Gerry Furth-SidesContent Editor/Columnist
Photojournalist, Gerry Furth Side's media experience ranges from Newsweekeditorial/TV to writer/editor of the Southern California section of Frommer Guidebooks and a decades- long stint doing west coast TV tours representing the California Growers Association. Her book writing credits include The Los Angeles (Walking) Food Guide; Tommy Tang's Asian cookbook. Gerry produced two dinners with LA chefs for the James Beard Foundation in New York. She was editor of the American Institute of Food & Wine; The Southern California Culinary Guild; Women's Culinary Alliance newspapers. She wrote the Cecil Pennyfeather columnist for the Beverly Hills Courier in conjunction with hosting the chef segment of the TV Show, East-West Therapies. She is completing the book-directory on LA ethnic food: A Long Way to Go for Dinner.
Barbara HansenEthnic Food Writer
A native Los Angenelo, Barbara Hansen writes about ethnic food for the blog, www.tableconversation.com" , as well as the LA Times Daily Dish and The Cook's Cook. A staff member of the Los Angeles Times for many years, she was also a regular contributor to the LA Weekly and Saveur Magazine. Barbara is a James Beard Award winner in the wine and spirits category for an article on mezcal in Oaxaca. She has written four cookbooks: Mexican Cookery; Southeast Asian Cooking: Menus and Recipes From Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines; Cooking California Style; Good Bread, and a revised edition of the Southeast Asian cookbook with new format and new recipes. By request, she wrote Guidebook to Korean restaurantsin Los Angeles. Barbara is an avid world traveler and considered an authority on Indian and Mexican food.
Chef-owner Alain CohenKosher Food Writer
Chef-owner Alain Cohen’s mission is to expand awareness of how delicious kosher food can be. He creates food from international cuisines "that happen to be kosher."
Alain menus in his Sephardic inspired Got Kosher? Cafe, bakery, commissary and catering company are spiced with North African ingredients. Specialties include his award-winning (LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE top 100 food items of 2012) thin-crust pretzel challahs and rolls, and authentic merguez sausage, the classic Tunisian sandwich offered in three versions, couscous and grilled menus. The Tunisian- born chef starting working in his family’s landmark Parisian restaurant, Les Ailes, (The Wings) and learned the power of creating artisanal sandwiches with Nancy Silverton at LaBrea Bakery, where he was manager.
Roberta DeenColumnist (Ethnic Food & Products- Las Vegas)
Roberta Deen was chef-owner of Capers Catering company for 25 years. She was the opening chef for the Along Came Mary, Inc. Catering company, where her made-from-scratch, gourmet ethnic food helped put the company on the map. Chef Roberta gained recognition as a recipe tester for Bon Appetit Magazine in Los Angeles and catered the publication’s staff holiday parties. She has lived in Europe, Asia and the southwest.
Carla CrudupColumnist (Ethnic Food & Products - San Diego)
Carla Crudup is an Award-Winning Food Columnist, Chef and Culinary Instructor in Los Angeles, California. Bilingual and world traveled, Carla has been featured in numerous media outlets and publications worldwide.
Carla has been recognized for her work as a Multicultural Recipe Developer, Brand Ambassador, Product Spokesperson and Culinary Instructor for companies like Williams-Sonoma, Dreamfields Pasta, Lender’s Bagels, Wild Oats (owned by Whole Foods), STAR Fine Foods and Macy’s. She has taught hundreds of cooking classes and hosted numerous events on behalf of her clients, and also taught Cookbook Courses for many celebrity chefs, including Tyler Florence, Ina Garten, Bobby Flay.
Carla also oversaw the Williams-Sonoma Junior Chef Program and developed and taught the first Healthy Cooking Culinary Program at Williams-Sonoma.
Adam RubensteinColumnist (Ethnic Food &Hospitality)
Adam Rubenstein, the high-energy founder and content creator for: www.vivalafoodies.com has built a “Food &Lifestyle Brand” from the ground up. Based in Los Angeles, his food and lifestyle blog website has become one of the city's most popular and influential driving forces. Adam's culinary prowess and his gift for painting a picture of our cities great and vastly diverse can be found in “Culinary Cultures.” He easily shares chef duties and is not afraid to bake a cake, roll some sushi, stir-fry in a wok or get down and dirty on the grill. "The food and beverage lifestyle is what fuels me and the next meal keeps me going," in his words.
Chef Rubina KhanColumnist (Pakistani Food )
Chef Rubina Khan’s culinary career began in her hometown of Khan Chitral North Pakistan, when she was 11, helping her father work a roadside food stall. It "inspired her to feed people for the rest of her life."
Rubina became the first woman chef in her country, working at the Marriott International Hotel internship in Islamabad. She was a scholarship student in the field of Hospitality Management at the College of Tourism and Hotel Management in Lahore, considered the hub of Indian hospitality, food and culture.
Rubina's Fullbright-funded Hotel and Tourism Management studies in Seattle, Washington followed. She graduated on the President’s Honor list. Rubina's work with the Marriott Hotel Islamabad as a Chef de Partie next allowed her to train and mentor several women in the kitchen.
Rubina moved to Memphis where she was Executive chef of a Mediterranean restaurant. Most recently, as Executive Chef at Surfas Culinary District in Los Angeles, Chef Khan shared new recipes in cooking classes, as well as handling private and event catered dinners.
Novelist Adréana Robbins is the daughter of legendary best-selling author, Harold Robbins. She was born in France and grew up in Beverly Hills.
Jose MartinezFood & Cocktail Columnist
Jose Martinez is the founder and editor of LAdineNclub.com and an award-winning author and seasoned journalist who covers food and cocktails