Andie Mitchell is a New York Times bestselling author and the founder of the popular food and healthy lifestyle blog, AndieMitchell.com. Her memoir, It Was Me All Along, shares her inspiring journey to lose 135 pounds and find balance with food. It has received praise from Giada Di Laurentiis, Rosie O’Donnell, Good Morning America co-host, Lara Spencer, and Biggest Loser host, Alison Sweeney. The book was chosen as one of Amazon’s 100 Best Books of 2015, nominated for a 2015 Goodreads Choice Award, and picked as People Magazine’s Book of the Week. Her follow-up cookbook, Eating in the Middle: A Mostly Wholesome Cookbook, was selected as O Magazine’s Cookbook of the Month and was featured in the New York Times book review.
Ali Ebright is the creator of the food blog, Gimme Some Oven, where she is all about encouraging people to celebrate life around the table, nourished by simple, healthier, and delicious recipes. She created the blog as a hobby back in 2009, and now enjoys working on it full-time to support the millions of readers tuning in for new content each month. Outside of blogging, she enjoys spending time volunteering, traveling, pour-over-coffee-drinking, Barre3-ing, music-making, and spending time with dear friends.
Justin Willman is an American magician, comedian, and TV personality. He’s a frequent guest on The Tonight Show, Ellen, and Chelsea Lately; and he hosts the hit shows Cupcake Wars on the Food Network and Win, Lose or Draw on the Disney Channel. The Los Angeles Times calls him, a new breed of magician who’s making magic cool again for grown-ups. Time Out says his live show, has to be seen to be disbelieved. Justin’s Comedy Central Special Sleight of Mouth with Justin Willman (with co-executive producer Chris Hardwick) aired on April 6th, 2015.
Heidi Larsen is the founder, creative director and chief dishwasher of FoodieCrush.com, the blog and online magazine featuring seasonal, fresh, family-favorite recipes and inspiring photography. In addition to creating content for FoodieCrush, Heidi is a food photographer and stylist, recipe developer, digital eBook content creator and award-winning art director for national clients, publications and partners. She recently published the Nourished Planner, a printed daily planner for people like her who want to create order in their to-do lists, meal planning and calendaring. Heidi lives in Salt Lake City with her husband, daughter and three rescue mutts, all of whom make occasional appearances on FoodieCrush.
Trevor Debth is the co-founder, along with his wife Jennifer, of the food blog, Show Me the Yummy and the membership site, The Blog Village, helping bloggers create, grow and monetize their blogs. Trevor is responsible for all of the video creation for SMTY as well as the business and technical operations. He worked as a professional film editor and cinematographer in Los Angeles and has been editing film/video for the last twenty years. Trevor has a passion for teaching and sharing his knowledge with others and whether it’s at one of the SMTY Food Video Workshops, in The Blog Village or at a conference… he wants you to succeed!
Carrian Cheney is half of the husband/wife duo over at ohsweetbasil.com, a food blog all about reinventing family dinner. Carrian was born and raised in Vancouver, Washington so she grew up loving fresh produce from the garden, granola and all things green and lush. She believes that cooking is about more than just food, it’s about the stories and people behind it. She spends her time cooking with her husband and three children, getting outdoors and traveling and of course there’s nothing better than a cozy night at home in jammies.
Tieghan Gerard is a food photographer, stylist and recipe developer. Her first cookbook comes out fall 2017 (her favorite time of year!). Her blog, Half Baked Harvest is focused on fun and creative recipes, geared towards easy meals and low key entertaining. Tieghan loves to cook for her family of five picky brothers, a little sister and two busy parents. Tieghan’s passion for food photography and styling is displayed every day throughout her daily posts. Half Baked Harvest has a hearty mix of savory, sweet, healthy and indulgent recipes…with a good amount of chocolate. Every diet should include a little chocolate…balance is the key to life!
