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Mario Batali Mario Batali believes that olive oil is as precious as gold, that shorts are acceptable attire for every season, and that food, like most things, is best when left to its own simple beauty. Batali opened Pò, a casual trattoria, in 1993 and Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca in 1998, which was awarded three stars by The New York Times. Batali has since opened Lupa and Esca and is a partner in New York’s new Italian Wine Merchants. Batali hosts his own Food Network programs, "Molto Mario" and "Mario Batali’s Italy." He has authored Simple Italian Food, and his next book, Mario Batali Holiday Food, is due for an October 2000 release. Batali lives in New York City with his wife, Susi Cahn, of the Coach Dairy Goat Farm, and their two sons Benno and Leo.  
Derek Bromley
 
  Derek Bromley is the Co-founder & Co-CEO of BevAccess.com, the first online beverage industry exchange for wine, beer and spirits. A graduate of the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, Bromley has held beverage management positions at New York's Montrachet, Nobu and TriBeCa Grill. He opened the City Wine & Cigar Company in New York as Beverage Director and Sommelier, earning an "Award of Excellence" from Wine Spectator for his wine selection. Bromley and Co-CEO Greg Ahnert founded BevAccess.com to improve efficiency, service and savings on order fulfillment and account management, pioneering technology that benefits an industry-wide audience. Derek Bromley
Loret Carbone  
Loret Carbone Loret Carbone, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Left At Albuquerque, has more than 25 years experience working with people as a psychologist, human resources specialist, and speaker. She was the first woman partner at Lettuce Entertain You and is a nationally acclaimed consultant and speaker to the restaurant and hospitality industry. Loret was the 1994 national president of the Roundtable for Women in Foodservice and has served on industry boards including Women Foodservice Forum, Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, Purdue University and San Francisco State’s hospitality program boards. She has appeared on the "Oprah Winfrey Show," Hospitality Television, and on several national radio programs as an expert on restaurant human resources. Loret writes and contributes to articles for Restaurant Hospitality, Nation’s Restaurant News and Restaurant Business.
Peter Elliot
 
Peter Elliot Peter Elliot is the editor of "The Bloomberg Executive Dining Guide," designed to whet the appetites of the world's most influential and demanding dining community. Elliot hosts six daily spots airing five days a week on Bloomberg Radio covering food, wine and restaurants, in addition to his weekly review. His radio program explores food-related issues ranging from food safety and dining etiquette to the best airline food to cookbooks worth buying. Elliot's programming is also available at www.bloomberg.com. "The Bloomberg Executive Dining Guide with Peter Elliot" was the winner of the 1999 James Beard Award for Best Radio Show on Food. Elliot is a graduate of the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.  
Todd English Todd English is best known for the acclaimed Olives restaurant in Charlestown, Massachusetts. Olives has now opened three other locations, most recently at the St. Regis Hotel in Aspen. English also has four Figs restaurants in the greater Boston area and three other restaurants at fine hotels around the country. He first caught the culinary world's eye when he won the Food & Wine Best New Chef in 1990 and again in 1991, when the James Beard Foundation named him their National Rising Star Chef. In 1994, he won Best Chef in the Northeast from the James Beard Foundation. He has hosted his own Public Television series, "Cooking with Todd English," and is the author of The Olives Table and The Figs Table. He is currently at work on The Dessert Table to be released in fall 2000. Todd resides in Brookline, Massachusetts with his wife, Olivia, and their three children, Oliver, Isabelle, and Simon.
Evan GoldsteinEvan Goldstein
Evan Goldstein, M.S., is the Vice-President of Public Relations and New Media for the Seagram Chateau & Estate Wines Company, and the Director of the Sterling Vineyards School of Service and Hospitality. In 1987, he won recognition as the youngest person ever to pass the prestigious Master Sommelier examination. Goldstein, well-known throughout the wine and hospitality industries for his outstanding abilities as a teacher, moderator, and trend analyst, is a regular editorial contributor to Santé, and regular guest on the top-rated "Ron Owens Show" on KGO Radio in San Francisco. He has written the wine sections for three Joyce Goldstein cookbooks, including The Mediterranean Kitchen, Back to Square One, and Kitchen Conversations, as well as Casual Occasions and Festive Occasions in the Williams-Sonoma Cookbook series. He is currently under contract to write a food and wine book, due out in the summer of 2000.
Stephen Hanson For the past 14 years, Stephen Hanson has brought stylish, popular, and value-oriented restaurants to New Yorkers and diners from all over the world. In 1987, Hanson created Coconut Grill, the first in his group of Manhattan restaurants. He has since opened Park Avalon, Blue Water Grill, Ocean Grill and Ruby Foo’s Dim Sum and Sushi Palace. Blue Water Grill was voted New York’s 19th most popular restaurant in the 1999 Zagat Survey, and Ruby Foo’s has been awarded two stars by The New York Times. Hanson has plans to bring the Ruby Foo's concept to other cities in the near future.
  Marty Horn  
Marty Horn The founder of PowerPurchasing, Marty Horn is a third generation restaurant operator of Pals Cabin and Mayfair Farms Restaurants in West Orange, New Jersey. He has served as Chief Operating Officer of his restaurants since 1988. The Horn Family has owned and operated restaurants in New Jersey since 1932 and collectively share over 250 years of experience in the Foodservice Industry. Marty is also currently the Vice President of the New Jersey Restaurant Association and an active member of the National Restaurant Association. He is a graduate of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Andrea Immer Andrea Immer is the Master Sommelier and Beverage Director for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, the world’s largest and most prestigious hotel company. Andrea is one of nine women to hold the title of Master Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers. In 1997, she was chosen Best Sommelier in America by the Sommelier Society of America, and she represented the U.S. in the Concours Mondiale world sommeliers’ competition in Vienna in June 1998. Andrea is currently at work on her first book, due out this fall.
Michael Klauber
Michael Klauber
Michael Klauber is co-proprietor of Michael's on East, Michael's on East Ballroom and Catering, Michael's Seafood Grill, The Down Under Jazz Club and the Sarasota Food & Wine Academy in Sarasota, Florida. For the last nine years, Michael's on East has received the Golden Spoon Award as one of Florida's Top 20 restaurants (Florida Trend magazine), and has been recognized as Sarasota's only AAA Four-Diamond restaurant. Michael’s has been named "the most popular restaurant on Florida's Gulf Coast" by Zagats and has won both the DiRoNa Award and Wine Spectator's "Award of Excellence." An avid wine collector and professional wine judge, Michael is founder and past president of the Florida Winefest and Auction, the third largest charity food and wine event in the U.S. In 1999, he founded a new food and wine event, the Sarasota Culinary Symposium, which will feature a variety of culinary and winemaking talent.
 
