Crystal White is the head baker and owner of Wayfarer Bread & Pastry in San Diego, CA. Crystal grew up in Napa, CA surrounded by world-class food and hospitality. She determined from a young age that baking was her calling. For 17 years she has worked her way through kitchens, honing her skills and narrowing her focus. In 2010 she co-founded and managed Proof Bakery in Los Angeles, Calif. After that she worked her way up through the bread department at the world-renowned Tartine Bakery in San Francisco. The culmination of this experience led her to open Wayfarer in May of 2018.
Mai Nguyen, born and raised in San Diego, is a farmer reviving healthful, rare heritage grains to make these staple foods good for our bodies and environment rather than for companies. Recognizing that transforming the food system away from profit motives to serve human well-being, Mai organizes farmers, advocates, and eaters to create sustainable structural, infrastructural, and systemic change. In 2017, Mai helped pass the Farmer Equity Act, a momentous civil rights bill for California agriculture. Mai is the National Young Farmers Coalition's California Organizer and California Grain Campaign co-founder, and has been recognized for their farming and advocacy work as a 2018 Berkeley Food Institute Changemaker and 2018 Grist 50 Fixer.
Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins is Executive Chef/Partner of El Jardín, a modern Mexican restaurant in San Diego’s Point Loma neighborhood. Inspired by the regional cuisine in Mexico, where her passion for food was first cultivated, El Jardín is an expression of Zepeda’s culinary journey as a chef. Born in the U.S. and raised between Tijuana and San Diego, Zepeda credits the confluence of flavors and ingredients she was exposed to while spending time with family in Tijuana and Guadalajara, including her aunt Lorenza who owned her own restaurant, as paving the way for her eventual career. Prior to El Jardín, Zepeda was chef de cuisine at Javier Plascencia’s celebrated Bracero and also spent time alongside chef Gavin Kaysen at his former San Diego restaurant, El Bizcocho. A member of Buzzfeed's inaugural Tasty talent program and former Top Chef Season 15 + Top Chef Mexico competitor, Zepeda continues to find inspiration from her frequent visits to Mexico, as well as her husband and teenage son and daughter whom she resides with in San Diego’s Bonita neighborhood.
Candice Woo is the founding editor of Eater San Diego, a trusted resource for food news and dining guides which began covering the local restaurant, bar, and nightlife scene in 2012. Candice worked in a restaurant kitchen before translating her love of food to writing about the industry and advocating for sustainable food via Slow Food Urban San Diego. She spent three years as the restaurant reviewer for San Diego CityBeat and has contributed to many local and national publications including San Diego Magazine, the San Diego Union-Tribune, Edible San Diego, and DRAFT Magazine.