Condé Nast names Nilou Motamed Editor-in-Chief of Epicurious
Motamed was previously Features Director & Senior Correspondent for Travel + Leisure
New York, NY – October 24, 2013 — Carolyn Kremins, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Epicurious, today named Nilou Motamed editor-in-chief of Epicurious, effective November 11th. Ms. Motamed will report to Ms. Kremins and succeeds Tanya Steel, who will continue with Condé Nast’s digital culinary brand, focusing on a variety of special projects. The change supports an effort to evolve Epicurious from a brand that offers primarily culinary-specific content to one that provides an even broader array of information for food enthusiasts who crave an epicurean lifestyle.
“Food culture has undeniably become a significant area of interest for so many of our consumers and Nilou’s deep knowledge and extensive coverage of food is a perfect fit for Epicurious,” said Ms. Kremins. “As we evolve Epicurious for the 21st Century we have both an opportunity and an obligation to bring our devoted audience of 22 million strong an even more diverse and robust editorial offering beyond our award-winning recipes. That calls for an enhanced mobile, video and social user experience that’s attractive to all those who are curious, creative and hungry for what today’s epicurean lifestyle has to offer.”
“As an obsessive food lover—and a devoted user of Epicurious since the early days—I’m thrilled to be joining the Epicurious family,” added Ms. Motamed. “Most of all, I’m excited to engage with our tremendously passionate audience. I look forward to working with the Epicurious team to continue to grow our community and unlock the potential of this amazing brand.”
Ms. Motamed was previously Features Director & Senior Correspondent for Travel + Leisure, where she oversaw the magazine’s food and restaurants coverage, which earned 7 James Beard Journalism Award wins and nominations during her tenure. As a globally recognized food authority, she is a featured host and speaker at numerous culinary events and festivals, and is a longtime panelist for the James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards.
Ms. Motamed regularly shares her travel and lifestyle expertise on NBC’s Today Show, CNN, and other television outlets. She hosted the restaurant review TV series “Reservations Required,” and was a co-host of Travel Channel’s series “Travel Spies.”
Born in Iran and raised in Tehran, Paris, and New York, Ms. Motamed is fluent in four languages. She is a graduate of Binghamton University and attended the Sorbonne in Paris. Ms. Motamed lives in Brooklyn with her husband.