Featured Speaker: Dianne Jacob

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We are so happy to welcome renowned food writer, Dianne Jacob, to IFBC NOLA! Dianne will speak on the topic of Recipe Writing and Development.

Dianne Jacob is the author of Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Reviews, Memoir, and More. The first edition won the Cordon D’Or International award for Best Literary Food Reference Book in 2005. The second edition won the Gourmand World Cookbook Award in 2010 for best book in its category in the US.

Her blog, Will Write for Food: Pithy Snippets about Food Writing, covers food writing trends and technique. Her posts have been picked up by Publishers’ Weekly, Chow, Eater, BlogHer and the Food News Journal. She started the blog in 2009 as a way to update her book, which features an extensive chapter on food blogging.

Dianne is also co-author of the cookbook Grilled Pizzas & Piadinas, with chef Craig Priebe, and regularly edits cookbooks for national publishers.

Previously a newspaper, magazine, and publishing company editor-in-chief, Dianne became a full-time writing coach, author, and freelance editor in 1996. She coaches writers across the US, Canada, Europe and Asia on writing and publishing books, freelance articles, and blogs.

Dianne judges books for the James Beard Foundation and for the International Association of Culinary Professionals annual cookbook awards. She has also been a judge for the Bert Greene Award for Food Journalism. A feature she wrote about food blogs was a finalist for a Bert Greene award in 2007.

She has taught classes on food writing for 10 years, including at the Smithsonian Institute and UCLA’s Journalism Department. See her website,, for more information.

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Featured Speaker: Jamie Schler


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Jamie Schler will speak passionately in the session, 'Writing about Food and Culture.'

Jamie is a freelance writer specializing in food and culture. An American living in Europe for over 25 years, her multi-cultural family and kitchen are the source of inspiration for both her cooking and her writing. After working as a culinary guide and interpreter in Paris, an assistant editor/recipe editor for the professional cooking magazine Master Chef and editorial assistant on both a small cookbook and a large coffee table art book, she combined her passions for food and writing to create and author her blog Life's a Feast in 2008. She also writes for the prestigious Huffington Post as a regular contributor to their Food page since April 2010.

Jamie has been published in the Foodista food blog community’s Best of Food Blogs Cookbook: 100 Great Recipes, Photographs and Voices. She has been featured in CRUSH, South Africa’s on-line food & wine magazine, Joan Nathan’s Notebook & Recipes, and The Kitchn. She writes the column Destination Dessert for The Rambling Epicure and her recipes appear regularly in the Dutch on-line magazine De Glazen Vork.

Jamie has spoken on the topic food writing, voice & style at Food Blogger Connect in London in 2009 and 2010, The South African Food & Wine Blogger’s Indaba in Cape Town in 2011. She is co-founder of From Plate to Page, an intensive, hands-on workshop dedicated to food writing, styling and photographing where she is writing instructor.

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Featured Speaker: Chef John Mitzewich of Food Wishes

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Chef John will share all he knows about creating fantastic video content during the Video session! We're thrilled to have him!

John Mitzewich received his culinary degree from Paul Smith's College, NY, in 1983, and was honored as the school's "Outstanding Chef Training Student." After 15 plus years in the food industry, John was hired as a Chef Instructor at the prestigious California Culinary Academy. After five successful years of teaching, he left to follow his dream of teaching a larger audience online.

His multiple award-winning blog, Food Wishes, has become one of the most visited video recipe sites online, and is home to over 550 original recipe videos. Chef John is also the most-watched cooking teacher on YouTube, with over 100,000 subscribers and 30 million views. Food Wishes has won Saveur Magazine's Best Food Blog Award two years in a row.

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Featured Speaker: Andrew Scrivani

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Foodista and Zephyr Adventures are very happy to welcome NYTimes photographer, Andrew Scrivani, to IFBC NOLA! Andrew will be leading the Food Styling and Photography session and sharing his essential tips to taking beautiful pictures of food- at any skill level.

About Andrew Scrivani:

Andrew Scrivani is a New York based freelance commercial and editorial photographer, food stylist, writer and blogger. He has been photographing for the New York Times Dining Section since 2002 as well as the Recipes for Health column by Martha Rose Shulman on The New York Times on the Web Fitness and Nutrition section since 2008.

Andrew has most recently completed the photography for Melissa Clark’s new book “Eat This Now” and is one of the featured photographers for the recently launched GILT Taste website. You can read his columns on Food & Photography at The New York Times Diner’s Journal blog and his own personal blog makingSundaySauce

Andrew also teaches workshops and speaks nationally on Food Photography and Styling, which is a natural extension of his life before photography, as a high school teacher and coach.

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Announcing Featured Chef and Speaker: John Besh

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We are thrilled to welcome acclaimed chef, author, and restaurateur, John Besh, to IFBC New Orleans! Chef Besh will not only prepare a special Saturday evening dinner, but will also speak about his career and passion for food.

About Chef Besh:

John Besh is a chef dedicated to the culinary riches of his native southern Louisiana. In his restaurants, entrepreneurial pursuits, and public activities, he preserves and promotes ingredients, techniques, and heritage one mouth-watering dish at a time.

Besh has set the benchmark for fine dining in New Orleans – a town whose identity is bound to its food. Each of his six acclaimed restaurants (August, Besh Steak, Lüke, La Provence, American Sector, and Domenica) celebrates the bounty and traditions of the region.

From the outset of his career, Besh’s talent and drive have earned him continuous kudos: Food & Wine named him one of the “Top 10 Best New Chefs in America” and his flagship restaurant August has featured on the late great Gourmet magazine’s “Guide to America’s Best Restaurants,” and “America’s Top 50 Restaurants.”  Local publications keeping close tabs on the dining scene, like The Times-Picayune and New Orleans City Business, have applauded all his other restaurants as they’ve appeared and won the hearts and palates of discriminating diners.   He won the James Beard Award for Best Chef of the Southeast in 2006, and was awarded Food Arts’ Silver Spoon Award in 2009 for revitalizing the culinary legacy of New Orleans.  John Besh is a frequent guest chef on the NBC Today Show, and has appeared on top programs on The Food Network and the Sundance Channel, as well.

Besh’s devotion to local ingredients and local cuisine also extends to his entrepreneurial projects, including the creation of Besh Restaurant Group Catering; the launch of a line of gourmet products; and the publication of his first cookbook, My New Orleans (Andrews McMeel Publishing, October 2009.) A former U.S. Marine, Besh is proud to have partnered with Baton Rouge-based emergency reconstruction specialists Arkel International, for which he creates high quality ready-to-eat meals for distribution to thousands of emergency response teams and sustained strategic operations in the U.S. and around the world; the novel initiative promotes the Gulf Coast’s food culture as it elevates the Louisiana economy. In recognition of such far-reaching contributions, the Louisiana Restaurant Association named him Restaurateur of the Year in 2008.

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Get a copy of Chef Besh's cookbook, My New Orleans, here!

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