Before becoming the “Renegade Lunch Lady,” Ann Cooper enjoyed a successful and diverse culinary career. She’s held a bevy of positions and was most recently the executive chef at the much-lauded Putney Inn in Vermont.
Her time at the Putney Inn expanded her passion for cooking and food, as she became acutely aware of the challenges society faced to harvest healthy, sustainable food. It was while researching and writing her book Bitter Harvest, written with Lisa M. Holmes, that she became focused on advocating a food system that promotes nutritional and sustainable food.
Ann’s message now reaches children, as she’s revamped school cafeteria menus with healthy, fresh and sustainable meals. This is earned her the moniker “Renegade Lunch Lady,” and she’s worked with schools in Berkley, Calif., New York City, and currently Boulder, Colo. She also founded the Food Family Farming Foundation and The Lunch Box, and has received national attention on sites like Ted for her work in food education.
Boasting funny, brash and blunt opinions about design, Paul Anater's blog, “Kitchen and Residential Design” has garnered a heavy following. But what makes his writing so appealing is that it’s backed up with years of design experience and respected knowledge.
When he’s not dishing and opining about design, the St. Petersburg, Fla-based Anater is helping his clients transform their homes into efficient and stylish spaces, as well as running “designer bootcamps” for design-industry professionals.