Culinary

Michael Pirolo Executive Chef/Owner of Macchialina, the Saint Austere, and Pirolo’s Panino

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Born in Queens, New York, but raised in Avellino, Italy, Chef Michael Pirolo comes from a fiercely passionate food family. So much, in fact, that at the age of 21 he enrolled in culinary school in Torino,

Barry Dry: Proprietor, Hole in The Wall Cafe, Sugar Momma & NEO Café

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Barry Dry was born in Perth, Australia and studied Business Management and Economics at Notre Dame University in Australia. During his academic tenure, he ran a restaurant, working his way up from dishwasher, to General Manager. After graduating, he moved to New York City in 2011 to pursue a career in finance.

Derin Alemli: Founder, Square Roots Kitchen

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Derin Alemi graduated from University of Chicago Booth School of Business and entered the asset management realm. After finding success in hedge funds, Derin chose to start his own business, Down Beats. Down Beats was, and continues to be, a great success for Derin

Stacy Adimando: Executive Editor, Saveur

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Stacy Adimando is a food and travel journalist, cookbook author, recipe developer, and the Executive Editor at Saveur magazine. Stacy is the former Test Kitchen Director at Saveur, Food Editor at Every Day with Rachael Ray, and recipes editor at Food Network. She has written for a variety of food, travel and lifestyle publications including NPR, Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Vogue, Forbes,

Megan Garrelts: Proprietor & Executive Pastry Chef, Bluestem & Rye Restaurants

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A James Beard semifinalist for “Outstanding Pastry Chef” with recipes published in numerous national publications including Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, The Wall Street Journal, and Saveur, Megan Garrelts co-owns and operates Bluestem in Kansas City, MO a three-time semi-finalist for the James Beard Foundation’s “Outstanding Restaurant”

Maria Emmerich: Wellness Expert & International Best Selling author

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Maria Emmerich is a wellness expert in nutrition and exercise physiology. She shares a passion for helping others reach their goals of optimal health. She struggled with her weight throughout childhood and decided enough was enough. She decided to study health and wellness so she could help others stop wasting their time being discouraged with their outward appearance and not feeling their best