Tanya Steel is Editorial Director of Clean Plates, a food and wellness content brand. For two years she was CEO of two companies: Tanya Wenman Steel LLC, a media consultancy agency focusing on content creation across all platforms, and Cooking Up Big Dreams, a company that creates culinary television and video content for kids and adults alike. She is also the Award Director of the Julia Child Award and is the creator of the recently launched Kids’ News World, a site that features extraordinary kids doing extraordinary things.
From 2005 to 2013, Tanya Steel was Editor-in-Chief of Epicurious, the most award-winning digital food brand. Under her tenure and with the help of many brilliant people, Epicurious won 3 American Society of Magazine Editor awards including one for General Excellence, 2 James Beards, 11 Webbys, 1 New York Emmy, and dozens more awards. She was inducted into MIN’s Digital Hall of Fame; herself won a James Beard’s award for Magazine Restaurant Review, 2003 and a World Gourmand Cookbook Award for Children, 2009.
In 2011, Steel was appointed Editor-in-Chief of the Gourmet brand, Gourmet.com and Gourmet Live, and the latter was awarded MIN’s Digital Magazine of the Year. Prior to 2005, Steel was an editor at Bon Appétit; Food & Wine; Mademoiselle; and Diversion magazines. She wrote for many publications, including The New York Times, (1994 to 1998), Child, New York Magazine, Travel & Leisure and more.
In 2008, Ms. Steel coauthored the award-winning Real Food for Healthy Kids. Her second book, The Epicurious Cookbook debuted on The New York Times‘ best seller list in November 2012. She is currently at work on her third book, tentatively titled Eat The Past: A History of Food for Kids, to be published in September 2018 by National Geographic Kids.
Steel conceived and created The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids’ “State Dinner,” a national recipe contest for kids aged 8 to 12. Winners from all 50 states and 6 U.S. Territories attend a special Kids’ “State Dinner” event at the White House each year. At the first one, held in August of 2012, more than 1,500 news outlets carried coverage of the event where Steel delivered her remarks in the East Room before Mrs. Obama and President Obama took the stage. The second annual Kids’ State Dinner was held in July 2013 and garnered more than 1 billion press impressions. Each year, the competition is held in the spring and the event in the summer.
She is on the advisory board for Share Our Strength, is an avid supporter of Feeding America; on the Culinary Council for the Food Bank For New York City; the Kitchen Cabinet for the Smithsonian Museum of American History, and an advisor for 1,000 Days.
Ms. Steel appears very frequently on national news and entertainment programs, including the more than two dozen times on the Today Show, numerous times on The Early Show, twice on Dr. Oz, Good Morning America, CNN, Fox & Friends, five times on Hell’s Kitchen, twice on MasterChef, Iron Chef and Access Hollywood. She was the host of ABC News’ Chef’s Table show for the 2011-2012 season.