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Elizabeth Beal

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A lover of all things spicy and strange, Elizabeth started her work with Whole Foods Market wrapping cheese and peddling chocolates in Raleigh, N.C. Though her background in opera and fiction writing didn't necessarily scream "natural foods store," she quickly found this company was the perfect place to blend her passion for unusual dishes and people, and explore the stories behind the food we eat. She works on the company newsletters and homepage and is steadily making her way up the Scoville chart of local Texas peppers.

Page Brady

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Paige Brady joined Whole Foods Market in 1993 and, after working in various other businesses, found that the stakeholder philosophy and commitment to team member excellence allowed her to focus her passion on communication. From internal team member newsletters to editing our website, Paige has spent years immersing herself in what makes Whole Foods Market tick. She doesn’t claim to know all the answers, but she knows the people who do. When she’s not working, Paige is a dedicated mother of a tween daughter and an accomplished home cook – not of dinner party-type food but of the kind that you eat day in and day out.

Carrie Brownstein

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As our Seafood Quality Standards Coordinator, Carrie’s work currently focuses on developing and enhancing quality standards for seafood sold at Whole Foods Market. She analyzes critical issues in both ocean fisheries and aquaculture and works with producers to develop solutions that encourage greater sustainability in the seafood marketplace. After getting a Masters degree in Environmental Management from Duke University, where she focused on fisheries management, Carrie worked as an independent consultant for a range of environmental NGOs and for five years as the research and outreach coordinator for the Blue Ocean Institute’s seafood sustainability program. However, her roots in seafood go farther back: her family has been in the seafood business since 1909.

Allison Burch

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Allison honed her adventurous palate, appreciation of ethnic cuisine and taste for fresh fruits and veggies in her hometown of Hilo, Hawaii. She considers herself lucky to work for a company that shares her enthusiasm for good food and conscious living. With a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science, Allison gets to combine her love of finding and sharing information with her love of good food as the Content Creator and Administrator for our Integrated Media Team. She enjoys the good life with her family in Austin, Texas - hiking, travelling, scuba diving and, of course, eating!

Jennifer Cheng

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Jennifer’s curiosity in all things food-related began at a young age through memorable experiences watching PBS cooking shows with her grandmother, first-hand cooking lessons from her mother and exploring ethnic foods and traditions with an adventurous aunt. After graduating with a degree in English, she wrote in all sorts of capacities about a variety of subjects from deadly diseases to luxury sheets, so she was elated to finally combine her loves of food and writing as a writer for Whole Foods Market. A native Texan and Austinite since 1999, Jennifer enjoys nightswimming at Barton Springs, discovering new music each year at SXSW and throwing themed potlucks. She is also a little obsessed with New York City and will frequently use any excuse she can to have a picnic.

McKinzey Crossland

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Malia Curran

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Malia Curran, MS, MPH is a national and regional nutrition consultant for Whole Foods Market. Malia is the founder of Malia’s Wholesome Health, Nutrition Consulting, and focuses on healthy household makeovers. She holds a Master’s degree in Nutrition Science & Food Policy from The Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts University, and a Master’s degree in Public Health from Tufts School of Medicine. As a nutritionist, writer, and health consultant, she lectures and writes on a wide range of natural healthy lifestyle topics.

Frances Flower

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A native Brit, Frances Flower joined Whole Foods Market in 2006 and currently works as an animal production and welfare expert, helping to implement the 5-Step Program. She’s lived in the US, Scotland, and Canada while getting degrees in Zoology, Animal Behavior, and Animal Welfare. Frances cares about how farm animals are raised and is excited to be part of the 5-Step Program. Now settled in Austin, she enjoys running and is passionate about volunteering for a local animal non-profit org. She also loves to garden, which is very fitting given her last name!

The Editors of Food52

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A few years ago, we set out to bring cooks together from all over to exchange recipes and ideas and to support each other in the kitchen. We wanted to create a buzzing place for others who do what we do all day long: talk about food! Together we create cookbooks, take on food projects, help others with our real-time food Q&A -- the Food52 Hotline -- and support local food producers. Since we started Food52 (we cook 52 weeks a year, get it?), millions of cooks and eaters have found their way to the site.

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Allison Kociuruba

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Allison Kociuruba is a recipe developer and writer who began her work with Whole Foods Market on the marketing team in Austin, Texas. Before that, she worked in several top New York City restaurant kitchens, including Café Boulud and Butter, as well as the Test Kitchen at Good Housekeeping Magazine, where she was the Senior Food Editor. Allison is now living and cooking in the Bay Area while contributing recipes to wholefoodsmarket.com.

Megan Myers

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Megan’s love affair with food began with clipping recipes from coupon circulars at a young age and forcing the results on her family. After earning a BA in journalism, she moved to Austin, Texas, and dove headfirst into the world of cooking and blogging about local food. She has worked as a copyeditor for almost ten years, and has contributed to Edible Austin and the international blog Simple Bites. In her spare time she gardens, teaches her son about food, and co-organizes a handmade food swap.

