Tricia is a recipe tester and developer for Dotdash Meredith. Thanks to her huge, ever-hungry Filipino family,
Tricia has always had a passion for all things food-related, with a particular obsession with baking and
pastry arts. Her culinary career has brought her to respected kitchens and bakeries across the eastern
United States. She entered the world of food media in 2018 as a recipe developer and food stylist, then later
as a Baking and Pastry Editor, before joining Dotdash Meredith in 2022.
- Developed over 1,200 original recipes that have appeared in magazines, cookbooks, and online
- Experience in food styling, video production, and crafting culinary classes for over a dozen major print,
food, and lifestyle brands.
- Former Baking and Pastry Editor, charged with outlining monthly issues, creating and copyediting features,
as well as fielding reader questions.
Tricia Manzanero Stuedeman is a recipe tester/developer for Dotdash Meredith, specializing in baking and
pastry but with an all-encompassing love for all things food-related. Since entering food publishing in 2018,
Tricia has developed more than 1,200 original recipes, in addition to food styling, collaborating on
cookbooks, producing videos, and crafting culinary classes for over a dozen major print, food, and lifestyle
brands. She also served as a Baking and Pastry Editor for over two years before joining Dotdash Meredith in
With her childhood spent baking with her grandma and gathering around a table with her large, insatiably
hungry family, Tricia’s love and respect for food and culture started early. More than sustenance, food was
always a powerful—and tasty—means of telling stories, making memories and taking care of others.
While working in journalism and public relations after graduating from New York University, Tricia relished
reporting on food and working with her culinary clients. Yet, she craved a more direct, tangible relationship
Soon enough she was holding down a PR day job while moonlighting as a line cook at Maharlika and
Jeepney, two sister restaurants in New York City’s East Village. Despite working seven days a week for two
years, she became hooked on the artistry, the adrenaline, and the camaraderie of the culinary industry. She
then attended The Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park to learn from some of the industry’s best.
Tricia’s journey now spans nearly a decade in the food industry, including time spent as an Amuse line cook
at Blue Hill at Stone Barns and a Senior Baker at Hawthorne Valley Farm Bakery.
When not covered with flour, butter, and/or chocolate, Tricia loves to travel to new culinary landscapes with
her husband Stu, conduct donut-related field research, and take picturesque hikes, probably still dreaming
about her next meal.
Tricia graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She then went on to attend The Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park,
where she received her Associate Degree in Culinary Arts.
About The Spruce Eats
The Spruce Eats, a Dotdash brand, is a food and drink website offering more than 15,000 tested recipes, 1,200 how-to videos, informative articles, trustworthy product recommendations, and the inspiration to help you make your best meal. Learn more about us and our editorial process.