Shannon Ratliff

    Shannon is the Managing Editor of Wide Open Eats. She's from Maryland, but made her way to Texas by way of Colorado, so she puts both Old Bay and chili verde on her breakfast tacos. She's worked in seafood restaurants and bakeries, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing. She still can't manage to not splatter tomato juice on herself when dumping a can of San Marzano peeled tomatoes into her skillet, but is never far from a glass of cava.

    Lyndsay Burginger

    Lyndsay is the Recipe Writer here at Wide Open Eats. She currently resides in Florida, but she considers herself a nomad due to the fact she's lived in all four corners of the United States. Lyndsay has worked for companies such as America's Test Kitchen and Disney, and holds a B.A. in Creative Writing and an A.A.S in Culinary Arts. When she's not writing or cooking you can find Lyndsay traveling the world on her blog, Lyndsay's Travel Kitchen.


    Carissa Stanz

    Carissa Stanz was born and raised in the suburbs of the Bay Area. She is a graduate of San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Television, Film, and New Media. An avid traveler, her passion for writing, photography, and good beer lead her to set out on an expedition across the USA. Inspired by culture and an appreciation of food, she works as a freelance writer traveling the country. She writes about good eats, healthy living, and off-the-beaten-path discoveries.

    Lindsay Mattison

    Lindsay D. Mattison is a professional chef and a food writer. After graduating from Cascade Culinary school, Lindsay became the Executive Chef at Jackson's Corner in Bend, OR, where she remained from 2013 to 2016. She has a genuine passion for food and sustainable food practices. She recently found the farmer in herself and has been enjoying the trials and errors of small plot farming in Durango, CO. She is currently writing a cookbook that aims to teach home cooks how to write without a recipe, tentatively titled "The Art of Bricolage: Cultivating Confidence and Creativity in the Kitchen." Check out her food blog, Zest and Tang, at http://www.zestandtang.com

    Cara Geertsema

    Cara grew up in northern New Jersey and still resides there with her husband Jake, along with her amusing Rhodesian Ridgeback, Abner. She has been passionate about cooking from a young age and decided where she wanted to go to college at the age of ten. After high school, she attended The Culinary Institute of America where she received her degree in baking and pastry. Upon graduating, she worked in several bakeries and gained extensive experience, but developed an interest in writing. Cara started a blog in 2012 called Chef and Dog where she shares her recipes as well as her adventures with Abner-www.thechefandthedog.wordpress.com. Cara is the go-to cake baker and decorator for her friends and family, and she is grateful that her KitchenAid mixer is still going strong after 15 years! When she’s not in the kitchen, she can be found hiking, spending time with her big Italian family or watching cheesy thriller movies.