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Dana Cowin is an American editor, author and radio show host, best known for her two decades as the Editor-in-Chief of Food & Wine. During her tenure at the magazine (1995-2016), she expanded and introduced the magazine's annual Best New Chefs award and Most Innovative Women in Food & Drink. After Food & Wine, Cowin joined the restaurant group Chefs Club as a scout, selecting chefs from around the world to be featured on their curated menus. Cowin moved on to launch DBC Creative, a branding consultancy, and to become host of “Speaking Broadly” on Heritage Radio Network, interviewing women in the food industry about their greatest challenges and triumphs.
Cowin has been a judge on Bravo’s Top Chef, a presenter at TedXManhattan, a lecturer at the Food & Wine Classic and other food festivals. In 2014, Cowin published Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen: Learning to Cook with 65 Great Chefs and Over 100 Delicious Recipes. Cowin serves on the Board of Directors of City Harvest, a hunger-relief organization, and Hot Bread Kitchen, a work force development group. For her contributions to the culinary world, Cowin was inducted in to the James Beard Foundation's Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America in 2012.
- Winners 2012 James Beard Foundation
- "Weddings; Dana Cowin, Barclay Palmer, The New York Times, 17 May 1998