Carney is the publisher and founder of eat. drink. MISSISSIPPI, a bi-monthly magazine dedicated to the hospitality and passion for food Mississippi is known for. A graduate of Hinds Community College, she also serves as associate editor of the Lawrence County Press and finance manager of the Copiah County Courier. She is a graphic designer at all publications as well. Born and raised in Monticello, she currently lives in Ridgeland. She is married to John Carney, who serves as executive editor of eat. drink. MISSISSIPPI and is publisher of the Lawrence County Press. They are the parents of two children, Anne Morgan, 21, and John Taylor, 17.
Chef Erich Ogle
Chef Erich Ogle is a native of Southwest Virginia but has called Mississippi home for over twenty years. Chef Erich graduated from MUW in 1996 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and from the Culinary Arts Institute in 1999. After working at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, MS and at multiple locations in Destin, Florida, he joined the faculty of The Culinary Arts Institute in 2005. He graduated from the University of Adelaide and La Foundation Le Cordon Blue with a MA in Gastronomy in 2011. He joined the faculty of Hinds Community College in 2016. He is involved with the National Restaurant Association and the ProStart programs at the state and national levels and is co-author of the National Restaurant Association Foundation text books used to teach culinary arts across the nation.
Mississippi Magazine's Patty Roper, a native Jacksonian, received her degree from the University of Mississippi. She taught in the Jackson Public Schools for nine years. She is a member of First Presbyterian Church where she has served on the decorations committee, the flower committee, the missions conference, and the receptions committee. She has served on other committees with First Presbyterian Day School, Jackson Preparatory School, Art for Heart, the Gallery Guild of the Mississippi Museum of Art, the Symphony League, several garden clubs, Bible studies, and various volunteer organizations. Patty entertains family and friends with a simple approach to beauty and elegance and prepares classic Southern recipes. She shares her innovative decorating and entertaining ideas in the Easy Does It Entertaining, Easy Does It Projects, Patty’s Picks, and Patty Loves departments of Mississippi Magazine. She is the author of 5 entertaining and recipe books: Easy Hospitality, Easy Does It Entertaining, At the Table with Patty Roper, Easy Parties and Wedding Celebrations and Easy Does It Winners and Favorites. She is currently the editorial director for Mississippi Magazine and lives in Flowood, Mississippi, with her husband Richard and has one adult daughter Beth.
MasterChef Junior Mark Coblentz
Mark is the 14-year-old son of Robbie and Bonnie Coblentz of Starkville. He has an older brother, David, who is 15. Mark is an ninth grade student at Starkville High School. He has two national television credentials in his budding cooking career.
In the fall of 2015, Mark was a finalist on Chopped Junior on the Food Network. The Chopped franchise has a strong following, and Mark was on the first season of the junior version Food Network filmed of this popular show. He spent a week in New York City filming for Chopped Junior. In December 2015, he auditioned for MasterChef Junior on FOX. He was selected in early 2016 for Season 5, and spent six weeks in Los Angeles for the filming. During this time, he spent 11 hour days working, filming and in school. That show aired this spring. He filmed two shows for this season’s Fit to Eat program airing now on Mississippi Public Broadcasting with Chef Rob Stinson. He will be back in New York City at the end of July for two days of shooting for Wonderama, a children’s variety show. He will be featured on four upcoming shows of this nationally syndicated program.Mark traces his love for cooking back to frequent dinners cooked at home and making cookies and homemade rolls with his grandmothers. Once inspired by a dish or a recipe, he likes to make it his own, changing ingredients and shaping it with his own flair. When he’s not cooking, he likes to hunt, play rec basketball, read and hang out with friends. He is a center on his ninth grade football team, and runs and works out all year to stay in game shape. He is a member of Pinelake Church, where he participates in the youth group.