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Our Expert Team
Jen is a former Fortune 500 product manager and now even busier work at home mom of four. She has a keen eye for what makes a product tick from her more than 20 years of industry experience. She has a battery of tests she uses to test products against one another. In her little free time she loves yoga, hiking and travelling (she has been to 85 countries so far). She is also an aspiring cook who recently graduated from Le Cordon Bleu Paris, and specializes in contemporary cuisine and breadmaking.
Two Time Olympian / Sports Expert
Nick is a two-time Olympic field hockey player, having competed at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Games. During an international career spanning almost a decade, he amassed close to 200 England and Great Britain caps, winning medals in the European Championships and Commonwealth Games. His career highlights include playing in front of a home crowd of 15,000 during his home Olympics, and partisan spectators in excess of 16,000 in Delhi, India, during both the World Cup and Commonwealth Games in 2010.
He has a passion for all sport, but in particular field hockey, soccer, rugby, tennis and cricket. As an elite athlete, he has deep knowledge of training methods and nutrition. He currently lives in the Netherlands as a professional field hockey player at HC Rotterdam.
Sports Scientist / Personal Trainer
Jacky has a degree in Sports Science and has worked with clients around the world as a personal trainer. He has been fortunate enough to work with a wide range of people from very different ends of the fitness spectrum. Through promoting positive health changes with diet and exercise, he has helped patients recover from aging-related and other otherwise debilitating diseases. Since early 2001, he has researched and written scientifically-backed exercise tips and training plans. He is a strong believer in evidence-based content - content that is backed up by scientific research rather than subjective opinion, sweeping generalizations and lots of hype.
Pamela Fernandes, MD
Doctor / Medical Writer
Pamela is an author, doctor, and medical writer. With a decade-long career in medicine and medical writing, she took the plunge writing romance, science fiction, and Christian nonfiction. She has published 6 books and continues to write. For her Christian listeners, she also hosts the Christian Circle podcast, discussing the struggles of Christian life. When she's not seeing patients or writing, Pamela loves to travel, bake brownies and learn the piano. Born and raised in Kuwait, Pamela comes from the former Portuguese province of Goa. After finishing her education in Kuwait, she transferred to the Philippines where she graduated with her medical degree from Angeles University. Pamela believes firmly in preventative medicine and has championed rural health.
Petrouchka Steiner Grierson
Outdoor Instructor / Mountain Guide
Petrouchka holds qualifications in rock climbing instructing, wilderness first aid, ski instructing, and avalanche management. For the last five years Petrouchka has worked as an outdoor instructor / guide in everything from rock climbing to sea kayaking, mountain biking, backcountry skiing and even tree climbing. Petrouchka grew up tramping (kiwi for ‘hiking’) and skiing in the North Island, and was introduced to climbing by her family at a young age. She has worked as an outdoor educator in New Zealand, Canada and Australia, and as a ski patroller in Canada. Petrouchka has done four month-long stints in Yosemite, climbing six big walls in the process. Although the Yosemite granite keeps her coming back, Petrouchka has a particular soft spot for sandstone; she is often daydreaming about Indian Creek, UT, or LiMing, Yunnan. She has also completed several classic ski traverses in the Rockies (loves the ice climbing and ski mountaineering) and can’t wait to return for more ski objectives as well as alpine climbing.
Rachel Boone RN, BSN currently works as a Clinical Nurse Manager. Her nursing background is varied, including caring for those just beginning their lives as well as those at the end of their lives. Her work history includes Labor and Delivery, Oncology, Hospice, Home Health, and Medical Surgical nursing. Her passion for healthcare is driven by her mother’s diagnosis of Lyme Disease, requiring IV antibiotics and a home health nurse when Rachel was 12 years old. The kind and patient home health nurse, Sunny, introduced Rachel and her father to the medical world in which her mother had been thrust. She still uses Sunny’s stethoscope, a gift, in the patients she treats to this day.
Dog Trainer / Pets Expert
Kayla Fratt is an animal behavior consultant. She holds a degree in Organismal Biology & Ecology from Colorado College and is a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Kayla’s life revolves around helping others understand the behavior of people and animals. She grew up training homing pigeons and showing animals in the county fair. In college, Kayla started to train animals professionally. She’s worked with species as diverse as hippos, siamang gibbons, beavers, chickens, and cats. Her interest in animals led her to pursue research opportunities in parrot cognitive and language capacities and stress-related behaviors in zoo housed gorillas. She’s studied tarantula defense behavior in the Amazon and held the tiniest owl in the world while studying ornithology in Arizona. After college, Kayla spent two years working at the nation’s fourth largest animal shelter as an animal behavior consultant. She spent her weekends competing in agility, nosework, and herding with her border collie.
