Mary Giuliani

Mary Giuliani, Author, Party and Lifestyle expert, founder and CEO of Mary Giuliani Catering. Mary has appeared on The Barefoot Contessa, The Chew, The Today Show, Good Morning America and is a regularly featured guest on The Rachael Ray Show. Mary’s first book, “The Cocktail Party (Eat, Drink, Play, Recover)” premiered in 2015. Her second book, “Tiny Hot Dogs and Other Stories” is set for a Spring 2019 release.

Adam Platt

Adam Platt has been a contributing editor and restaurant critic for New York magazine since 2000. He won the James Beard Foundation Journalism Award for Restaurant Reviews in 2010.

During the course of nearly 25 years in the magazine business, Platt has written for a variety of publications, including The New Yorker (staff Talk of the Town writer), The New York Observer (columnist), Esquire, and Condé Nast Traveler.

He developed his eclectic palate growing up in places like Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan.

Adam is a graduate of the American School in Japan (High School), the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and the Columbia School of Journalism. He is the son of a retired American diplomat (and also the brother of a well-known American actor). He currently lives in Greenwich Village with his wife and two pizza-loving daughters.

Rachael Ray

According to Rachael Ray, she grew up in food and has parlayed that birthright into a wildly successful career as a syndicated television star, an iconic Food Network television personality, bestselling cookbook author, Founder and Editorial Director of her own lifestyle magazine, Rachael Ray Every Day, and Founder of the Yum-o! organization.

Rachael’s hugely successful daytime program, Rachael Ray, launched in the fall of 2006. Showcasing Rachael’s warmth, energy and boundless curiosity, the show invites viewers to experience life the Rachael Ray way. Credited with getting America back in the kitchen with her easy approach to cooking, Rachael takes the same philosophy — finding simple solutions to everyday problems — beyond the kitchen and into all aspects of the show.Read More

Rachael’s television work grew to include a series of lifestyle and travel formats, as well as a long-term relationship with the Food Network, hosting shows such as Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off, Worst Cooks in America, Week In A Day and 30-Minute Meals, which earned Rachael a 2006 Daytime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Service Show” and a nomination for “Outstanding Service Show Host.”

In addition to her television endeavors, Rachael has turned her 30-Minute Meals concept into a bestselling series of cookbooks, including, Rachael Ray’s Book of Burger, My Year in Meals and Everyone is Italian on Sunday.

She has developed a line of super premium dog and cat food and treats called Rachael Ray Nutrish® along with Ainsworth Pet Nutrition. Through The Rachael Ray Foundation which was created for all of the forgotten animals — the ones who might not have someone who loves them as much as they deserve, Rachael has donated more than $27 million of proceeds from the sale of Nutrish to animals in need.

She has created a nonprofit organization, Yum-o!, empowers kids and their families to develop healthy relationships with food and cooking and received the honor of being appointed to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition by President Barack Obama in 2014.

In 2016, Rachael partnered with Legacy Classic and Craftmaster Furniture to channel her passion and aesthetic vision for design and interiors into the home furnishings category with the introduction of the Rachael Ray Home Collection.


Jennifer Rubell

Jennifer Rubell (b. 1970) is an American conceptual artist whose work centers on the viewer’s physical interaction with the object.  She works in a wide variety of participatory mediums ranging from interactive sculpture, painting and video to food performance.

Select performances and exhibitions include: Landscapes at Fondation Beyeler in Riehen, Switzerland; Old-Fashioned, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Creation, for Performa, the New York performance-art festival; Made in Texas and Nutcrackers, at the Dallas Contemporary; So Sorry, at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto; The de Pury Diptych at the Saatchi Gallery, London; Icons, at the Brooklyn Museum.

Rubell received a B.A. from Harvard University in Fine Arts. She lives and works in New York City.

Jonathan Van Meter

JONATHAN VAN METER is a contributing editor at Vogue and New York magazine and is the author of THE LAST GOOD TIME