Portrait of Mary Beth

About Mary Beth


Writer | Teacher | Consultant

Finishing in the Final Four of the highly competitive Food Network Star Season 7, Mary Beth wowed the judges with her “wit, humor, and intelligence” and by “describing food so well, she makes us fall in love more with food.” Mary Beth’s wit and culinary savvy bring diners to the table. With her can-do spirit and optimistic message that eating fresh meals brings people together, Mary Beth is a passionate proponent for living deliciously.

Mary Beth specializes in sharing the joy of food with all audiences. As a food writer and DC Magazine’s food critic for four years, she covers the Washington dining scene, from soup to nuts. In her local radio and television appearances, she helps her hungry audience connect with family and community through a daily local feast.

As an attorney and media advocate, Mary Beth draws on 15 years of work promoting America’s public health. She has assisted Surgeons General and has advised corporations, not-for-profits, and the government on connecting with people through food. She teaches cooking and gardening at the U.S. House of Representatives preschool and is the author of How Apples Grow, a children’s rhyming book.

Mary Beth earned a J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and a bachelor’s degree with honors from The Johns Hopkins University. She completed L’Academie de Cuisine’s two-semester culinary basics nonprofessional program in Bethesda, Maryland, and is a skilled home cook with a genuine love of food.

Mary Beth cooks and writes in Cleveland Park, DC, with her husband, Craig, and son, Truman.