The HubPages Cookbook Contest is set to launch in just a couple of days, and we’re thrilled to introduce our amazing panel of recipe-savvy judges! We chose foodies with a variety of experiences and expertise to provide a well-rounded judging committee for all the mouth-watering original recipes you have in store for us!

And now, in no particular order and without any ado, I present your HubPages Cookbook Contest judges:



Hillary Mickell
Hillary Mickell

Hillary Mickell is the Chief Tastemaker and CMO for Foodily. Formerly, she held numerous senior level positions at Yahoo!, Netscape and Microsoft. Hillary brings her passion for food and recipes to thousands of people every day. Amongst many roles she plays at Foodily, Hillary manages the Tastemaker program, a group of celebrities, author and bloggers, who people can follow for great recipe recommendations every day.

She is a board member at HOPE for Haiti Foundation.



Joey Lee
Joey Lee

Joey Lee is the manager of The Kids Cook Monday initiative, a project of The Monday Campaigns. Joey is a featured cook on the kid’s nutrition gaming website Zis Boom Bah. In her home kitchen, Joey enjoys experimenting with all types of cuisines, which serves her well while she perfects all the recipes featured on and each week. Joey’s recipes and posts have also been featured on the blogs of other publications, such as Real Simple Magazine, and Parade Magazine.




Jess Kapadia
Jess Kapadia

Jess Kapadia studied print and online journalism at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Journalism, where she co-created and hosted two seasons of cooking show “Dorm Gourmet” on the Trojan Vision Network. She interned at Edible Los Angeles, Saveur Magazine, ABC and the Huffington Post, and has written for publications and websites like Zester Daily, The Daily Meal and Edible Ojai. Jess is currently Assistant Editor, Recipes Editor and test kitchen chef at Manhattan-based men’s food, drink and lifestyle website Food Republic and lives in Brooklyn.




Jennifer Farley
Jennifer Farley

Jennifer Farley is the owner, recipe developer and food photographer of Savory Simple. She graduated from the Culinary Arts program at L’Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg, MD where she trained in classic French technique. Jennifer currently works as a cooking instructor, social media marketer and free-lance writer for sites such as Williams-Sonoma and Washington Eats. She resides in the Washington DC metropolitan area and can often be found exploring the local culinary scene in search of new inspiration.



I hope you’ll enjoy getting to know our judges as much as I have. Keep an eye out for more in-depth interviews with each of them here on the HubPages blog!

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9 replies on “Introducing Your Cookbook Contest Judges!

  1. Well rounded judges? All women ? Hmmmm. And no, I don’t expect you to allow this comment, Simone. LOL! I did find the Chef Du Jour interview a bit coincidental since the contest is starting tomorrow though. Just picking at you guys, ya know! 🙂


    1. Why wouldn’t I allow your comment, Randy my dear? We’re very excited about the judges who have volunteered to support this contest. They are, indeed, all women, but what of it? They’re all awesome.
      And hahaa, I hadn’t thought about how appropriate chef-de-jour’s name appears alongside the week’s theme! How lovely!

  2. Ha! I have no problem with having all lady judges at all, Simone. Just glad they aren’t part of the staff or other “Special” members, if you know what I mean. I might even enter a recipe myself! :O


  3. Good choice of judges. I’ve seen their blogs and they really had that flair in cooking that only women can do.
    I hope ‘men-cooks’ @ HP will also be noticed by them. 😀

  4. Boy……am I glad!
    These are the best panel of judgess (Feminine 😉 )

    I am a bit sad coz jennifers photography makes me speechless and she’s going to have a good laugh at my pictures.

    Mm….lets enjoy this regrets win or not, we have our hubs and lovely comments and….. we can depend on hp to entertain our hubs till …….. pigs fly.

  5. What a stellar group of judges! Such perfect qualifications for judging this contest! It would seem these kitchen-savvy judges have their hands full, though.The recipes are looking pretty darn tasty! I can’t wait to read and try the recipe entries this go ’round! Wishing every Hubber who joins in the fun [and the judging panel as well] the best of luck. –HubHugs–

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