 
Paul Lightfoot
 
Paul Lightfoot Paul Lightfoot is the founder and CEO of Foodline.com, Inc., a leading provider of direct diner information and online reservations management technology to restaurants. While leading Foodline.com, Lightfoot has secured strategic investments and partnerships from American Express, Zagat Survey, and Ticketmaster Online-CitySearch. He has been featured or quoted in The Industry Standard, The Red Herring, The New York Times, CNN’s "Business Unusual," Nation’s Restaurant News, and many other national and trade-related media outlets. Lightfoot was formerly an attorney at Cadwalader, Wickersham, & Taft in New York City and worked before and during graduate school as a bartender in New York City.
 
Dennis Max
Dennis Max
Dennis Max is the President of Unique Restaurant Concepts Inc., a company that operates a successful group of restaurants throughout Florida. Dennis earned a master's degree in finance and was a Wall Street broker before entering the restaurant business. He opened his first restaurants, Carlos and Pepe’s and Raffles restaurant, in the 1970s with partner Burt Rappaport before opening Café Max with his wife Patti in 1984. The couple currently operates seven restaurants throughout Florida, many garnering critical acclaim.
 
Carolyn O'Neil
 
Carolyn O'Neil Carolyn O’Neil is anchor and senior correspondent for "CNN Travel Now," CNN’s half-hour weekend program on international food and travel which airs Saturday at 6:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (EST). Formerly executive producer and host of CNN’s award-winning "On the Menu," O’Neil, a registered dietician, joined CNN in 1982 to develop the network’s food and nutrition programming. She is the first television correspondent to be honored with the James Beard Who’s Who on Food and Wine in America. O’Neil’s "On the Menu" was also nominated for two cable ACE awards and was winner of two James Beard awards for Best TV Food Journalism.
 
Larry Stone
 
Larry Stone Larry Stone, sommelier of Rubicon in San Francisco, is the first American to have won the title of International Best Sommelier in French Wines and Spirits and is the only American to have earned the title of French Master Sommelier from the Union de la Sommelerie Française. Stone has the distinction of Master Sommelier granted by the English Court of Master Sommeliers. He received the James Beard Distinguished Service Award and has been nominated for the James Beard Foundation's 2000 Who’s Who for Outstanding Wine Service. Stone is a partner in Myriad, a nationwide restaurant consulting group founded by Drew Nieporent, and has written for The Chicago Sun Tribune, Santé and Wine and Spirits magazine.
Mark Tarbell Mark Tarbell is a real nature boy who enjoys long walks in the woods, sand sailing and reading Tolkien. He has two successful Phoenix restaurants – Tarbell’s and Barmouche – which run better without him, so he goes off to teach wine and food whenever his staff can arrange it.
 
Madeline Triffon
 
Madeline Triffon Madeline Triffon is Director of Wine and Beverages for the Unique Restaurant Corporation. She is responsible for the development of all wine lists and the selection of beverages served in the company's 14 Michigan restaurants. Madeline coordinates wine dinners and tastings, and serves as corporate wine educator. The former Wine Director for Jimmy Schmidt's restaurants in Michigan. Her lists for the Rattlesnake Club, Trés Vite and Buster's Bay have won Wine Spectator’s "Award of Excellence." Madeline is one of only 37 Americans - the first of nine American women and the second woman in the world - to have earned the title of Master Sommelier.
Joshua Wesson
Joshua Wesson
 
In living largely by his wits, Joshua Wesson has developed many subtle and agile qualities that may yet make him the envy of his high school class. A former pinkie-out sommelier, he now wanders the world in search of top-notch vinous values for Best Cellars, a nationwide retail concept he co-founded where all the wines are impossibly delicious, organized by taste, and priced $10 and under.



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