Rozanne Gold, renowned chef and food writer, has cooked for Presidents and Prime Ministers and began her career at age 23 as first chef to New York Mayor Ed Koch.  Considered one of the most prominent women in the food world, she is the author of thirteen cookbooks and a four-time winner of the prestigious James Beard Award.  Her most recent book, Radically Simple, was chosen “one of the year’s best” by the New York Times, and named one of the most important cookbooks of the past twenty-five years by Cooking Light magazine.  Named a “Mover and Shaker” by Business Week, she helped re-create New York’s magical Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Center; the legendary Windows on the World, and three of New York’s three-star restaurants.  A graduate of Tufts University with honors in psychology and education, Rozanne recently “rescued” Gourmet magazine’s 3500-cookbook library by purchasing it and donating it to New York University.  She has been on the Board of the Greyston Bakery, American Friends of Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, Les Dames d’Escoffier, and was a trustee of Arts Horizons. A graduate of NYZCCC’s Foundations in Buddhist Contemplative Care program, she has completed 1000 hours of clinical work and training as an end-of-life doula. With her new MFA in poetry from the New School, she now teaches an undergraduate course called “The Language of Food.”  An advocate in the field of contemplative care, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Michael Whiteman, and continues to explore the idea of spiritual nourishment. In addition, she and her husband help fund a program at NYU Medical Center in doctor-patient communication. She has been a trustee of NYZCCC for three years.