Samantha Seneviratne

New York-based food writer Samantha Seneviratne is a James Beard Award-nominated cookbook author, recipe developer, and food stylist. A popular on-camera personality, Samantha hosts web series on Food52, Bon Appetit, and Food Network and has appeared as a judge on cooking competition shows Chopped: Sweets, Beat Bobby Flay, and Girl Scout Cooking Championship. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, The Kitchn, Real Simple, and others.


Samantha Seneviratne knew she wanted to be a baker since she was a young child sitting in a tub narrating the process of making desserts with bath bubbles, just the way she had seen it done on television. After graduating from culinary school she went to work in magazine publishing as a food editor and stylist at Good Housekeeping, Fine Cooking, and Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food.

With several years as a recipe developer under her belt, Samantha struck out on her own to concentrate on writing and blogging about her passion for baking, especially leaning into her Sri Lankan roots to create recipes with bold flavors. Her popular dessert blog Love, Cake — a nod to a family favorite confection — was nominated for a 2015 Saveur Food Blog Award, and her first cookbook, The New Sugar & Spice, was nominated for a 2016 James Beard Award. Samantha’s third title The Joys of Baking landed on The New York Times’ list of the best cookbooks of 2019.

In addition to judging cooking competition shows, Samantha has appeared on The Kitchen and Martha Bakes as well as hosted Everyday Cooking on the Magnolia Network.


Samantha Seneviratne graduated from Oberlin College and the International Culinary Center.

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