lee at www.katieleehome.com.
Kendra Adachi simply loves food and anything related to it. She and her husband live in North Carolina with their brand new baby boy, taking every opportunity to feed friends and family. Kendra is a cooking instructor, food consultant, and food blogger at www.myfirstkitchen.net.
Liesa Cole founder of Omni studio in Birmingham, Alabama, excels in both the commercial and Fine Art photography worlds. She has won numerous Regional and National awards for both personal and commercial projects. Liesa is mother of two, partner to one and second to none when it comes to pursuing her passions. See more of Liesa's inspiring work at omnistudio.net.
Lynn Rahn is a native Savannahian, but not necessarily your typical "southern belle"! She divides her time as an interior designer and prop stylist. Lynn is also the general manager of Habersham Antiques Market. A market of 70 plus booths brimming with fun, funky and vintage treasures...a prop stylist's dream!
Lynne Calamia , a former dancer, left the Broadway stage to pursue her passion for food. After graduating from FCI and cooking on the line at NYC's Jean-Georges, she dove into styling for various shows on The Food Network. She is known for standing in first position while cooking.
Marge Von Lehmden works as a sales representative but her passion is cooking! She is a Kappa that hails from East Texas but has fallen in love with a slower life in Savannah where she resides with her college sweetheart husband and well fed baby boy.
Marilyn Pollack Naron is the compulsive toast-nibbler behind her blog Simmer Till Done, where every bite tells a story. A former pastry chef enjoying the sweet life in historic Lawrence, Kansas, Marilyn sneaks in food writing when the dog doesn’t need walking. She catered her first party in 1978, a co-ed backyard bash featuring snickerdoodles and Fresca.
Martha Foose is the author of SCREEN DOORS AND SWEET TEA: Recipes and Tales from a Southern Cook (Clarkson Potter), winner of the 2009 James Beard Award for American Cooking and was recently named the Best Cookbook of 2009 by SIBA, the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. She lives in the Mississippi Delta with her husband and son. For more on Martha visit marthafoose.com.
Martha Nesbit has been a Savannah food writer for 35 years. She collaborated with Paula Deen on Paula Deen and Friends, Paula Deen Celebrates, My First Cookbook, and Paula Deen’s Cookbook for the Lunchbox Set. When not writing about food, she works with students and teachers as director of instruction at Oglethorpe Charter School.
Martha Tinkler is a cook-turned-writer who lives in Memphis with her thoughts. When she is not baking bread from scratch or cooking whole hogs, Ms. Tinkler enjoys using puns, alliteration, and the serial (Oxford) comma in everyday writing and conversation. Shockingly, she is single. Indulge Martha at marthatinkler.com.
Matt Lee and Ted Lee grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, and in 1994 founded The Lee Bros. Boiled Peanuts Catalogue, a mail-order source for southern pantry staples. Their first cookbook, The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook, received the James Beard Award for Cookbook of the Year in 2007. They are contributing editors for Travel + Leisure and the wine columnists for Martha Stewart Living. Log on to simplefreshsouthern.com for technique videos, bonus recipes, and a schedule of where you can catch the Lee Bros.
Matthew Little was born and raised in New York City where he continues to work and live. Mr. Little is a graduate of Princeton University and works in the financial services industry. He has no formal culinary training aside from his mother.
Maureen Luchejko is a food stylist and recipe developer living in the beautiful artist community of Woodstock, NY. She has worked as a stylist on Paula’s Best Dishes, Paula’s Home Cooking, Semi-Homemade, Food 911 and various other Food Network shows. Her work has appeared on Food Network’s website, and her recipes have been published in numerous cookbooks and consumer magazines.
Mitch Pennell Mitch's career spans over 20 years including the honor of teaching art and design overseas, being on the 2001 Academy Award floral design team, home furnishing product design and development and you might recognize him from a major network TV stint. When asked what is the key to his success, Mitch is quick to answer, “Do what you love, be consistent, be persistent and success will follow.” Read more about Mitch at www.chicagolostandfound.com
Patricia Jinich was born and raised in Mexico City. Pati is a cooking instructor, food writer and official Chef of the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington D.C. Previously a political analyst and obsessively thinking about food rather than politics, she left her job to pursue her overarching passion: Mexican cuisine. She dedicates her time (except when she is with her three boys, sometimes not cooking) to research, cook, teach and write about it. Visit Patricia at patismexicantable.com.
Paula Jones is a food writer and recipe developer specializing in Italian cuisine. Paula believes that beautiful food doesn’t have to be complicated. Bellalimento.com is her culinary outlet where she showcases her delicious recipes and mouth-watering food photography. Buon Appetito!
Ray Goto is a cartoonist, illustrator and a professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design. When he isn’t explaining to his wife the difference between “Star Wars” and “Star Trek,” he’s teaching their three-year-old daughter how to throw a curve ball. Visit Ray and his art at the-art-of-rgoto.blogspot.com.
Robbie Patrick Dickherber , along with her charming husband, hails from Marietta, GA. Mix a pinch of OCD with one part designer, one part dig-in-and-doer, and one part cheerleader for all the gifted people around her, especially her talented family, and life is always interesting!
Sarah Meighen , a stylish Kentucky native, rode a wave into Savannah nearly 5 years ago wearing only a bikini and pair of Christian Louboutins. The surf and city that drew her here hasn't loosened it's pull since. Sarah is a scheduler extraordinaire for Paula Deen and serves as the executive assistant to the Deen Brothers. When she is not booking flights, confirming appointments, and putting out fires around the office, Sarah loves being a beach bum and baking bread at the Tybee Island home she shares with her rescued Persian cat, Elliott.
Stefani Pollack is the author of the popular cupcake blog, Cupcake Project. While she loves simple chocolate cupcakes, Stefani prefers creative cupcakes inspired by her favorite flavor combinations. She encourages her readers to branch out and experiment in the kitchen. Why cupcakes? They bring out the kid in us! Visit Stefani at cupcakeproject.com
Sydney Prescott Kiefner is the owner of Simply Soups a boutique home based catering business in Charlotte, North Carolina. When she isn't shopping for a new pair of Christian Louboutins, she is playing competitive tennis or feeding her foodie family.
Ted Dennard turned his life-long passion for beekeeping into a full-time business in 2002. Now, Ted tends bees to stay close to nature but contracts with beekeepers around the world for his award-winning gourmet single varietal honeys. His company, The Savannah Bee Company, also produces natural, luxurious body care.Visit Ted at savannahbee.com.
Virginia Willis is a French-trained chef, television producer, food stylist, cooking teacher and food writer. Formerly Martha Stewart Living's kitchen manager. She is the author of the wildly popular, Bon Appetit Y'all, and is currently working on her second book. She makes her home in Atlanta, Georgia. Visit her at virginiawillis.com.
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