Mary was born and raised in New York City where her family owned restaurants. Instead of eating dirt on the playground, she ate duck blood, beef tripe and pork belly. You never know what you're going to find on the sidewalks.
She cut her teeth at The Mandarin Oriental and The Ritz-Carlton hotels, working with Barbra Streisand, Vanessa Williams, Michael Stipe, LeVar Burton, Jane Krakowski and others. Mary founded Girl Meets Food in 2009 as a cover for her debilitating addiction to fried chicken and was named Washington Post’s “Favorite Local Foodie.” After 13 years in hospitality, she started freelance writing for USA Today, The Washington Post, Eater, Washington City Paper, and more. Today, she provides digital marketing for hospitality clients as a content creator who’s contently creating content.
Lisha grew up in her potty-mouthed grandma's soulful kitchen, asked for a bread-maker on her 11th birthday, loves whiskey and once ate a whole spit-roasted guinea pig in Ecuador. Lisha has been a GMF contributor since 2011, and now lives in Oakland, CA, where the intersection of food, identity, and community has sparked her interest in sustainable and equitable dining. When she's not working as a finance professional and dance instructor, Lisha is side-hustling as a biscuit entrepreneur.
It probably began the moment she compared her 3-month-old niece’s thighs to Pillsbury croissants. From a fancy gourmet McDonald's to a corner street taco truck, Asia's stops prove that love bites—and biting back is always worth it. If it can be stuffed inside bread, drizzled in sauce, or sends that top pants button popping off, she knows food has been done right. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Asia has been with GMF since 2011, and currently works at a communications agency in the city and spends most of her free time painting, baking cookies, and scouring for dinner recipes requiring the least amount of dishwashing.
Amanda Jane Cooney
Amanda Jane has been with GMF since 2011. She took a leap across the pond to settle down in Dublin, Ireland. This native Upstate New Yorker started her food adventures with beer and pub food and has since graduated to tasting menus as Three Star Michelin Restaurants. But living in a pub town, she still enjoys a cold Guinness and humble Irish lamb stew.
Jai is a culinary/travel photographer, author whose photography has been seen in publications such as Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Munchies (VICE), and Ad Week. Jai has been with GMF since 2014 is the former GMF Editor-in-Chief. She has photographed for both domestic and international tourism boards. Additionally, her work was selected as a semi-finalist in competitions such as Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington's RAMMYs in Focus, and The Historical Society of D.C.'s For the Record. Contributing her photography to books like New York One-Food Wonders and Discovering Vintage Washington, DC, Jai's creative spirit focuses on the food, beverage, and travel industries. Co-authoring Plantations of Virginia with six-time New York Press Club award winner Charlene C. Giannetti, their book is currently in its third printing within a year of being released. Jai enjoys collaborating with her clients to bring their vision to life.
Nicole is a relationship builder and storyteller, ready for adventure and excited to see and capture what makes the world unique. By day, she works with government, corporations and nonprofit organizations and has experience in communications and marketing, program and project management, and design and advocacy. Perhaps naively, she is most interested in social impact and making the world a better place, and is particularly interested in where our food comes from and how it brings us together. She's also a proud feminist. Nicole has been with GMF since 2013, and is currently based in California with her family, where they spend time hiking, road tripping, visiting the farmers market, reading, and generally not sleeping enough.
Foram is a writer and editor who can't believe she spent most of her life as a picky eater. She's been with GMF since 2014, as the former NYC editor and now as a regular contributor. A Texas expat and former New Yorker currently living in San Francisco, Foram went vegan in 2015, while simultaneously uncovering the best veg-friendly spots in the city and around the world. She aims to eat at sustainable restaurants that use ethically-sourced ingredients and believes giving back to the community is paramount to a more harmonious world. Also, hot sauce and dessert.
Clementina was reared in a New York Italian, hippie-go-lucky vegetarian household in Houston, Texas. She is now a happy flexi-omnivore. She has been a GMF contributor since 2012 and likes to share cooking, eating and idea-trading around a big communal table with other cooks, eaters and idea-traders. She's lived all over this beautiful, expansive mind-state of America, building a family in all of its corners. She's also a physicist, or something like that, and she is genuinely interested in most all things. Please do come say hello.
A foodie in perpetual wanderlust, Rose makes it a mission to sample the best ugly delicious delights around the world, but also enjoys the occasional dress-code-required fare and is always ready for a spot of afternoon tea. Currently based in the Boston area, she has been writing for GMF since 2013 and called DC, NYC, and Mexico City home. Rose is a graduate of the University of Virginia and New York University, and is on the board of the University of Virginia's Asian and Asian Pacific American Alumni Network as well as the Thomas Jefferson Partnership Fund, which supports the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia. She pays her bills by helping companies communicate with Wall Street as an investor relations professional.
Shaina is a double doodle-mom, travel-junkie, and one half of a couple that is the greatest food trend you've never heard of--Indian-Italian fusion (think butter chicken pizza!). During the week, she spends her early mornings hitting the pavement (or treadmill) and evenings perfecting the art of meal prepping. Shaina has been with GMF since 2013 and spends her weekends outdoors with the pups, checking out the latest and greatest restaurants in the DMV, or cuddled up on the couch with a glass of wine and the latest bingeworthy show.
Michelle was born and raised in San Francisco, but has lived in DC since Le Diplomate was an abandoned laundromat and ThinkFoodGroup was still a twinkle in José Andrés’ eye. As a young girl, she was quite the picky eater, but after studying in Europe and traveling across Africa and Asia for years working in international development, there is now almost nothing she won’t eat and no distance she won’t travel for a good meal. At 30, Michelle fell prey to every foodie’s dream quarter life crisis: she quit her job and enrolled in culinary school. Michelle has been with GMF since 2015 and now works in food sales, marketing, and culinary development, she explores dreamy food destinations on her own time. When not traveling the world, you can usually find her in her kitchen cooking up a storm for her friends, sneaking bites to her pup, and sipping on a big glass of Napa Valley Cabernet.
Marketing consultant, writer, culture connoisseur, aspiring vegan, wine and whiskey enthusiast, Jasmine Kent is an advocate for the creative community. Through all that she does, Jasmine works to shine a light on unseen talent, highlighting diverse stories by dynamic people. Jasmine has been with GMF since 2014 and is the Entertainment Chair of Los Angeles Urban League Young Professionals and manages brand partnerships for United Entertainment Group and QuarterMain Media.