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Brian Stewart

Director of Public Relations and Business Development

You can't just eat good food. You've got to talk about it, too.

Kurt Vonnegut

Brian Hogan Stewart brings to the table over a decade of experience leading media relations and storytelling efforts for culinary clients, news outlets, and advocacy organizations. A former journalist, Brian is a cookbook-obsessed, once-budding chef who skipped culinary school to pursue a career in communications. And he’s been bridging the gap ever since.

Over his career, Brian has provided branding, marketing, and social media services to a range of culinary and corporate clients. He also built the internal media relations operation for the 10-million-member advocacy group MoveOn and led communications for Generation Progress, the youth engagement arm of the Center for American Progress.

As the host and creator of Salt + Spine, a top-ranked podcast on stories behind cookbooks, he interviews leading authors, chefs, and activists. He’s held in-depth, in-person interviews with Nigella Lawson, Samin Nosrat, Jacques Pépin, Diana Henry, Rose Levy Beranbaum, and over 100 other authors, and his work was nominated for a Food Reporting award from leading Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

Brian has been quoted by the New Yorker, the Associated Press, The Washington Post, US News & World Report, ABC News, and—most uniquely—ESPN’s “College GameDay.” He has served as a judge for both the Good Food Awards and the International Association of Culinary Professionals’ annual awards.

A native of Iowa and a proud alum of the University of Iowa, his vices include any-and-all Midwest baked goods (especially scotcheroos and puppy chow).

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