Barbara Rolek

For the past 25 years, Barbara Rolek has been a food editor, food writer, and restaurant critic for daily newspapers and magazines, including the Chicago Tribune and The New York Times. She has worked for over 15 years in high-level positions at both fine-dining restaurants and leading grocery store chains. 


  • More than 15 years as an executive chef and pastry chef
  • Award-winning food writer and restaurant critic for the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, Times of Northwest Indiana, and other publications
  • Developed home meal replacement program for leading grocery store chain
  • Culinary instructor for preprofessional and professional cooks
  • Judged the 2012 American Pie Council Crisco National Championships in Orlando, Florida




About The Spruce

The Spruce, a Dotdash brand, is a new kind of home website offering practical, real-life tips and inspiration to help you create your best home. The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts collectively reach 30 million people each month.

Dotdash is among the largest and fastest growing publishers online, and has won over 50 awards in the last year alone, including Digiday's 2020 Publisher of the Year. Dotdash brands include Verywell, Investopedia, The Balance, The Spruce, Simply Recipes, Serious Eats, Byrdie, Brides, MyDomaine, Lifewire, TripSavvy,, and TreeHugger.

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