Executive Chef - Sodexo Campus Services
Jackie Baldwin oversees over 34,000 meals a week for the students of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The Troy native has worked in many restaurant kitchens, but for the past 13 years, she has been able to enjoy more conventional hours as RPI’s Executive Chef. Jackie is a graduate of Russell Sage College who has racked up over eighteen years of experience in the food service industry. Beginning career with Hilton Hotels in 1983, she has held many titles, such as Sous-chef, Head Chef, and Executive Chef. The acclaimed chef has received numerous awards and honors over the years, including the American Culinary Federation Liz Kraus Award (2013), Golup Corporation’s Food Service Manager of the Year (1999), American Culinary Federation Chef of the Year (1999), and American Culinary Federation Culinarian of the Year (1998).
Restaurant Columnist - Times Union
Steve Barnes writes about Capital Region dining and the restaurant scene of the ever popular Table Hopping column and blog for the Times Union. The Schenectady native’s column runs every other Thursday on the cover of the Food-Life section. His Table Hopping blog is updated almost daily, allowing Steve the freedom to give his opinions on all things food and dining related. Steve studied at Boston University and has worked at the Times Union since 1996, serving as a senior writer and restaurant critic since 2005.
Restaurant Critic – Various Publications
William Dowd is a veteran newspaper editor, columnist, writer and blogger in the field of spirits, wine and food with over 40 years of experience. Born in East Meadow, NY, Bill has retired to good old Troy, NY where he manages his many blogs and websites, updating the consumer on dining experiences and everything else going on in the food and beverage industry within the Capital Region and beyond. His opinions and observations are posted on his website BillDowd.com, while Capital Region residents can read up on the latest dining and beverage experiences through his Times Union blogs, Notes on Napkins and Dowd on Drinks.