Title: Restaurant Editor
Started at Food & Wine: 1992 (interrupted by a brief detour at a dot.com)
Born and Raised: New York City
Education: Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio; La Varenne cooking school, Villecien, France.
Cooking Experience: I don't like to talk about it, but I worked garde-manger and pastry at the now-defunct La Metairie in Manhattan for six months. It was kind of a disaster.
What I Do at Food & Wine: I'm Restaurant Editor. My job includes finding new chef talent and spotting trends in the food and restaurant world.
Job Benefit/Hazard #1: I eat out a minimum of five nights a week.
Job Benefit/Hazard #2: I always have to pick the restaurant. And make the reservations.
Current Obsession: Tweeting/name dropping every conceivable celebrity with a food connection I can find.
Pet Peeve: I'm very picky about brownies; I think I make the best ones.
Chef Hero: Old-school La Varenne cooking instructor Fernand Chambrette.
Favorite Pastime: Casting a hypothetical HBO series about the chef world with an all-star cast. The only person who would get to play himself is Anthony Bourdain.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.