Chef Bradley Labarre is a certified executive chef who lives in southern New Hampshire. With a professional career span of over 30 years in the food service industry, he has worked his way up the ladder working for some of the most influential chefs on the east coast. He spent almost twenty years honing his craft in the southeastern united states where he graduated from culinary school, began a passionate stint in culinary competitions and earned the prestigious executive chef certification through the American Culinary Federation. He currently works as a chef for a private school in the states capitol. The type of food that is his specialty is classic preservation techniques, local/ seasonal ingredients as well as anything “low and slow” to include smoking, braising or sous vide cooking! In his spare time, he does “recon” by eating at as many restaurants as possible as there is always a need to fill the “idea box”, as he likes to put it.
Winnie is a yoga instructor. In 2012, she completed her first yoga training in Ashtanga yoga with the Jois Foundation under the tutelage of Sharon Moon. The following year, 2013, she undertook the 200 hours Yoga Alliance Training. In June the same year, she advanced her practice and teaching with a Level 2 Baptiste Yoga Training with Baron Baptiste. She has completed workshops in kids’ yoga, trauma sensitive yoga, yin yoga, hatha yoga, and chair yoga among others. She leads her classes with a calm yet powerful grounded demeanor while inviting her students to remain present in every breathe and asana.
Her yoga mat is the haven she goes to remind herself to be present, to hear herself breath, and to feel her body move. Aside from yoga, Winnie also weight trains thrice a week with the goal of challenging herself and growing her mental, emotional and physical strength. She enjoys creating her own routines and holding on through the last rep of the last set.
Michael John Blancaflor
Chef / Barista / Photographer
Michael is a food expert chef, chef consultant and barista based in Davao City, Philippines. He graduated from the most prestigious culinary school in Davao city and quickly became a home base chef. He continued to serve as head chef for a number of prestigious restaurants in the city, and is now a highly sought after chef consultant.
Michael started his food curiosity at the age of ten, where he experimented with more than hundred ways to cook eggs and became highly intrigued with flavors and how to develop them. He specializes in Asian and Mediterranean cuisine. He loves to make baked foods, pasta and steak (especially salmon steak!). His favorite foods include sushi, ramen, yakiniku and lasagna.
Food / Pets Expert
Matt Pineda worked in a number of high-end restaurants as a server and chef de partie, and learned the exclusive intricacies of both authentic italian and American barbecue cuisines. While smoked meats, pasta dishes, and other dinner entrees are his specialty, Matt also enjoys creating decadent desserts when he has the time to bake. When he is not writing or cooking, Matt enjoys spending time outdoors and taking care of his many pets. His interest in marine life is what inspired him to maintain his very own planted aquariums, caring for freshwater fish of all kinds. He has recently taken up breeding fancy guppies, betta splendens and cherry shrimp.
Pastry Chef / Garden Expert
Elizabeth Jones is a pastry chef from South Wales with experience in professional kitchens and artisan bakeries throughout the United Kingdom. Elizabeth can usually be found either in the kitchen or in her garden where she grows organic fruit and vegetables. Elizabeth’s garden is also home to many different species of bird, which she feeds on a daily basis, frogs, chickens and three hedgehogs. Elizabeth is a passionate wildlife gardener and compulsive bird watcher. Aside from Italian food, Elizabeth’s favourite bake is a classic cherry cake.
Food / Kitchen Expert
Erica Penner is a gastronomist and kitchen expert who lives in Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua, Mexico. Erica’s main ingredients include Paleo foods: whole meats, veggies, fish, eggs, and oils. Since going on the Paleo diet, she could tell even before she took any measurements that the diet was helping her; she just felt energized, and never hungry. She is also an experienced portrait and food photographer. Her favorite foods include green pepper poppers, lemon flavored anything, and definitely coconut chicken.
Shen Lee Ng
Chinese Cuisine Expert
Shen Lee is a dietician and powerlifter based in Selangor, Malaysia. Having grown up in Malaysia, a country as culturally diverse as it is humid means being exposed to Chinese, Malay and Indian food on a daily basis. Shen’s passion in cooking began around the age of 13 when she would bake apple crumble slices and deep-dish salted chocolate chip cookies for her family. Now, she specializes in traditional Chinese food. Some of her favorite comfort foods include braised shiitake mushrooms (extra salty just like how grandma makes it!) and yellow wine chicken. Despite standing at 5 feet tall and previously weighing at 44 kg, she holds 4 world records under the Global Powerlifting Alliance.
