Dana Cowin, the editor-in-chief of Food & Wine and Kate Krader, the magazine’s restaurant editor, have a combined four decades of experience running the magazine. That means they’ve seen the publication evolve from a resource providing “chicken around the world” recipes to a multi-faceted brand offering recipes, yes, but also content surrounding chefs, restaurants, travel, and lifestyle in print and online. Just this year, the magazine underwent a redesign, launched a new site FWx, and was acquired by Time, Inc. from longtime owner American Express.
And, given the ladies’ long tenure, they’ve spent more time than most contemplating the recurring hot button issue of coverage of female chefs in the food media and in their Best New Chef awards.
For an early February Toklas event, we spoke with Dana and Kate and the Food & Wine office before hanging out in the Test Kitchen with surprise guest Kristen Kish. Excerpts are below, but first a huge thanks to Dana, Kate, Kristen, Jacque Westbrook, and the whole Test Kitchen team. Continue reading