Our Herb Team
Shannon brings a wealth of knowledge to her position as Culinary Development Manager. She specializes in world cuisines, most notably French, Italian and Mexican. She was kitchen director for the nationally aired cooking program, "Mexico One Plate at a Time," starring Rick Bayless. In addition, she has also worked with premier food organizations including The Kraft Kitchens, National Cattleman's Beef Association, Cooking Light Magazine and Sur La Table.
Allana Mortell is a home cook, food blogger and social media fanatic eating and tweeting her way through the streets of Chicago. From discussing crispy salmon sushi rice on the television show, "Check, Please" to blogging for Marcus Samuelsson, Allana believes there's no better parallel than that of food and storytelling. Her recipes reflect simple and honest cooking, with huge bytes and bursts of flavor (thanks to Gourmet Garden herbs, of course). For more recipes, stories and ramblings on food, visit www.allanabytes.com