Food & Wine has officially found its replacement for longtime editor Dana Cowin: lifestyle publishing veteran Nilou Motamed, whose resumé includes more than a decade at sister title Travel & Leisure and a stint as editor in chief of Epicurious. The New York Post reported last month that Motamed was rumored to be the front-runner for the position.
As Food & Wine's new editor, Motamed will help guide the brand's various extensions and franchises, including Best New Chefs, the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, millennial-focused food site FWx and the magazine's ongoing partnership with Bravo's Top Chef. (Cowin was a regular on the cooking competition series during her tenure as editor.) Motamed officially assumes the top spot on March 14.
Motamed had a long track record with American Express publishing prior to its acquisition by Time Inc. From 2000 to 2013, she was features director and special correspondent at Travel & Leisure, overseeing the magazine's food and restaurant coverage. During that time, the brand collected seven James Beard Award nominations and wins. In 2013, Condé Nast hired Motamed to lead a lifestyle-focused overhaul of its digital recipes platform, Epicurious. She was let go less than a year later when the brand once again shifted direction. Since then, Motamed has been director of inspiration at Hilton-owned Conrad Hotels and Resorts.
Cowin, who announced in November that she'd be stepping down as Food & Wine editor after 21 years at the magazine, is now chief creative officer at Chefs Club International.