As the editor of Plate, an award-winning food magazine read by chefs all over the country, Chandra Ram lives and breathes food and what’s exciting in restaurants today. She spent more than 15 years in the restaurant industry as a cook and consulting chef before turning to food writing and editing. In addition, she serves as president of the board for Meals on Wheels Chicago, working to raise funds to supply meals for Chicago’s homebound senior citizens and people with disabilities. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Loyola University Chicago, an associate's degree in culinary arts from The Culinary Institute of America, and has passed the certificate level of the Court of Master Sommeliers exam. She is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier and the James Beard Foundation Award chef/restaurant judging committee, and has won multiple awards for her writing and editing, including eight Jesse H. Neal awards, an Association of Food Journalists award, and the McAllister Editorial Fellowship. She is the co-author of The Eiffel Tower Restaurant Cookbook, (Chronicle Books).