Southern Living has added two chefs to its roster. Robby Melvin has been named test kitchen rirector and Whitney Wright has been named deputy food director.
Prior to joing Southern Living, Melvin owned Salt Fine Catering in Birmingham, Alabama. He also taught at the Culinary Institute of Virginia and spent six years as a chef with Frank Stitt, a James Beard Award winning chef. Wright comes to Southern Living from Gilt Home and Gilt Taste, where she served as senior editor and site merchandising manager. Prior to her time there, she was chef de partie at Per Se.
“Robby is a Southern chef with serious pedigree, and as a husband and father, he’s also a dedicated home cook,” said Lindsay Bierman, editor-in-chief of Southern Living, in a statement. “He will draw from his professional and personal experience to create authentic recipes that every Southerner will love. Whitney’s impressive culinary, editorial and digital experience will brilliantly serve our readers across platforms, including our cookbooks and how-to videos.”