Tanya Steel is a global leader in the food world. She’s the Executive Director of the Careers through Culinary Arts Program and the Award Director for the Julia Child Award.

The author of three books, the newest of which is Food Fight: A Mouthwatering History of Who Ate What & Why Through the Ages, an Amazon Best Children’s Book of the Year, she conceived of Canada’s Kid Food Nation, as well as the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids’ “State Dinner” with First Lady Michelle Obama. This annual White House competition and event occurred for five years and Steel spoke four times at the White House podium in the East Room.

She was the Executive Director of the International Association of Culinary Professionals; an Adjunct Professor at New York University; the former Editorial Director of Clean Plates, Epicurious, Gourmet Live, and Gourmet.com; was an editor at Bon Appetit and Food & Wine, and wrote for The New York Times for four years. She co-wrote the award-winning Real Food for Healthy Kids, and The Epicurious Cookbook, which debuted on The New York Times’ bestselling list.

Inducted into the Digital Hall of Fame, she won a James Beard Award for Journalism, and with a talented team, won dozens of awards including Webbys, ASMEs, James Beards, and an Emmy. She has appeared on dozens of network television shows, including many appearances on the Today Show, CBS The Early Show, Hell’s Kitchen, Master Chef, Chef’s Table, and others. She is the proud mother of two sons. She is a support group volunteer for the Association of Frontal Temporal Degeneration and is working on a book for caregivers of dementia patients.