Chef/Cookbook Author/Food Writer
Inducted into the James Beard Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America, and the Silver Palate Cookbook named to the James Beard Foundation's Cookbook Hall of Fame.

Sheila Lukins, author of U.S.A. Cookbook, is a chef, cooking teacher, and food writer, whose best selling books The Silver Palate Cookbook, The Silver Palate Good Times Book, The New Basics Cookbook and the All Around the World Cookbook have more than 5.5 million copies in print. Since 1986, Lukins has been the Food Editor of Parade magazine, which has readership of more than 83 million people. She has lectured, taught, and demonstrated cooking throughout the United States, has appeared on national television numerous times, and has contributed to all the major food publications. In May 1997, United Airlines presented their new coach class menu based on recipes created by Sheila Lukins.

Throughout her career, Lukins has received many awards for her contributions to the food world. They include Business Woman of the Year for Gourmet Takeout from New York University's Small Business Administration; three awards from the National Association of Specialty Food Trade; and the New York Association of Cooking Teachers Life Achievement Award. In 1992, Lukins was inducted into the James Beard Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America and The Silver Palate Cookbook was named to the James Beard Foundation's Cookbook Hall of Fame. In 1998, the U.S.A. Cookbook was nominated for a James Beard Award. In 1998, the Inflight Food Service Association presented its Award of Distinction to United Airlines for its economy meal service developed with Sheila Lukins. IFSA also bestowed an Honorary Award upon Ms. Lukins based on her contributions to the inflight service industry.
She continued her education in both cuisine and art in Paris, where she lived for one year. She also spent time in Bordeaux working with various chefs. After moving back to New York, Lukins founded "The Other Woman Catering Company," and in 1977, she co-founded The Silver Palate; interest in the company was sold in the summer of 1988. Ms. Lukins is a member of Les Dames d'Escoffier, The American Institute of Wine and Food, The James Beard Foundation and the International Association of Cooking Professionals.