CEO / Editor-in-Chief
When most young girls were playing with Barbie dolls, Jennifer Iannolo was playing “food show” in front of her mother’s kitchen window (the camera).
A passion for gastronomy flows through her veins, and her life’s mission is to ignite that same level of excitement in others. Her culinary adventures have been featured in the New York Times bestseller, Secrets of the Young & Successful, as well as BusinessWeek and GoDaddy.com’s television ad campaign.
The Gilded Fork™ started as her personal food blog, and quickly grew into an online magazine. In its first year, the site was nominated as a finalist for Best Food/Drink Site for the World Food Media Awards, along with Leite’s Culinaria, BBC Food and Jacques Pepin’s Fast Food My Way.
Now operating as a multimedia company founded by Jennifer and her business partner Chef Mark Tafoya, the site features audio and video programming — including Culinary Media Network, the world’s first all-food podcast channel — as well as articles, recipes and food blogs.
Sponsors have included Hamilton Beach, Folger’s Gourmet Select, Partida Tequila, Go Daddy and Barilla Pasta, and both Jennifer and Chef Mark’s shows have appeared on Sirius satellite radio.
Prior to her leap into new media, Jennifer spent a decade working with the world’s greatest chefs, including Charlie Trotter, Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, Michel Roux, Raymond Blanc, Michel Troisgros and Santi Santamaria. She is the former Director of Culinary Programs for Relais & Chateaux, where she launched the Ecole des Chefs program with more than 100 master and Michelin-starred chefs from around the world. In addition, Jennifer has provided her consulting expertise for the James Beard Awards, Bon Appetit Magazine, American Express, Share Our Strength, New York City’s Restaurant Week, and Taste of the Nation.
As an entrepreneur, Jennifer has shared her insights with students from the Stern School of Business at New York University, where as an undergraduate she helped to create one of the Top Ten Student-Run Businesses in America (1993). She was also featured in a case study for the University of Southern California’s Entrepreneurship program, and has been a guest lecturer at the Culinary Institute of America and Babson College.
Jennifer has presented workshops at various PodCamp events, and was recently invited to Vienna by the European Union to deliver a keynote on the future of culinary tourism for the inaugural European Culinary Tourism conference.
Her other published work includes Food and Sensuality: A Perfect Pairing for the anthology Food & Philosophy (2007) and Romantic Love in Atlas Shrugged for the anthology Atlas Shrugged: A Philosophical and Literary Companion (2006).
Jennifer is the C.E.O. of The Gilded Fork, LLC, and lives in New York City. She holds a B.S. in International Business and Marketing from the Stern School of Business at New York University, and studied in Paris through La Sorbonne, L’Ecole des Sciences Politiques, and L’Ecole du Louvre.
Jennifer is available for strategic consulting and public speaking engagements. For more information, please send an e-mail to jennifer [at] gildedfork [dot] com.