Food Blog Forum

Building a Better Community, One Blogger at a Time

Orlando 2011


Jaden Hair is a television chef, food columnist and award-winning food blogger at Steamy Kitchen. You can watch her cook twice a month onDaytime Show, syndicated in 120 markets. Jaden is a food columnist for Discovery Health, TLC and for Tampa Tribune. Jaden is a cookbook author of The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook. With 90,000 followers, Jaden is one of the most influential people in food on Twitter. She has been featured on the Today Show, CBS Early Show, Martha Stewart Living Radio,, and Parents Magazine. Jaden was recently named one of the hottest women in food by SlashFood and also one of the best food bloggers on Twitter: SteamyKitchen

Scott Hair is a web developer responsible for making sure things run smoothly onFood Blog Forum, Steamy Kitchen and New Asian Cuisine. He is also part of the core development team on Poker X Factor, one of the largest poker learning forums in the world. Scott is a professional poker player, and believe it or not, web programming keeps him sane. Previous to poker and computers, Scott was a full-time Trainer on staff at Anthony Robbins seminars held world wide, guiding hundreds of thousands of people how to design and live their dreams. As the lead trainer for all of the 3-day Unleash the Power Within seminars, Scott traveled the world several times around. and around. and around.

Helene Dujardin moved from France to the US in the late 90s with a Masters in History, a suitcase and an old film camera. She started the award winning blog Tartelette in 2006 where she dedicates herself to the art of food, photography and styling. She has photographed numerous magazine features and 3 cookbooks to date: Deliciously Organic by Carrie Vitt (IFP), Tart Love by Holly Herrick (Gibbs-Smith) and Basic to Brilliant, Y’all by Virginia Willis (Ten Speed Press). Helene is currently working on her first book Foodography published by Wiley Publishing in May 2011. She currently lives in Charleston, South Carolina. Twitter: SweetTartelette

Lindsay Landis is a graphic designer and co-founder of Purr Design, a boutique design firm specializing in web and graphic design for independent bloggers and business owners. After graduating college with a degree in communication and graphic design, Lindsay moved to Nashville with her (then soon-to-be) husband, and together they started Purr Design, web and graphic design services. Lindsay is also a food blogger, her blog Love & Olive Oil chronicles her sweet and savory kitchen adventures. When she’s not busy drawing pretty pictures, Lindsay loves baking (she has quite the sweet tooth), and hanging out with the couple’s three crazy cats (a tortie, a tuxedo, and a tabby, oh my!) Twitter: LoveAndOliveOil

Peter Scott is Vice President of Business Development for IZEA, a social media marketing agency in Orlando. Peter leads a team responsible for the company’s public relations, marketing and partnership, initiatives. Peter serves as the president for the Orlando Regional Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, and is the host chapter co-chairman for the 2011 PRSA International Conference.  He sits on the Listening and Monitoring committee and is an observer for the Ethics Advisory Panel for the Word of Mouth Marketing Association. He also helped start Doterati, a technology and interactive marketing association in Orlando, Florida. Peter is a frequent speaker on industry related topics. He and his family live in Orlando. Twitter: PRScott

Jeff Houck is the food writer for the Tampa Tribune. He authors The Stew food blog and is host of the Table Conversations podcast for He also is a featured guest each week on the Top Chef Podcast for Creative Loafing in Tampa. He previously edited and reported for, The Palm Beach Post, The Florida Times-Union and The Anchorage Times. You can find him on Twitter: JeffHouck.

Heather McPherson is the Food Editor, restaurant reviewer and a multimedia journalist for the Orlando Sentinel. She oversees the weekly Cooking & Eating section and writes four weekly columns (food and culture, restaurant recipes and restaurant reviews) and provides daily content for, her blog and Twitter @ os_thedish. She is a past president of the Association of Food Journalists and currently serves on the AFJ Board of Directors. She wrote two cookbooks for Contemporary Books, edited four cookbooks for Tribune Publishing and is currently under contract with University Press of Florida to co-write a cookbook on Florida farms. The book will publish in October of 2012. She earned  a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the College of Journalism and Communication at the University of Florida. Born in Indianapolis, Ind., she and her husband Spencer Pettit live in Mount Dora. Twitter: OS_TheDish

Dawn Viola is a professional recipe developer, food writer, private chef, and the voice behind the award-winning food blog, Wicked Good Dinner. She also serves on the board of directors for Slow Food Orlando as vice president of communication. Dawn has appeared on Food Network, Martha Stewart Radio, Cooking with Emeril, and is a regular contributor to several food publications providing recipes and cooking tips for everyone from busy moms to culinary professionals. Twitter: DawnViola

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