About Leslie Brenner

Photo © 2016 by Manny Rodriguez

Photo © 2016 by Manny Rodriguez

Cooks Without Borders founder Leslie Brenner is a former journalist who served as The Dallas Morning News longtime restaurant critic, The Los Angeles Times food editor and a contributing editor at Travel + Leisure. The winner of a long list of honors, including two James Beard Awards, Leslie is a self-taught cook with an MFA in fiction writing from Columbia University and a BA in English from Stanford University. She is the author of five books about food and wine, including American Appetite: The Coming of Age of a Cuisine and The Fourth Star: Dispatches from Inside Daniel Boulud’s Celebrated New York Restaurant, along with an acclaimed novel, Greetings From the Golden State.

Since 2017, she has been working in the food & beverage industry; during her two-year tenure with Rebees, she helped open Billy Can Can and Hatchways Café, both in Victory Park, Dallas. The consultancy she launched in 2019, Leslie Brenner Concepts, specializes in food & beverage programming, concept creation, culture-building and project vision. She co-founded The Food Talk, a collaboration with Seth Brammer and Josh Sutcliff, in 2019 as well.