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Mary Beth Albright      

Food Network Star Finalist; Author; Food Writer; Host & Editor of "Food Video" for the Washington Post

Mary Beth Albright is a food expert with broad experience, from food attorney to finalist on Food Network Star, where she competed on Iron Chef America.

Her passion for good food grew from her mentor, the legendary Surgeon General C. Everett Koop. After 15 years of working with Dr. Koop on health and food issues, and attending Georgetown Law School (graduating cum laude), Albright advised on food systems and managed a White House initiative. She also worked at the D.C law firm of Williams & Connolly and Roll Call, the oldest Capitol Hill newspaper. As an undergraduate, Albright attended The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. She completed L'Academie de Cuisine's two-semester culinary course in Bethesda, Md.

Albright is a frequent panel moderator, including for the U.S. State Department and the Smithsonian, and her food-judging expertise is sought regularly, including the time she ate 2,000 foods in three days to judge the Outstanding New Products Awards. Outside of the food world, her service includes serving on multiple boards and co-chairing the National Cathedral Elementary School Scholarship Fund's 40th anniversary, raising almost $1 million. She is an elected member of Les Dames d'Escoffier, an esteemed group of women in the culinary professions, which counts Julia Child among its alumnae.

Albright lives in Washington, D.C. with her 10-year-old son Truman, who wants to know if you want to talk about baseball.

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