Chef Bios

Chef Alan Bergo

A contributor to the Outdoor News Taste of the Wild

Alan Bergo – a contributor to the Outdoor News Taste of the Wild Chef Alan Bergo is a Midwestern native. After 10 years working under chefs from Italy, he was sous chef to Chef Lenny Russo at St. Paul, Minnesota’s 7-time James Beard nominee restaurant Heartland, executive chef of the Salt Cellar, and finally, chef at farm to table cornerstone…

Meet Jeff Benda

A contributor to the Outdoor News Taste of the Wild

Jeff Benda is based in North Dakota, where he is an avid outdoorsman and family man. He spent 25 years in the restaurant industry and ran a successful catering business. He now focuses his time home cooking as a creative outlet to transform wild game and bring it into traditional recipes from around the world to help expand people’s perceptions….

Linda Ly

The founder and creative force behind

Meet our newest Taste of the Wild contributor. Photographed by Will Taylor. A bestselling cookbook author – she is best known as the founder and creative force behind, a leading home/garden and adventure/recreation site in the outdoor living sphere. Linda Ly’s joy is helping people become a little more self-sufficient at home and experience the beauty of the outdoors,…

Ryan Lisson

The Outdoor News Taste of the Wild brings you the expertise of chefs and cookbook authors from around the country who specialize in wild game, fish and wild edibles. Meet Ryan Lisson, one of these contributors, who also is the founder of Zero To Hunt, a website to mentor new adult hunters.

Karen Solomon

Karen Solomon is a food preservation teacher and food writer whose cookbooks include Cured Meat, Smoked Fish & Pickled Eggs; Asian Pickles: Sweet, Sour, Salty, Cured, and Fermented Preserves; Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It; as well as Can It, Bottle It, Smoke It. Her articles and recipes have appeared in, Fine Cooking, Prevention, Men’s Health, Every Day with Rachael Ray, and Yoga Journal…

Kory Slye

About the Chef: Kory is the Managing Editor of Harvesting Nature, an online outdoor publication focusing on wild game recipes, hunting and fishing narratives, and adventure articles. He has been an avid hunter and fisherman for most of his life and enjoys spending time in the outdoors with his family. Kory currently lives in northwestern Pennsylvania with his wife and…

Keane Amdahl

Photo by Michael Patrick Bauman  Meet Keane Amdahl (follow him @FoodStoned) a social media specialist, food writer, and blogger. His work has appeared in Thrillist, City Pages, Lavender, and Twin Cities Food Finds. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with current work as the sustainable seafood coordinator and subject matter expert at the Minnesota Zoo. Lake Fish – Modern Cooking With…

Ken McBroom

Meet a Taste of the Wild Contributor: Ken McBroom After a tour with the Army in Operation Desert Storm, Ken’s wanderlust took him all over our great country to include the oceans, rivers and mountains of Alaska Ken is an accomplished outdoor writer and photographer. Growing up in Lynchburg Tennessee allowed him many opportunities afield as a boy and young man….

Meet Author Teresa Marrone

We’ll be sharing an excerpt from Teresa Marrone’s latest cookbook, “Dishing Up Minnesota” in the pages of Outdoor News. Keep an eye out for her recipe for Grilled Venison Loin with Honey, Juniper and Black Pepper Glaze in the Taste of the Wild cooking feature.

Meet Chef and Author Susan Ebert

Meet one of our contributing chefs…. huntress•angler•forager•gardener•writer•cook Author, The Field to Table Cookbook On Facebook as Field to Table Features writer, Edible Houston Contributor, Dorado magazine Columnist, Sporting Classics magazine Member, Texas Outdoor Writers Association Member, Outdoor Writers of America Association Member, Professional Outdoor Media Association The Field to Table Cookbook: Gardening, Foraging, Fishing, and Hunting by Susan L. Ebert, Welcome Books (Rizzoli); 2016….

Recipes from Nature by Kay and Bill LIndner

Behind the enticing photography that lures readers into the world of hunting, fishing, harvesting, and preparing wild fare, and instructive text that leads readers on a journey in the cookbook “Recipes from Nature”, is the Minnesota duo of Bill and Kay Lindner. Well known for Kay’s food related contributions to many monthly and quarterly outdoor publications, and Bill’s award-winning photography…

Chef Tyler Viars

As an avid hunter and Whitetail Properties Land Specialist, he prides himself as a “rooter to the tooter,” waste-nothing cook. Utilizing his “Cookin’ in Camo” brand, established outdoor television background, and his new platform as a MasterChef, Season Five, finalist – Tyler Viars is all set up as the vehicle to merge the outdoor and food industries.