James Oseland is thrilled to be returning for his fifth season of Top Chef Masters. He is the editor-in-chief of Saveur, America’s most critically-acclaimed food magazine. Under his editorship, the magazine has won more than more than 40 awards, including numerous James Beard journalism awards, and three from the American Society of Magazine Editors. His 2006 book, Cradle of Flavor, a memoir with recipes about his time living in Southeast Asia, was named one of the best books of that year by Time Asia, The New York Times, and Good Morning America and went on to win awards from the James Beard Foundation and the International Association of Culinary Professionals. He is the also the editor of Saveur’s cookbooks, including Saveur: The New Comfort Food, published in 2011, and The Way We Cook. He is on the board of the directors of the American Society of Magazine Editors and is the editor of the forthcoming Lonely Planet writing anthology A Fork In the Road. He is writing Jimmy Neurosis, a memoir of his punk rock youth in the 1970s, for Ecco Press, a Harper Collins imprint. Additionally, he has lectured at the Asia Society, Slow Food Nation, and the Culinary Institute of America’s Worlds of Flavor conference. He was previously an editor at Vogue, Organic Style, Sassy, the Village Voice, and Mademoiselle, and holds degrees in photography and film studies from the San Francisco Art Institute. Born in Mountain View, California, in 1963, James has lived in India and Indonesia and now lives in New York City with his husband, Daniel. His favorite foods are char kuey teow (Malaysian stir-fried rice noodles with shrimp and chile paste) and milk chocolate bars. Though he is very picky about the food he eats, he will consume anything and usually enjoy it very much.
The Latest from James
Jennifer Jasinski Was a "Great Miracle"
James Oseland can't get enough of the chef's paella gnocchi.
Bryan Voltaggio, Douglas Keane, and Jennifer Jasinski compete for the title of Top Chef Master.
James Oseland's Teacher Tribute
James remembers a teacher who had a profound impact on him.
'Top Chef Masters' Goes Back to School
Ep 9: The chefs honor teachers from the Los Angeles Unified School District with meals prepared especially for them.
Pull it Together, Sang!
James Oseland describes the chef's unraveling.
The Evolution of Sue Zemanick
James Oseland has seen a change since Sue's Season 3 participation.
What Being a Chef Really Means
James Oseland contemplates the different managerial styles demonstrated in Restaurant Wars.