Jason Leake quit his corporate job in 2012 (the happiest day of his life outside of the obligatory wedding and child births!) to run the business side of his wife Lisa’s successful food blog, 100 Days of Real Food. The blog spawned multiple books, including her #1 NYT best selling cookbook by the same name. Jason wears many hats, manages a small team, and focuses on monetization and operations. He loves to talk shop with other bloggers and find new ways to optimize and diversify the business. Outside of work, you might find Jason eating amazing food, riding a motorcycle in Baja, backpacking in the mountains with the family, rock climbing, mountain biking, traveling the world, skateboarding, driving too fast, working on the house, or washing dishes. Lots of dishes.
Comic Book Geek, KU Jayhawks Fan, and SEO Casey Markee is the Founder of the San Diego-based digital consultancy Media Wyse and the Lead SEO Consultant for industry-leading SEO education site SearchEngineNews.com. Casey has over 18 yrs experience in the fields of SEO & Digital Marketing and has trained internet marketing teams on five different continents. Casey’s specialty is site auditing and he’s conducted over 500+ site audits worldwide including dozens within the food blogging niche. Elise Bauer with SimplyRecipes.com, Meathead with AmazingRibs.com, Jaden and Scott Hair with SteamyKitchen.com and Bjork Ostrom with FoodBloggerPro.com are just a few of the many well-known bloggers and blogs to which he has consulted. A noted speaker with credits including Techmunch, IACP, Food Bloggers Canada, SMX Advanced, Pubcon, State of Search, and more, Casey has over 400+ published bylines and is one of the authors of the Unfair Advantage Book to Winning the Search Engine Wars currently on its 250th edition and the OLDEST continuously updated SEO how-to guide in the world. Download it for free at Search Engine Book. When Casey isn’t working with food bloggers he spends his free time with his wife, two kids, two cats, three dogs and a large assortment of horses and other rescue animals.
Sally McKenney, of Sally’s Baking Addiction, has made the internet a sweeter place! She is a full-time blogger, photographer, and baking addict sharing her favorite recipes with over 8 million monthly blog readers. Sally is also the author of two best-selling cookbooks, Sally’s Baking Addiction and Sally’s Candy Addiction. Sally also blogs for People magazine’s website and has a massive social media following. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Kevin, and their dog, Jude. Read more about Sally here.
Jocelyn Delk Adams is the author of the award winning and Amazon best selling cookbook Grandbaby Cakes and the founder of Grandbaby Cakes, a food blog which gives her family’s, particularly her grandmother’s, cherished generational recipes her modern spin while preserving the most important ingredient- tradition. Jocelyn has been a brand ambassador and writer for top brands such as Coca-Cola, Pillsbury, McCormick, Safest Choice Eggs, and KitchenAid. In the short span of 3 years, Grandbaby Cakes has been featured on the TODAY Show, The Rachael Ray Show, ABC World News Now, Hallmark Channel, Better Homes and Gardens, O (The Oprah) Magazine, The Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS, Essence Magazine, Southern Living Magazine, The New York Times Online, and many, many more. Read more about Jocelyn here.
Kayley McCabe is the author of the blog The Kitchen McCabe where she shares her passion for making and baking pretty things as well as recipes based on wholesome, healthy ingredients. She is a Culinary Graduate and freelance recipe developer and has done work for companies such as Hershey’s, Coca-cola, and Cake Mate. She originally started blogging as a way to catalogue the recipes she developed and ended up falling in love with food photography. She is a self-taught photographer and has had her work featured on platforms such as Country Living, Redbook, The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, 100 Layer Cake, & The Kitchn. Come see some of her gorgeous food photos here.
