Meet the people behind our 2017 Experts' Picks for the best restaurants in Connecticut ...

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Patricia Brooks

Patricia Brooks is a longtime journalist, author of three cookbooks and 24 other books. She wrote hundreds of magazine articles for Bon AppetitTravel & Leisure and numerous other national publications and restaurant reviews for The New York Times’ Connecticut section from 1977 to August 2016. She prides herself on never missing a deadline.

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Chef Plum

Chef Plum is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America with more than 18 years of culinary experience. He has been featured on the Food Network, ABC’s The Taste, eHow.com and elsewhere. He is host and producer of Edible Nutmeg’s On the Road, which originated as a web series and debuted in November on WCTX.

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Donna Christopher

Donna Christopher is a content curator for online community news outfit Daily Voice. An award-winning journalist, she has been a reporter of personal injury law and staff writer at a daily newspaper, covering general assignments and restaurant reviews. Her “Reviewing What’s Amusing” blog covers the restaurant scene in Fairfield County and New York City.

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Alycia Chrosniak

Alycia Chrosniak is a food and travel writer and the founder of CTEatsOut.com, your guide to the best eats in the state.

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Douglas P. Clement

Douglas P. Clement is a veteran, award-winning journalist who was formerly executive editor of The Litchfield County Times publishing group, and senior editor and digital editor of Connecticut Magazine. More recently he has been writing about arts and culture for The New York Times, and food for Edible Nutmeg, in addition to working for private clients as the principal of Boardwalk Media + Communications.

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Adeline Crites-Moore

Adeline Crites-Moore began her career in the food world as a blogger before founding her own social media company, Adeline Jessica Social Media. Now, in addition to working with her clients in the hospitality industry, she manages all social media for D’Artagnan, a leading purveyor of humanely raised, organic specialty meats and foie gras, servicing the country’s top restaurants and home chefs.

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James Gribbon

James Gribbon is a semi-aquatic mammal native to Connecticut. He has written about autosports for Jalopnik and The Truth About Cars, and is a columnist for CTBites, which has made the mistake of paying him to write about beer and food.

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Scott Griffin

Scott Griffin is an award-winning journalist and adjunct professor at Naugatuck Valley Community College. In another life, he owned and operated a Hamden restaurant that specialized in the Southern fusion of foods he grew up enjoying in the Florida Panhandle.

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Kate Hartman

Kate Hartman is the assistant director of communications at Millersville University in Pennsylvania. Before that, Hartman was a writer and content curator at Connecticut Magazine for 2½ years, during which she tasted a wide variety of what the Connecticut food scene has to offer.

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Shelly Lawrence Kirkwood

Shelley Lawrence Kirkwood is an experimental home cook, a fine art and editorial photographer, a mom, and outdoor enthusiast. She began food writing at alternative weeklies, including the Valley Advocate and Hartford Advocate, and Creative Loafing Atlanta. More recently, she has written about food for Art Papers magazine, The Boston Globe and Connecticut Magazine.

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Erik Ofgang

Erik Ofgang is a food reviewer and senior writer at Connecticut Magazine, and the author of Buzzed: Beers, Booze, & Coffee Brews — Where to Enjoy the Best Craft Beverages in New England. He has previously contributed to The Associated Press, Tablet Magazine and Westchester Magazine, and teaches journalism at Mercy College in New York and in Western Connecticut State University’s MFA program. 

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Robert Rabine

Robert Rabine is a lifelong hospitality professional and the former owner of Café Routier in Westbrook. He is now the food and beverage columnist for ShoreLine Times, and is a contributor to The Daily MealNew Haven Register and Connecticut Magazine.

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Jeff Schlesinger

Jeff “JFood” Schlesinger is a partner at CTBites, and writes reviews throughout southwest Connecticut, plus an annual hamburgers review. Prior to that, he was Connecticut’s hamburger reviewer for Eater.com and contributed to the website Chowhound. He shares his love of food with his wife and two daughters.

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Gary Stoller

Gary Stoller of Newtown publishes a consumer travel website, ShortEscapes.net, that takes people to scenic, relatively unknown destinations with unique history. He was a founding journalist of Conde Nast Traveler magazine and an award-winning USA Today investigative travel editor for 17 years.

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Ken Tuccio

Ken Tuccio is the host of the Welcome To Connecticut podcast, and in January 2017 he will begin hosting The Local Drinking Show, a documentary program covering drinking culture, on WTNH News Channel 8. He is also the creator and promoter of several live events across the state, including SoNo Bowl, The Connecticut Blind Beer Awards and The Hakuna Matata Acoustic Music Festival.

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Albert Yuravich

Albert Yuravich is the editor in chief of Connecticut Magazine. When he’s not feeding his wanderlust as an amateur world traveler and looking for superb cheap eats, he’s an aspiring home cook, specializing in slow-cooker recipes.