- Nik Sharma is a molecular biologist, cookbook author, and food photographer who has contributed to Serious Eats since 2020.
- His first cookbook, Season: Big Flavors, Beautiful Food, was a finalist for a James Beard Foundation award and an International Association of Culinary Professionals award.
- Nik writes the multi-award-winning blog, A Brown Table. He has also contributed the New York Times, Food52, and The Guardian.
Nik Sharma is a molecular biologist turned cookbook author (Season and The Flavor Equation) and food photographer who's been writing for Serious Eats since 2020. Nik left his career in biomedical research behind to pursue a career in cooking, food writing, and photography, in which he uses his background in biochemistry to understand flavor.
Nik writes the recipe newsletter This Is A Cook Letter and the multi-award-winning blog, A Brown Table. Previously he was the food columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle and has contributed regularly to The New York Times, Food52, and The Guardian Feast.
Nik's Desert Island Food: "Ice cream - I can't believe I need to explain this but ice cream is the most important food group. It has to be passion fruit or a tart lemon."
Awards & Publications
A Brown Table:
- International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) - Winner Best Photo Based Blog – 2016
- International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) - Winner Best Photo Based Blog – 2015
- Saveur - Finalist Best Photography 2015
A Brown Kitchen, a column for the San Francisco Chronicle:
- Association of Food Journalists (AFJ) - Best Food Column - 2019
- International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) – San Francisco Chronicle – A Brown Kitchen – Best Food Column - Finalist 2018
- International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) – San Francisco Chronicle –A Brown Kitchen – Best Food Media – Finalist 2017
The Flavor Equation (2020):
- The Art of Eating Award 2021 Longlist
- Cookery Book of the Year - Delicious U.K.
- I.A.C.P. Cookbook Awards Finalist - General Cooking
- I.A.C.P. Cookbook Awards Finalist - Photography
- James Beard Awards for Photography, Finalist 2019,
- International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) - Julia Child First Cookbook Award - Finalist 2019
Nik started out in biomedical research and has graduate degrees in Molecular Genetics (University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine) and Public Policy (Health econometrics/MPP - McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University). He worked as a researcher at Georgetown University and later at a pharmaceutical startup.
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