Ann Taylor Pittman
Ann Taylor Pittman is the Executive Editor at Cooking Light magazine. She is the recipient of two James Beard Foundation Awards: a feature writing award for “Mississippi Chinese Lady Goes Home to Korea” and a cookbook award for co-authoring Cooking Light’s The New Way to Cook Light. She joined the Cooking Light family in November 1998; prior to that, she was an English instructor at Mississippi State University. Ann lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband, twin boys, big dog, and little dog.
Chef Jessica Henry is an Assistant Professor of Culinary Arts at the Culinary Arts Institute at MUW in Columbus. She obtained her B.S. in Culinary Arts from MUW and has since worked in many areas of the culinary and hospitality world including Walt Disney World Resort. Chef Jess holds a M.S. in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Auburn University. During her time at MUW she has been selected to serve as the ProStart Coordinator and works very closely with multiple states across the southeast to promote ProStart (a national high school culinary program and curriculum) in secondary education settings and works to promote post-secondary culinary education. This work has created an opportunity for Jessica to judge multiple culinary competitions across the country. She also works very closely with the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation to pursue growth and change on the national ProStart level.
Andy Chapman and his wife Marianna lead the popular “Eat” family of culinary blogs and events that include EatJackson.com, EatMSCoast.com, and EatYall.com. They are the creators of Jackson Restaurant Week and the proprietary dine for charity model that drives it as well as an upscale pop-up BBQ experience called Q with a View and a fine food and drink dinner series called Grapes vs. Grains. They also host signature culinary events annually including the Mississippi Seafood Experience and Sweetest Chefs of the South, both qualifying events for the World Food Championships. A true family business, they’ve partnered with their three children to craft and market their own artisan line of gourmet sauces and seasonings, and when they can, they like to help other small gourmet makers do the same.
Founded in 2009 with the quiet launch of a new Twitter account, their business has grown today to a team of ten - and counting. Eat Y’all is their team's personal journey of culinary exploration, a world of culinary destinations and adventure, nostalgia, ingredients, techniques and resources accented by their Southern hospitality wherever they are - whomever is near. Their intent is to give a straightforward, honest and easy to understand perspective that will open up the world of food to everyone.
Andy is a passionate teacher of outdoor cooking, and he particularly enjoys hunting and fishing then cooking his catch and sharing a nice bourbon with friends. A renaissance man, Andy also writes music, plays guitar and enjoys the rare round of golf.