Contributors: March 2015

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Christopher Cook

Christopher Cook, our chief restaurant critic since 2004, wrote our “Restaurant of the Year” story. Born in England and raised in France, Cook grew up in a family of seven children, and the kitchen was a laboratory of experiments and luscious dishes. Cook has worked for U.S. publications coast to coast. He’s a frequent guest on Michigan Radio’s Stateside program and a judge for several wine competitions — and is superintendent of the State of Michigan’s annual one. “This ongoing re-emergence of Detroit is not just a story about the rebirth of a city,” he says. “It is also about a regional growth of a unique new high-end modern cuisine we’ve not seen here. And it’s on the verge of great recognition nationally.”

 

Lynne Meredith Golodner

Lynne Meredith Golodner reluctantly started ballroom dancing when a client, Fred Astaire Dance Studio, insisted she give it a try. As time went on, she and her husband fell in love with it to the point that they would like to participate in a competition some day (after they pay for two of their four kids’ 2015 b’nai mitzvahs). When she’s not dancing, Golodner runs her public relations company, Your People, teaches writing, and is working on two books. She blogs daily at lynnegolodner.com.

 

Marvin Shaouni

Marvin Shaouni is a Detroit-based commercial photographer who specializes in environmental portraits and food culture. “Through my photography work, I’m interested in exploring ways in which people connect with and relate to one another, especially around food,” he says. Shaouni photographed our fashion feature. He was recently in China to photograph the spring tea harvest for a book collaboration with Joseph Wesley Tea (whose owner, Joe Uhl, was featured in Hour Detroit’s August 2014 issue). The Art and Craft of Tea will be published this fall by Quarto Publishing Group.

 

Jeff Newsom

Jeff Newsom has worked in the fashion and design business for more than 25 years. He has worked for fashion photographers such as Peter Lindbergh, Arthur Elgort, Ellen Von UnWerth, and Mary Ellen Mark. He has also designed sets, clothing, home goods, and interiors for clients such as Donna Karan, The Gap, Tommy Hilfiger, and Levi’s. He is finishing a book titled Sometimes, Nearly, Almost about the fashion industry as well as a screenplay titled Somebody’s Else’s Lie. For this issue, he found the “models” (real people from metro Detroit) and worked with fashion editor Rebecca Voigt to dress them in spring.

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