Photographer / Culinary Stylist
Sophie Viau is a Montreal Canadian passionate about cooking and photography. A culinary stylist, she likes to merge several passions together: nutrition, cooking, communication and photography. She loves healthy dishes, but that doesn’t stop her from baking soft and gourmet cookies. One thing is certain: she always tries to cook practical, interesting and delicious! Sophie loves her camera, travels, guacamole, sea salt chocolate and sunsets (the magic hour!)
Travel and cuisine are her two great passions and intimately linked. For her, cooking is a great way to meet the people of a country and to discover their culture. Sophie is an accomplished epicurean, with eclectic tastes and a desire to always simplify the kitchen. In life as in the kitchen, she likes simple things and going to the point. She offers easy recipes for daily life, but always delicious. As she loves the world of cooking in general, she is always open to trying new things. She creates and cooks recipes that can be, vegan and vegetarian or carnivore, recipes inspired by all continents and a joyful combination of true gourmet and healthier recipes.
Alicia Van de Meie
Alicia is a professional chef based in Cape Town, South Africa. As a student she worked front of house, but usually ended up in the kitchen offering to lend a hand. The behind the scenes hustle was far more interesting than what was happening out on the restaurant floor.Through the years she quickly worked her way up through the ranks. She went from an eager to learn commis chef to heading up a large multiple outlet operation. Pastries and bread making became an obvious favorite early on during her career. In between the sweat and steam of the professional cooking environment she had her own bun in the oven who loves to help out in the kitchen as well.
She now works full time for a high profile family. Her days are spent challenging herself to always cook up something new. In her free time she enjoys cheesemaking, writing about food and trying to think up ways to have her daughter eat something more than Spaghetti Bolognaise.
Certified Kettlebell Trainer
Taco Fleur is a kettlebell pro and CrossFit trainer. He loves just about anything active, outdoors, especially mountains, rivers, and anything to do with kettlebells. He has owned and set-up 3 functional kettlebell gyms in Australia and Vietnam, and lived in the Netherlands, Australia, Vietnam and Thailand. He currently lives in Spain.
Personal bests include 400 burpees performed in under one hour; 500 kettlebell snatches, 500 swings and 500 double-unders all completed in one session; 250 alternating dead clean and presses in one session with 20kg; 200 pull-ups in one session; 200 unbroken kettlebell swings with a 28kg; most kettlebell swings completed in one session with a 28kg (1,501); most total kettlebell swings done in 28 days with a 28kg (11,111);windmill with a 40kg kettlebell; lugged a kettlebell up a 1,184m mountain; 160kg dead lift; 250 alternating dead clean and presses in one session with 20kg; 100 snatches on sand with a 24kg kettlebell; 85kg Olympic Squat Snatch; Gold medalist with 30 minutes of unbroken 16kg half snatches for a total of 532 reps.
Taco's training and goals are geared around GPP (General Physical Preparedness) which involves kettlebell training, calisthenics and CrossFit.
Melanie is an adventurous London-based foodie who has her roots in semi-tropical Taiwan. She loves travelling and exploring new restaurants, especially if they are vegan. Her complicated medical history drives her passion for creating healthy dishes and breaking the idea that vegetables are “bland” or “boring”. Being on her fourth year as a vegan, her one regret is that she didn’t find the vegan lifestyle sooner. She also credits her multi-cultural background for her creativity in the kitchen and her open-mindedness when it comes to trying out new food. Melanie also paints regularly and writes a lifestyle blog where she showcases her art work and spreads awareness about veganism, how food affects our mental health, and art therapy.
Indian Cuisine Expert
Neha shuttles between Mumbai and Hamburg. She is a Certified Nutrition and Diet Therapist, Runner and Yoga Instructor. Her wellness journey started 15 years ago when she started reporting for a local health and wellness publication. Even though she formally studied advertising and worked for a long time in the corporate world, she was always inclined towards helping people lead an ailment free life. As a result, she went back to school to study Nutrition and Diet Therapy. She now counsels clients around the world and teaches her clients how to eat well without compromising on taste, ways to use mindfulness in everyday life and how to focus on the mind and body.
