Christopher Cook, Hour Detroit’s chief restaurant critic since 2004, wrote our annual Restaurant of the Year story. Born in England and raised in France, Cook got an early and continuous exposure to food and wine both at home and family travel, thanks largely to his parents who were writers and foreign correspondents. Cook has worked for U.S. publications coast to coast. He’s a judge for several wine competitions in the U.S. and abroad, and has been superintendent of the State of Michigan’s annual one since 2002. For 12 years, he was a wine columnist for the Detroit Free Press, and editor of the first Zagat Survey guide of Michigan restaurants. In his other life, Cook is a documentary filmmaker, producer, writer, and director.
Dorothy Hernandez spends a lot of time online, whether doing research, connecting with sources, or watching the musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer when writer’s block hits. So, when she got the assignment to report on the Equitable Internet Initiative, she was excited to explore digital justice efforts in three Detroit neighborhoods. “There are 40 percent of Detroiters who lack access to the internet, so that’s 40 percent of people in the city who lack access to a resource that will help them prosper, whether it’s finding a job or furthering their education,” she says. A former managing editor of Hour Detroit, Hernandez freelances for print and digital outlets such as Midwest Living magazine, Eater Detroit, and Issue Media Group.
Mickey Lyons is a Detroit historian and author. Long interested in Detroit’s Irish history, she received a master’s in Irish Studies from Boston College and is researching the fascinating figures that make up Detroit’s small, but significant Irish story. So, it was natural that we had her write our story on the upcoming 60th St. Patrick’s Day Parade. A board member of Preservation Detroit, Lyons is also the author of the forthcoming book Wicked Detroit: The Charlatans and Scoundrels Who Shaped the City, due out this spring.
Nushrat Rahman is a senior at Wayne State University studying English and sociology, and one of our spring interns. With graduation quickly approaching, post-grad life for Rahman will include writing (a lot) and applying to graduate schools with the intention of eventually earning a Ph.D. in English. Influenced largely by books and media, Rahman loves fiction, non-fiction, brief articles, and long-form essays. Her favorite topics include foods from around the world (like the Senegalese chicken yassa at Maty’s African Restaurant, how art impacts us on a daily basis, and the stories of everyday people. As a born-and-raised Detroiter, Rahman loves all things Detroit, from arts to eats, and anything else the city has to offer. Oprah was, and is, her heroine.