Chief Veghacker, recipe creator and curator at The Brazen Kitchen, where I writes about food and food policy.

Leah Lizarondo is the Chief Veghacker, recipe creator and curator at The Brazen Kitchen, where she writes about food and food policy. She also writes a weekly food column for Pittsburgh Magazine online and is a Forbes Travel correspondent for Pittsburgh.

Leah received her Masters Degree in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University graduating with Highest Distinction and is an advocate for urban farming, healthy food accessibility, food safety policy and sustainability. She has trained at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City and received her Certification in Plant-based Nutrition from Cornell University.

She serves as one of the Trustees at the national Awesome Foundation: Food, serving with leaders and creative innovators in food. She is also a volunteer Ambassador for Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.

Leah is also a health counselor who works with individuals who suffer from chronic pain and illness such as heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, digestive disorders and other autoimmune diseases. She works with individuals, couples and families who want to empower themselves through food in order to lead healthy, vibrant lives.

Leah and her recipes have been featured in print and online publications including Edible Allegheny, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, PopCity, Our Region’s Business, KDKA Pittsburgh Today Live and national media including MSN’s Re:Discover Series, NPR and on Oprah.com. The Brazen Kitchen was named one of the Top 100 Foodie Blogs in 2013 by IPE and won the 2013 National City & Regional Magazine Awards for Best Blog.