Biographies


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  • Raymond Calvel
    Biography iconRaymond Calvel (1913 to 2005) was one of the 20th century French leading authorities on bread. Julia Child referred to Calvel as her first breadmaking teacher.
  • Richard C. Hellmann
    Biography iconRichard C. Hellmann (22 June 1876 to 2 February 1971) is the man who created Hellmann's Mayonnaise.
  • Rudolph Hass
    Biography iconRudolph Gustav Hass (5 June 1892 - 24 October 1952) was the discoverer of what we now know as the Hass variety of avocado. As of 2012, it was 95% of the avocado production in California.
  • Rufus Estes
    Rufus EstesRufus Estes worked for the Pullman company, as a chef looking after the unimaginably luxurious private Pullman railway cars that travelled across America in the second half of the 1800s. He had worked his way up from a porter.
  • Ruth Reichl
    Biography iconRuth Reichl (Reichl is pronounced RYE-shul) is a food writer, editor and reviewer. She was born 16 January 1948 in Greenwich Village, Manhattan to Ernst and Miriam (née Brudno, born 1908) Reichl.
  • Ruth Wakefield
    Ruth WakefieldRuth Wakefield (née Ruth Jones Graves, 17 June 1903 to 10 January 1977) is the inventor of Toll House Cookies, which today we just call Chocolate Chip Cookies. At the time, though, she was actually more well-known for running what many considered one of the best eating places in America.
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