Maria Lichty is the co-founder of Two Peas and Their Pod, which she writes with her husband Josh. The blog is full of simple, fresh, and family friendly recipes. Maria also blogs about travel and her everyday adventures with her two boys, Caleb and Maxwell. She’s a cookie connoisseur, with over 200 cookie recipes on her blog, and has written a cookie e-book, Cookie Cravings. Maria has appeared on the TODAY show, and Two Peas and Their Pod has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, Cooking Light Magazine, and Taste of Home Magazine. Maria’s blog has also been featured on Saveur, BuzzFeed, Fine Cooking, Bon Apetit, LA Times, PBS Food, The Huffington Post, and The Kitchn. Maria resides in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Camille Beckstrand is the oldest sister and co-founder of the blog SixSistersStuff.com, which she writes with her five biological sisters. They started their blog in 2011 and it has quickly grown to become one of the most popular food blogs in America. The sisters have also hosted a blog conference to help teach others how to start and grow a blog, helped to launch The Blogger Network, and travel all over the nation for book signings, cooking demonstrations, and TV segments.
Besides blogging, Camille and her sisters have released 3 cookbooks with a 4th on the way. Camille also does social media consulting for businesses and bloggers, which is something she is passionate about and loves to help others realize the potential that they have online. Camille is married to her husband Jared and they are the parents of 3 children. Camille loves being a work-at-home mom and is grateful for the opportunities that blogging has presented her. Her biggest and best success story is getting her husband (who was a physical therapist) to switch careers and become a blogger.
A Sweet Pea Chef is run by Lacey Baier of Austin, Texas. A Sweet Pea Chef reaches over 2 million viewers each month through the use of viral food videos. Lacey and her team produce high quality viral food videos related to clean eating and have used these videos, along with really honing in on their brand, to grow A Sweet Pea Chef exponentially. This growth has opened the door to attaining numerous sponsorships and partnerships. A Sweet Pea Chef is known for providing easy-to-follow, clever, and healthy new ways to enjoy the foods you love by using whole, clean ingredients and simple steps. Content from A Sweet Pea Chef has been featured on sites, such as The Huffington Post, FoxNews, BuzzFeed, Good Morning America, Food Blogger Pro, Tastemade, Wellpreneur, Tastemade, Internet Business Mastery, Fitness Magazine, and more.
Darrell Vesterfelt, Director of Growth at ConvertKit, has worked to help bloggers and authors establish and grow their platforms for more then 10 years. He has worked with some of the largest and smallest blogs on the internet achieve their growth goals. Darrell lives in Nashville with his Goldendoodle Cooper.
Mark Wright has been working with bloggers and helping them navigate the sometimes murky legal waters of the Internet since blogging was a thing. He helps with trademark and copyright issues, contracts, business formation, and lots of other thorny issues. Armed with an engineering degree, an MBA, and a Juris Doctorate, he’s prepared to answer just about any question an inquisitive blogger may have. He’s also a budding blogger in his own right and you can check out his blog at thebloglawyer.comor follow him on Instagram or Facebook.
Rachel Farnsworth is a cookbook author, the blogger behind The Stay At Home Chef and the video producer behind Farnsworth Digital Media. As a blogger, Rachel shares restaurant quality meals you can easily make at home. She embraced video early on in blogging and has grown that passion into a thriving YouTube Channel and a food video production company. Farnsworth Digital Media creates Facebook videos for food bloggers. Her videos reach hundreds of millions of people each month and her clients range from small bloggers to some of the largest. She believes in the power of video and loves sharing her video knowledge with others.
Amy and Natalie are the owners of Super Healthy Kids and share a passion for health, fitness and whole foods. In the last 3 years, they have grown Super Healthy Kids from a small blog to a website that reaches millions of people monthly. What started as a team of 2 has now grown to over 30 people to help make Super Healthy Kids what it is today. Aside from the blog, they run a full meal planning service and also have their own healthy kid’s tableware line. Their vision is to continue to help both parents and educators empower children to make life long healthy choices and become independent healthy decision makers when it comes to food and fitness! Read more about Amy and Natalie here.
