Meet the #SMCDC Iron Chef judges!

The Social Media Club-DC Holiday Iron Chef Competition & Party is tomorrow and what would Iron Chef be without its panel of judges?

Meet the five judges who will decide the fate of our Iron Chefs. All of them are talented food bloggers based in Washington, D.C. and none of them can be bribed ;). Here is a little more about each of them – some of this information was supplied to us by our judges themselves or taken from their respective blogs. Don’t forget to come meet them in person at tomorrow’s event!

When: Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Meet the Iron Chef judges:

Katie Test, We Love DC, @isitdinneryet

Stefanie Gans, Endless Simmer, @gansie

Monica Bhide, A Life of Spice, @mbhide

Mary Cunningham, Arugula Files, @arugulafiles

Jon Eick, So Good Blog, @sogoodblog

Katie Test, We Love DC, @isitdinneryet

Is the food editor at the local news and culture blog She hails from Charlotte, North Carolina and is a born and bred Tar Heel! Katie started writing for WLDC in the fall of 2008 and quickly took the reigns on the food features. She has high goals to eat her way through the entire city, with only her running shoes to save her from herself. Katie’s favorite foods are potatoes, toffee and cheese – but admits that she will eat pretty much anything set in front of her, except for bananas. No bananas. No way, no how. Katie’s beverage preferences include Chimay, Lambics and milk. Katie cooks only occasionally as her busy going out and restaurant sampling schedule leaves little time for cooking projects. That said, when she does cook, Katie’s dishes are something to be proud of.

Stefanie Gans, Endless Simmer, @gansie

Being named editor of her sixth grade yearbook, Stephanie has enjoyed writing even before Carrie Bradshaw made it such a glamorous profession. While her first magazine internship led her to interview Joe Rogan, tattoo artists and yet-to-be heard of bands, she has luckily found her way to the world of food. To support her eating habit, Gansie works for a national foundation advocating for working women. Her writing has appeared in Express, The Onion’s AV Club , Washington Post.comBusinessWoman Magazine and Young Women Misbehavin’. Stephanie is a proud native of Cherry Hill, New Jersey and currently living in D.C.

Monica Bhide, A Life of Spice, @mbhide

Monica has talked about morels with the grand-old Chef extraordinaire Imtiaz Querishi in Mumbai; sampled hamur on dhows in Dubai; sipped camel’s milk in Bahrain; followed a superstar food critic around Mumbai and an anonymous one in D.C.; presented Spices and Rices at the French Embassy in D.C. and gotten lost on the backstreets of Delhi searching for the perfect paratha; tapaoed in D.C. with Chef Jose Andres and sampled the amazing cuisine of Chef Ananda Solomon; taught cooking on-line (yes it can be done) and in her cooking school; sampled flights of honey and hosted colorful henna parties each spring.  She has published articles in national and international publications, appeared on television and published three books and she writes monthly columns for the Washington Post, ARRIVE Magazine and AARP’s online magazine. Originally from India, Monica moved to the United States in 1991. Her passion for cooking exists at the intersection where food and culture meet to delight our taste buds and make life more interesting.

Mary Cunningham, Arugula Files, @arugulafiles

Mary is originally from the Boston area where everything is “wicked delicious.” She moved to D.C. about 13 years ago and admits that it took her years (years!) to stop carrying around an extra sweater during the summer (Boston evenings get cold) and to start carrying an umbrella when it snows (DC snow is just rain disguised as snow). Mary lives in Dupont Circle, and while she still complains about the weather, she considers herself a true Washingtonian who loves D.C.. Mary is a policy researcher during the day. Her blogging started as a way for her to channel her creativity and interest in writing and photography and combine it with something that she loves – food. Mary also wanted to start shopping at farmer’s markets, use fresh ingredients, and learn to cook. Her blog records that journey (and other food adventures around town) and motivates her (and us!) to try new things. When she cooks, Mary likes simple, fresh ingredients that produce big flavor. Her favorite foods:  crabs, shrimp, Brussels sprouts, eggplant, mushrooms, pasta, polenta, grits, parmesan cheese, garlic, chorizo, capers, lemon, cilantro, basil, kale, sweet potatoes.  Actually, it is much easier to list what she doesn’t like: green beans, parsnips, and sardines.

Jon Eick, So Good Blog, @sogoodblog

Jon is the author of So Good, a food / humor blog that takes a keen interest in observing how food companies market and advertise their products while offering up intriguing Would You Rather? questions and food based Rants. Jon is a humorist, writer and marketing consultant with a background in stand-up, improv, sketch comedy and eating.  Originally from Vermont, Jon currently resides in Washington, D.C.  where he works as an Online Brand Manager for the communications firm New Media Strategies. Jon is uniquely qualified to run a blog focused on food and beverages, having eaten food on a daily basis for the last 28 years. Additionally, a recent study of Jon in social settings found that a stunning 59% of his stories contain the word “sandwich.”

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