Tanya Steel is a global leader in the food, health and wellness worlds. Most recently she initiated Canada's Kid Food Nation, Scotland’s Junior Chef Cook-Off, as well as the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids’ “State Dinner” with First Lady Michelle Obama, an annual event at the White House from 2012 to 2016. She’s also the Award Director for the Julia Child Award and is a best-selling cookbook author. Her third book, Food Fight: A Mouthwatering History of Who Ate What And Why Through the Ages, was published by National Geographic Kids in the fall of 2018. As CEO of Tanya Wenman Steel LLC & Cooking Up Big Dreams LLC, she consults on multi-platform media initiatives that focus on culinary and wellness platforms.
Prior to this, she was the Editorial Director of Clean Plates, and for eight years was Editor-in-Chief/Editorial Director of Epicurious, which she, with many talented colleagues, turned into the most award-winning digital lifestyle food brand on the web; after stepping down she served as Special Project Contributor. Under her tenure, Epicurious won 3 ASMEs, including one for General Excellence, 2 James Beards, 11 Webbys, 1 New York Emmy, and dozens more award. She also helmed the creation and development of the most award-winning food app.
In 2011, Steel was also appointed E.I.C of the Gourmet brand--Gourmet.com and Gourmet Live, which was awarded MIN's Digital Magazine of the Year. She was inducted into MIN's Digital Hall of Fame; won a personal James Beard's award for Magazine Restaurant Review, 2003; and a World Gourmand Cookbook Award for Children, 2009, for Real Food for Healthy Kids.
She was an editor at Bon Appétit for a decade; and also an editor at Food & Wine; Mademoiselle; and Diversion, and wrote for many publications, including The New York Times from 1994 to 1998.
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.
In 2011, with the First Lady, Michelle Obama, the White House, Epicurious, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Education, Steel created and helped produce The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids’ “State Dinner,” a national recipe contest with winners attending a special event at the White House 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. Kids' State Dinners have since been held every year through 2016. Each garnered more than 1 billion press impressions in the subsequent 48 hours. Ms. Steel was honored to speak at four of the five White House events in the East Room.
She is on the advisory board for Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters; is a member of Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History's Kitchen Cabinet; an avid supporter of Feeding America; on the Culinary Council for the Food Bank For New York City. She worked closely with the Food Bank of Delaware and 9-year-old Braeden Mannering to create a hunger conference for and with kids—the first of its kind.
Ms. Steel appears very frequently on national news and entertainment programs, including more than 20 times on the Today Show, Good Morning America, nearly a dozen times on The Early Show, twice on Dr. Oz, CNN, Fox & Friends, five times on Hell's Kitchen, twice on MasterChef, as well as Iron Chef and Access Hollywood. She was the host of ABC News' Chef's Table show from 2011 to 2012. She has identical twin sons and lives in Connecticut.