CRITIC, CULINARY ICON & AUTHOR
Bestselling author, food critic, and judge on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, Ruth Reichl is “one of the nation’s most influential figures in the food world,” according to The Seattle Times. The recipient of six James Beard Awards, Reichl was the Editor-in-Chief of Gourmet Magazine for 10 years until its closing. Before her tenure at Gourmet, Reichl was the restaurant critic at The New York Times from 1993-1999 and both the restaurant critic and food editor at the Los Angeles Times from 1984-1993.
"Thank you to your wonderful Town Hall. We felt like we were with our own family...warm, welcome, truly delightful. If anyone had told me when I was a little girl in Egypt that I would be speaking to an audience in Yakima, Washington about peace I would never have believed it. Yet I'm so glad to have had the opportunity." - Madame Jehan Sadat, Egypt's First Lady