The Delicious Medium

Understanding, analyzing and reshaping contemporary food culture

Sophie Egan

Author, "Devoured"

Sophie Egan is the author of the book “Devoured: From Chicken Wings to Kale Smoothies — How What We Eat Defines Who We Are” (William Morrow/HarperCollins), out in paperback July 2017. She is also the director of programs and culinary nutrition for the Strategic Initiatives Group at The Culinary Institute of America. Based in San Francisco, Sophie writes for The New York Times' Well blog, and she has written about food and health for publications including Time, The Wall Street Journal, Bon Appétit, WIRED, Forbes, and Sunset magazine. She holds a master of public health from the University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on health and social behavior, and a bachelor of arts with honors in history from Stanford University. In 2016, she was named one of the UC Global Food Initiative’s 30 Under 30.


Jonathan Gold


Jonathan Gold is the restaurant critic for the Los Angeles Times. He won the Pulitzer Prize in criticism in 2007 and was a finalist again in 2011. A Los Angeles native, he began writing the Counter Intelligence column for the L.A. Weekly in 1986, wrote about death metal and gangsta rap for Rolling Stone and Spin among other places, and is delighted that he has managed to forge a career out of the professional eating of tacos. Gold was the subject of "City of Gold," Laura Gabbert's 2016 documentary.


Preeti Mistry

Chef and co-owner, Juhu Beach Club

Preeti Mistry was born in London and raised in the US. She is the James Beard nominated chef and co-owner of Juhu Beach Club, a restaurant serving New Indian Cuisine in Oakland, California and Navi Kitchen an all-day American café and pizzeria with Indian flavors. Prior to Juhu Beach Club, Preeti held Executive Chef roles at the deYoung Musuem, the Legion of Honor in San Francisco and Google HQ in Mountain View, CA. She was a contestant on Top Chef Season Six.  Preeti studied at Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Academy in London. Preeti and Juhu Beach Club have been featured in numerous publications including Food & Wine Magazine, SF Chronicle, Cherry Bombe, Wall Street Journal, SF Magazine, Sunset Magazine, Anthology, Vogue India, SF Eater, Time Out Mumbai, Edible East Bay, in addition to Anthony Bourdain’s PARTS UNKNOWN on CNN. When not running her restaurant Preeti enjoys playing tennis, eating pizza and growing veggies in her sunny Oakland backyard with her wife and business partner Ann Nadeau.