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Food Judges

Meet the experts behind our incredible food content and products.
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Food Finalists

Latest food Finalists

Get to Know the Judges

  • Lucinda Scala Quinn
    Food Executive Editorial Director

    The mother of three boys, Lucinda is a firm believer that food, security, and love are entwined in the meals we cook and serve to our family and friends. She brings delicious ideas and recipes to the tables of our magazine and website devotees, and has authored six cookbooks, including the recent Mad Hungry Cravings.

  • Jennifer Aaronson
    Food Editorial Director

    Jennifer worked in banking before boldly switching career paths and pursuing her passion for cooking and baking. This master baker manages our test-kitchen staff, and creates and styles the delectable food and entertaining content you see in the pages of Martha Stewart Living.

  • Sarah Carey
    Food Editor at Large

    Growing up on a commune, Sarah was exposed to a variety of diverse foods and cuisine types at an early age. She shares her innate cooking passion and food knowledge through recipes in the magazine and her video series, Everyday Food With Sarah Carey.

  • Thomas Joseph
    Director of Food Product Development

    Thomas is our resident test-kitchen nerd, with a passion for the science and story behind food. He puts his culinary expertise and nutrition know-how to good use, developing recipes for our television shows, creating products with the merchandising team, and hosting his video series, Kitchen Conundrums.

Talk to the Judges

Here’s your chance to talk directly with the creative team behind our food content and merchandise. Learn what inspires them, what they love about their jobs, how they got started, and what American Made means to them. Send your questions to foodjudges@marthastewart.com, and check back often to see the answers. Please remember to include your full name and hometown.

  • Q:
    What does American Made mean to you?

    Home-turf foods, services, staff, and location, and the U.S. spirit of independence. —Lucinda

  • Q:
    What are you looking for in a finalist?

    I’m on the lookout for businesses that are doing something extraordinary, making top-quality products, and giving back to their communities. I’m also very interested in beautifully handcrafted goods—people who are preserving the old ways of doing things. —Jennifer

  • Q:
    What advice would you give to those hoping to launch a food business?

    Focus on something you really love making, because you're going to be doing it a lot! —Sarah

  • Q:
    What are you looking for in a finalist?

    As a business owner, it's easy to take shortcuts in a rush to create a final product. But here, you need to have the full package. I'm looking for nominees with that star quality—a new, innovative idea that is backed up with high-quality, American-made ingredients. —Thomas

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