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Monday, March 16 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Chef, Reviewer, Guest: Who's Got the Power Today?

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Why do you frequent certain restaurants, coffee shops, and food trucks? How do you discover a hot new place? There’s a power shift underway in the food world and it’s impacting what you eat, where you eat, and why, and what chefs and restaurants are thriving—or barely surviving. The influence of social media and the explosion of user-generated content have changed the landscape, calling into question what the traditional classifiers mean. Major newspaper reviews, Michelin stars, Zagat raves: do they impact business and carry the same weight as they once did? Are these old-fashioned metrics, meaningless to the modern food enthusiast, or do they remain the gold standard? What about an Instagram photo, some Yelp love, or a chef’s Twitter feed? Hear what panelists at the epicenter of this shift have to say.

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Kerry Diamond

Editor in Chief, Yahoo! Food
Kerry Diamond is the Editor in Chief of Yahoo Food. She's also co-founder of Cherry Bombe, a biannual magazine about women and food, and the Jubilee conference. Diamond is an executive producer of Radio Cherry Bombe, the Heritage Radio program and podcast. She and Chef Rob Newton... Read More →
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John A Hall

Owner/Exec Chef, Post Office Pies
After culinary school and an apprenticeship at Luxembourg’s Lea Linster, John Hall moved to New York for a spot on the line at Gramercy Tavern. From there, Hall moved to Per Se’s perfectionist-driven kitchen, followed by a two-year stint as sous-chef at Momofuku Ssäm Bar. But... Read More →
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Chris Stang

Co-Founder & CEO, The Infatuation
Chris Stang is the co-founder of the popular website, app, and dining resource The Infatuation. He and his partner, Andrew Steinthal, began writing restaurant reviews in 2009 after noticing a need for useful, relatable opinions that people could act upon. Since then, The Infatuation... Read More →
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Kelly Stocker

Community Dir, Yelp
Kelly Stocker is the Community Director for Yelp in central Texas, helping businesses harness their online presence, building a community of passionate local Yelp evangelists, liaising with local media, managing Yelp Austin's social platforms, sponsoring city events and speaking to... Read More →

Monday March 16, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
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