Cecilia Nasti

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Cecilia Nasti is an organic food gardener and enthusiastic home cook. She produces and hosts the weekly radio feature Field & Feast broadcast on public radio in Austin, Texas. A nature lover, she also produces and hosts Passport to Texas, a daily statewide radio series about the outdoors for Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Christine O'Connor

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With fond memories of picking berries from her grandma’s garden in Pennsylvania, Christine developed a love of food at a young age. After graduating from Penn State University with a degree in business, Christine worked as a consultant in Washington DC for a number of years; while writing for a local cooking newspaper on the side. Eager to turn her passion for food into a full-time career, she accepted an IT position with Whole Foods Market in 2007 and never looked back. In her free time, Christine enjoys cooking, travel, running and yoga.

Ryan Ochsner

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As a professional Nashville musician turned food nerd, Ryan’s journey to Whole Foods Market was unanticipated and rewarding. His passion for food was born at an intersection where curiosity for cooking met necessity for quality ingredients while traveling on the road. In September 2013, Ryan relocated to San Francisco for a new role as a Store Marketing Team Leader. He is extremely thankful to work for a company where he gets to share his passion for food, knowledge, and quality standards on a daily basis.

Lindsay Robison

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Kate Rowe

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From haute cuisine to collard greens, Kate is eager to discuss the latest trends in the food world. Kate joined Whole Foods Market in 2005 and now serves as senior editor for the website and email newsletters. After graduating from the University of Virginia, she worked for a French wine importer in Napa Valley, California, before moving to France to pursue her passion for French language, culture and cuisine. Kate taught English at a high school in Burgundy for a year and then landed a spot as an intern at nearby La Varenne cooking school. She stayed on for three years as associate course director for La Varenne and editorial assistant to the school’s founder, cookbook author Anne Willan. Now based in Austin, Kate enjoys the challenge of mastering the art of backyard vegetable gardening.

Paige Schilt

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Molly Siegler

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As a classically trained chef with a political science degree, Molly puts her food fascination to work as the Culinary Content Editor for Whole Foods Market, coordinating the creation and curation of editorial culinary content -- primarily recipes -- for the website, email newsletter campaigns, social media channels and more. Nothing excites Molly more than discovering a fun new food combination or tradition, and her position with Whole Foods ensures she'll never be alone in her search.

Elizabeth Smith

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John Stewart

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John grew up in Iran, Norway, Indonesia and other points Middle East, not realizing how this fact schooled his palate in the ways of adventurous eating until he moved back stateside in the 90s and couldn’t find decent labneh. His years in the world of marketing and launching food and wine brands have fired his passion for discovering that new flavor, intriguing texture or soon-to-be-hot varietal. Getting to share his gastro-viticultural knowledge with Whole Foods Market readers makes him very happy indeed. A few more ingredients for his happiness recipe: kayaking, playing the drums, getting into the zone in the kitchen, and being a husband and dad in Austin, Texas. 

Cathy Strange

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Cathy Strange joined Whole Foods Market in 1990 and has a wealth of food industry experience and expertise. As the global cheese buyer, she has become an authority at detecting international food trends during her travels around the world while seeking out vendor partners that meet Whole Foods Market’s strict Quality Standards. She is a member of the American Cheese Society and the Cheese of Choice Coalition and the Cheese Importers Association. Strange works with small producers helping them sustain a profitable business. She was recently inducted into the distinguished international Guilde des Fromagers de Saint-Uguzon, the most celebrated association of cheese mongers and specialists in France. Strange is one of very few Americans inducted into the prestigious guild of cheese trade professionals, recognized for comprehensive knowledge and attention to the merits of French cheese.

Alana Sugar

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Alana Sugar is a Certified Nutritionist with many years experience as a Dietary Consultant. She resides in Alexandria, Virginia where she works teaching classes, facilitating seminars, consulting with individual clients, writing articles, and creating healthy, all-natural recipes. Alana's currently works with The American Institute for Cancer Research, Whole Foods Market, The United States Federal Government, the City of Alexandria, VA, and the City of Rockville, MD. She has been working with Whole Foods Market for 25 years.

Alice K. Thompson

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Alice has been cooking, baking and paging through cookbooks since as early as she can remember. A former travel editor, she swooned when she found out that “food writer” and “recipe developer” were actual job titles and quickly enrolled in culinary school. She lives and works in Brooklyn.

Jody Villecco

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Jody Villecco holds a degree in nutrition from Cornell University and has been with Whole Foods Market since 1997. As Quality Standards Coordinator, Jody is responsible for developing and communicating the company's Quality Standards and keeping the company current on nutritional issues. She is also the Company’s top nutritionist. Previously, Jody was a nutritionist in private practice where she counseled patients and taught nutrition classes to children, adults and new moms. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree in nutritional anthropology at the University of Colorado. In her spare time, Jody enjoys ballet dancing, learning Italian and French, cooking with fresh, seasonal foods and continuing to learn more about her passions: food, nutrition, and most recently, natural personal care.