Sheela Prakash is a food writer and recipe developer who lived in New York City for more than 10 years before recently moving to Charlotte, North Carolina. She has rich experience in the art of home cooking. A self-taught cook, she fell in love with the flavors and style of Italian food after living and studying in Florence and later completing a summer farm internship at Tenuta di Spannocchia, just outside of Siena, Tuscany. Unable to shake the Italian bug, she returned a few years later to obtain a master’s degree in Food Culture & Communications at the Slow Food-founded Università degli Studi di Scienze Gastronomiche (University of Gastronomic Sciences) in Northern Italy.
Sheela has been on staff at Epicurious and Food52 and written for numerous online and print publications such as Serious Eats, Tasting Table, Fathom, Slow Food USA, and Charlotte Magazine. She is currently an editor at Kitchn, the largest independently owned food media site on the web with more than 17 million unique readers per month. Sheela graduated from New York University's Department of Nutrition and Food Studies and is also a Registered Dietitian. In 2016, she received the Miljenko Grgich's American Dream Award through the James Beard Foundation Scholarship Program and went on to complete the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits and Level 3 Award in Wines.