Outdoors / Garden Expert
Molly is an outdoorswoman, gardener, and writer. She works as a naturalist and outdoor educator in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has a special interest in the medicinal and edible properties of local plants, and loves cooking with wild foods as often as she can. Due an adolescence and young adulthood spent struggling with chronic digestive illness, Molly discovered firsthand the healing power of food. She now manages her symptoms with ease due to diet and lifestyle. All her recipes are inconspicuously gluten-free and use local, seasonally available produce. When Molly isn't experimenting with new recipes that utilize her extravagant collection of cast iron skillets, she is researching traditional food sources, fishing anywhere with water, and exploring California's vast wild lands. Her favorite food varies with wild abandon, but she believes that there are few things in this world that rival fresh fish and pico de gallo salsa.
Organic Nutrition Expert
Jesica Cockerham is an athlete who has competed in soccer, basketball, cross country and volleyball. Her 5’9” stature led her to pursue volleyball, where she played collegiately for Rutgers University as an outside hitter/setter. She has always had a burning drive to fuel her body properly in order to excel in her sport and training. Constantly exploring nutrition and fuel sources amidst the world of food makes up a large part of her life. Her focus is on organic, whole foods, clean supplementations, medicinal elixirs as well as plant based, gluten + dairy free options. She roasts her own green coffee beans at home, has an affinity for green drinks and is a lover of music. Jesica is an avid crossfitter and accomplished blogger, with regular involvement in the promotion of new natural industry product releases. You can find her working out with her boyfriend, drinking a smoothie, gulping a green juice, chugging a coffee, or out walking her black lab Kona. She strives to live by her mantra, daily: “Make Good Use Of Your Pulse.”
Tracy Carmen Watkin
Kitchen / Travel Expert
Tracy Carmen Watkin grew up in northern California where her love of travel, writing, eating, cooking, and hosting events began. In 2008, she and her husband, Jeff, went on a trip to Paris and the Czech Republic and began to look at Europe as more than just a place to visit. By 2011, Tracy and Jeff were living in Barcelona, Spain.
With more ability to travel around easily to countries in Europe, and being located along the Mediterranean, her tastes and creativity for recipes expanded. Her educational background in Philosophy and Theology has helped to tie her love of communal hospitality and cooking with caring for the earth. Tracy and her husband have a large garden and they use this as their inspiration in cooking. When not using her own homegrown ingredients, she opts for local and organic ingredients.
Tracy loves to cook seasonally and plans dinner parties coordinating the food with the time of year. On a typical weeknight, she and Jeff often choose to cook Mexican dishes they miss from their time of living in California. Besides Mexican cuisine, Tracy can be found gorging herself on Italian food; pasta, pizza, risotto, veal parmesan, lasagna.
Culinary Arts Expert / Restaurant Chef
Amber is a restaurant chef and food blogger who resides in both her home state of California, U.S.A. and Queensland, Australia. She holds a background and education in the Culinary Arts and has worked in many kitchens throughout the past 10 years from dishwasher to lead cook.
Her experience outside of the kitchen as a food writer, food columnist and assistant food stylist for cook book, magazine and web publications inspired her to start her own blog, Amby Cakes, where she teaches others how to cook her native California-Mexican cuisine while sharing what she is learning about the cuisines in other parts of the world she visits and resides in.
Also an avid gamer and veteran guitarist of 20 years, that is how Amber spends her free time when she isn’t cooking or writing recipes. She also enjoys learning as much as possible about food photography and hopes to add that to her professional arsenal.
Fitness / Pets Expert
Hailey Hudson is a full-time author and blogger from the mountains of north Georgia. She writes about fitness, travel, and family to help people live their best lives now. When she’s not freelancing, she’s working on her next novel, reading a book, or listening to a Broadway musical.
Hailey’s passion for fitness and nutrition began in high school, when she played travel softball and trained six days a week. An injury and a chronic medical condition prevented her from playing in college, but she still works out as much as possible—and when she has the time, she volunteers as the head coach of a young softball team, which allows her to write about kids’ sports as well as fitness and nutrition for all ages.
Travel is another longtime passion of Hailey’s; she has been from coast to coast in the USA and has also spent quite a bit of time in Colombia, South America. Hailey is in love with her home in the north Georgia mountains and loves to pack up her car and take off on the weekends.
Hailey also enjoys teaching kids’ classes at church, nannying, coaching, and working as the site coordinator for a nonprofit that tutors underprivileged children. And Hailey firmly believes pets are part of the family, too! Her beagle puppy Sophie is her favorite (and only) coworker. Most notably in this niche, Hailey is the associate editor for Georgia Family Magazine.
