Carissa Chesanek

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New York, New York
The New School
Food And Drink, Dining, Books
  • Carissa is a writer with years of experience, writing for publications like Gayot, Dining Out, Forbes Travel Guide, and more.
  • During her time as a Digital Content Producer with the Food Network, Carissa helped create and maintain the recipe and cooking class subscription app, Food Network Kitchen, dedicated to at-home cooks.
  • While living in Miami, Carissa was the local editor for Zagat for two years where she started the Miami edition from the ground up.


Carissa Chesanek has worked as a food writer for many years, writing for publications that include Gayot, Dining Out, Miami Herald, Forbes Travel Guide, and Zagat. She has touched on everything from uncovering the best strip club food to mastering the best cocktails in a crockpot. While serving as a digital producer for the Food Network, she also wrote for the Food Network Dish blog on topics that included celebrity chef recipes and must-try at-home meals. In the past, she has worked one-on-one with many chefs in the kitchen and helped judged multiple food contests.


Carissa has a bachelor's from Central Connecticut State University and a master's of fine arts from the New School.
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