“I will dive into everything Food & Wine from the day I start,” she said. “I want to grow the brand and evolve the brand, but I also don’t want to rush. There has never been a better time for food, what with social media, the way people travel for food and all the elements of the Food & Wine lifestyle.” She said she hoped that readers would immediately notice her impact on the magazine.
Motamed, 44, was born in Iran and grew up in Paris and New York. She had been with Travel & Leisure magazine and Epicurious and most recently was the director of inspiration for Conrad Hotels & Resorts, helping the hotels to “deliver authentic experiences at their destinations, to help people to best use their time,” as she put it.