Nilou Motamed is the Editor of Time Inc.’s Food & Wine, where she oversees the editorial operations and content of one of the culinary world’s most influential media brands, reaching an audience of more than 13 million. Nilou manages Food & Wine’s tentpole franchises and partnerships, including the industry-changing Best New Chefs and millennial food site FWx.
A globally recognized food, travel, and lifestyle authority, Nilou is a frequent guest on national television programs ranging from NBC’s Today to CNN. She has served as the host of several TV series, including the restaurant review show “Reservations Required” and the Travel Channel's “Travel Spies.”
Before joining Food & Wine, Nilou served as Conrad Hotels’ first-ever Director of Inspiration, where she helped create a new guest experience platform for 24 luxury properties around the world and to launch the brand’s stayinspired.com. She is the former Editor-in-Chief of Condé Nast’s Epicurious; during her tenure the digital food brand saw unprecedented growth and record-setting site traffic.
Nilou was previously the Features Director & Senior Correspondent for Travel + Leisure, running the magazine’s feature well and special platforms, and covering hotels, shopping, culture, design, and trends in the world of luxury travel. She shaped T+L's restaurants coverage and was the creator and driving force behind the brand's annual Food & Travel Issue.
Under Nilou’s watch, Travel + Leisure was nominated for 8 James Beard Journalism Awards. In collaboration with CNN, she created T+L’s Eat Like a Local special—combining print, digital, social, and broadcast in a world-spanning food platform.
Nilou is a regularly featured host and speaker at travel symposia and food events and festivals around the world. She is a longtime regional panelist for the James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards.
Born in Iran and raised in Paris and New York, Nilou attended Binghamton University and the Sorbonne in Paris and is fluent in four languages. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, writer-editor Peter Jon Lindberg. Nilou can be found on Instagram and Twitter at @niloumotamed.