Born and raised in Tokyo, land of the izakaya, Emi Macuaga learned to cook while searching for Japanese comfort food in the U.S.and finding it in her own kitchen. Her love affair with food is now international, which makes New York the perfect place to live (i.e. eat). Emi is a television writer/producer/editor by day; by night, she is currently helping her husband cook up a business plan for the kind of gourmet specialty food store where shed want to buy and taste one of everything.
Jee Won Park co-owns Appellation Wines and Spirits with her husband Scott Pactor. The wine shop features organic, biodynamic and artisanal wines. During the day, she is a producer for CBS News, The Early Show. Her main focus at the Early Show involves lifestyle segments: home entertaining, fashion trends, parenting, food, wine and home décor. She earned a James Beard Award for Best National Food Segment in 2002 for her Chef On A Shoestring segments which aired on CBS News, The Saturday Early Show. She graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism. She previously worked at MTVs The Real World, NBCs daytime program Real Life and the local ABC affiliate in El Paso, Texas. She came to Manhattan with very little knowledge about food or cooking. Her refrigerator then reflected her very-much single girl attitude: often bare of any real food, and instead storing Chinese leftovers and cheese slices (for making grilled cheese). Now, you cant find any space in her crowded fridge. She and her husband currently live in Manhattan.