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




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