Bon Appétit's chef de cuisine, Mary Nolan, is a graduate of The Institute of Culinary Education and has cooked in restaurant kitchens in both New York and Philadelphia. She also hosted the Food Network's Chic & Easy, where she shared her insatiable passion for all things culinary. Growing up in Davenport, Iowa, Mary spent a great deal of time on her grandparents' rural farms, providing an unmistakable appreciation for the origin of food. She later spent a semester living in the Tuscany—an experience that fed (literally) her interest in food. The markets full of incredible ingredients and the unwavering Italian traditions remain a source of inspiration in her cooking. Additionally, Mary has a degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.