With a whisk in one hand and an adventurous spirit in the other, Sara De Leeuw is an energetic home cook who has captured the hearts and appetites of fans across the globe. Starting with her food blog, My Imperfect Kitchen, Sara has gone from sharing simple recipes and food-related outings to attaining some impressive food accomplishments. When Sara is not blogging, she serves as the charming co-host of the podcast, Food Blog Radio. Alongside her co-host, Gary House, Sara conducts interviews with food bloggers from all around the world. Read more about Sara here.
Derral Eves is your clever, fun, geeky and knowledgeable Video & YouTube Expert. Since starting his marketing company in 1999, he has worked with some of the top brands, businesses and YouTube channels in the world. Some of his top clients including Studio C, CVX Live, Corbis, The Piano Guys, Red Bull, Adobe Software, ABC, NBC, AEI and many more. He finds great satisfaction taking on “impossible” projects–doing things that people thought couldn’t be done. He finds unique and creative ways to overcome obstacles to achieve goals. Derral is also an information and data vacuum and has put a major emphasis on staying at the cutting edge in the industry. He believes that knowledge and information can free us to become something greater. In his spare time (he actually doesn’t have spare time), he has grown his YouTube channel to be the biggest “How to” YouTube channel in the world. With his family as his top priority and the motivating force behind his success, he started his Geekify Guys YouTube channel to get them more involved with what he does. Derral is driven and passionate about helping individuals and businesses develop, grow, succeed, and ultimately make a positive impact in the world. Derral is an incredible speaker whose presentations will have you laughing at one moment and bringing you to tears in the next as he shares valuable information you won’t find anywhere else.
Ashlee Prisbrey is a self taught cake decorator and home chef turned blogger turned youtuber (growing her channel from 0 to 12,000 subscribers in it’s first year). She has been a one woman show throughout her 9 year blogging career, doing her own photography, website design, graphics, coding, social media and video production and editing from day one. On her platforms she shares cake decorating tutorials, from scratch recipes, and themed party food. Last year she competed on Food Network, the Halloween Baking championship! This year she is organizing VidRetreat, a 3 day retreat for teaching food bloggers all about video and growing your youtube channel. She’s a BIG believer that video is the future and all bloggers need to be focusing on adding video content. Ashlee loves empowering women and moms, in the kitchen, in blogging or in life. Her motto is nothing is too hard with the right tips and tricks.
Janell Brown is the former owner of One Sweet Slice, a custom cake and cupcake shop. She is the mother of four amazing children ages 11 through 4 and the wife of one incredible husband. She is the author of two recipe books and she and her business has won multiple awards including Food Networks Cupcake Wars, Best of State, 2012 Small Business of the year and South Jordan’s 2014 Business Woman of the Year. She has done work for numerous pro athletes and celebrities and her business and work has been featured in local and national newspapers, magazines and blogs including The New York Times, Martha Stewart Blog, Success Magazine, Women’s World and Utah Business Magazine. After running two bakeries and living an unbalanced life she decided to close shop, spend time with her family and focus on her next business venture. Watch a clip of her winning Cupcake Wars here.
Megan Faulkner Brown, founder of The Sweet ToothFairy, embraced the foundations of baking and entrepreneurship simultaneously, and at an early age. Some of Brown’s earliest memories are of sitting at the kitchen counter helping her mom make cookies. From her mother Megan learned exactly what color chocolate chip cookies should be when they emerge from the oven, and how a tasty treat can bring a smile to any face. From her father Megan gleaned an entrepreneurial spirit and the courage to pursue lofty ambitions. From the perfect mixture of these philosophies emerged The Sweet Tooth Fairy, a gourmet bake shop that has quickly become one of the most beloved companies in the Rocky Mountain region. Deemed by Food Network’s Cupcake Wars as one of the country’s most accomplished bakers, Megan not only has battled and won their competition, but she also has 10 retail bakeries located in Utah and Arizona with more shops ready to open in the immediate future. Read more about Megan and watch her Cupcake Wars audition video here.