Photographer / Recipe Developer
Natanja is a 20-something blogger and freelancer from Vienna, Austria. In 2017 she moved to the beautiful country of Switzerland where she now lives with her husband and cat. She is the owner of the lifestyle blog Home Baked Bliss where she writes about her favorite recipes, diy beauty, crafts and interior design. Her blog started as a food blog back in 2015 but has since transitioned into a lifestyle blog with the theme ‘Simply Homemade’.
Her love of food (especially anything with caramel, truffles and lavender) has inspired her to start her own blog and write about tempering chocolate for a living. She also loves photography and taking drool-worthy pictures of mostly healthy and sometimes rather indulgent recipes. Her areas of expertise include recipe development, food styling, food and lifestyle photography, photo editing and writing.
Her favorite foods include (but are certainly not limited to) veggie burgers, lavender limeade and toffee cookies. She is a vegetarian and also loves to cook vegan meals. You’ll never find her cooking with fennel (she cannot stand the smell).
Adrianna Barnes is a Dallas, Texas native with a passion for sports, art, and all living creatures. As a college softball athlete, her most prominent positions on the field so far have been shortstop and pitcher.
The softball diamond will always feel like home to Adrianna. Her love story with the game started 12 years ago when she was 8 and decided after watching her big sister pitch a high school game, that she wanted to take the field herself. Experiencing the game from all levels of play from recreational league, to select tournament ball, all the way to collegiate play, she has developed an expert-level knowledge of the game. She also coaches young softball players and teaches private skill-lessons, such as pitching. Even with all this growth in the game of softball, she never physically grew much taller over the years. Standing at 4 foot 11 inches, playing college softball is a feat in itself.
Aside from her life in sports, Adrianna holds an undying love for the arts in her heart. She sketches, paints, reads and writes whenever her schedule allows for it. Her favorites of these are acrylic painting and writing poetry & short stories. When Adrianna is not practicing, painting, reading, or writing, you will find her spending time with her family, animals, or in nature. She lives up to the Texan stereotype by owning 3 horses and many chickens, along with 1 cat. She loves spending time in the outdoors, whether that be walking on nature trails or simply sitting outside to soak up the bright Texas sunshine, adding a new freckle every time.
Registered Yoga Teacher (200-Hr) / Yoga Alliance Certified
Holly Flynn is a yogi making roots in Fayetteville, AR. She studied at the Wilmington Yoga Center last summer after seeing the incredible mental and physical benefits of the practice; she especially loves the mind-body-breath connection and the power that yoga has to calm the mind. She specializes in restorative and gentle flow, and believes that yoga has the power to change lives.
When Holly isn't on the mat, she's deep in a good book or flexing her writing muscles, as she also enjoys the craft of storytelling. Aside from her yoga certification, Holly holds a Bachelor of Science in English, Secondary Education, as well as music and theater minors from Appalachian State University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She taught at the high school level for four years and is currently looking for a new road to travel.
This crafter has not always lived in Kansas, but there was 'no place like home' when Cyndee Kromminga relocated from Denver to her childhood hometown when her children were little. While ideal for raising a family, the lack of stores put a major crimp in her creative style and design business. The closest craft store was 50 miles away! As a young mother she had typically been frugal in her crafting endeavors, but after her move she was forced to become even more so by re-imagining things that could be reused as supplies when a trip to the city was not an option. That is when she became adept at junk crafting and junk designs. She had always enjoyed country auctions with her dad, Saturday morning yard sales and finding one-of-a-kind treasures from thrift stores, so incorporating those finds into her designs seemed like a natural transition.
Since she has never been able to make just one of anything, she had to come up with an alternative to hoarding. Aside from gifts and decorating her home, Cyndee sells her finished projects at local craft shows, a hometown brick and mortar and her Etsy store, Restyled Junk.
Never one to be able to keep a secret, for more than 25 years she has been very open in sharing the "how tos" to her designs. Her crafting tutorials can be found all over the internet, including LoveToKnow, Fave Crafts and her personal blog, Restyled Junk. Many of her creations have also appeared in print publications, such as Crafting Traditions Magazine, Easy Holiday Crafting Series-House of White Birches Newsletter and Country Woman Christmas Books.
Cyndee strives to inspire others in their crafting adventures with the "8-R's" of crafting: restyling, recycling, re-purposing, reclaiming, re-imagining, reusing, reinventing and rebuilding.
Mountain Guide / Horse Trainer
Emma lives on a smallholding in the south of Spain, with her husband, two-year-old daughter and their many animals. While not outside, she is working as a freelance writer covering topics including pets, outdoor equipment, hiking, and RVing.
Emma qualified with a BSc (Hons) in Equine Science, before going on to complete a Masters in Applied Marine Science. Emma has previously worked as a mountain guide, leading horseback treks in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. She has also worked as a racehorse trainer, on research cruises off the coast of New Zealand, on a turtle conservation project in Costa Rica, and as a science teacher.
Travel is another of Emma's passions, and she has traveled every continent except Antarctica. Some of her favorite places include the Galapagos Islands, Easter Island, and New Zealand, where she met her husband.
Animals are a firm part of Emma's life. Her tribe includes two horses, one of which was a wedding present! she also owns four dogs and five cats - all rescued and now living a peaceful life of long walks and sleeping in the shade.
Natasha holds a Bachelors in Communication from Boston University and has worked in both the real estate and fitness industry which gave her both an eye for design and a strong belief in taking care of your body.
Growing up, the year was spent in Hong Kong, her father’s hometown, and the summers were spent in Burgundy, the French wine region where her mother is from. Natasha and her family spent holidays traveling through Europe, South East Asia and Oceania where she would learn about artisan products, centuries-old beauty secrets and family recipes that had been passed down from generation to generation. This ignited her passion for story-telling.
Natasha is a foodie with a love for writing and creating videos. She produces food/travel videos for her YouTube channel, where she promotes a healthy lifestyle while still indulging in delicious delicacies around the world.
Zhoro was born in Bulgaria and has worked in professional kitchens for the last 10 years. He spent 6 of them as a head chef in London, almost a year in South Carolina and the rest in Bulgaria. His biggest success so far was shooting the cover for the latest issue of Thrive Magazine - the best vegan magazine in the USA.
He cooks vegan recipes - an amazing way of eating that brings so much to the table and improves your health in so many ways. His favorite cuisine is Italian - pasta, risotto, grilled seasonal vegetables drizzled with olive oil and balsamic reduction.
Ashlyn graduated from George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. In 2018 she earned an MLA in Gastronomy from Boston University with a focus in communications. She also holds certifications in Cheese and Beer & Spirits from BU’s Food and Wine Studies program.
Ashlyn's interest in food began after moving to Washington, D.C. in 2012. The city introduced her to countless new cuisines, flavors, and styles of cooking; she’s been cooking and experimenting with food ever since. Her first foray into recipe development was during her undergraduate studies -- her blog, Offally Sweet, featured dishes made with lesser-used animal parts like liver, tongue, and brain.
In the kitchen she tends to make and eat veggie-heavy dishes with a mind towards seasonality -- but she also makes some pretty mean mac and cheese.
Food and Lifestyle Journalist
Kirsten Nunez is a food and lifestyle journalist based in Beacon, New York. Since 2014, she has worked as a freelance editor and writer for more than 15 digital and print publications. Kirsten has a B.S. in Dietetics with a minor in Health & Wellness from the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Oneonta and a M.S. in Nutrition from Texas Women’s University.
In 2010, Kirsten launched a DIY blog called Studs & Pearls. All she wanted was to share her crafty ideas while plugging away at graduate school. But before she knew it, her blog was one of the top DIY blogs. Then, in 2013, she landed a book deal. Kirsten published a DIY fashion book, Studs & Pearls: 30 Creative Projects for Customized Fashion, in May 2014.
Kirsten spends her time exploring the beautiful Hudson Valley, working out in spin class, and making delicious concoctions in her studio apartment. Her work has appeared in outlets such as eHow, Extra Crispy, Food & Wine, and more.
Thea Voutiritsas is a writer and food fanatic from Kansas City. She loves exploring the exploding restaurant scene in her hometown and experimenting with her own recipes in her free time. She holds a BA in English Language and Rhetoric from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, with a minor in Print Culture and Editing.
Her father, a chef himself, showed her the way around the kitchen from a young age. After becoming familiar with traditional Greek food, she expanded her expertise to other areas but never left behind her roots. She loves to borrow inspiration from different cultures to turn a dish into something truly unique.
Thea specializes in recipes with savory, complex flavors that are deceptively simple to create. She knows most people don’t have the time (or desire) to spend hours in the kitchen, so she loves writing up recipes that make use of the crock-pot and oven to give folks time to tidy up the kitchen, throw together a fresh salad, or whip up a tasty sauce while the food cooks.
Thea firmly believes that people can taste the difference when dishes are made with mindfulness and integrity. She uses fresh, locally sourced ingredients whenever possible, and always begins cooking with an open mind.