Bon Appétit, Needing a Reset, Hires Book Publishing Executive, Dawn Davis.
Bon Appétit has long been one of the giants in the food media industry and benefited mightily by jumping on the YouTube food video wave with tons of content on their YouTube Channel. Their gourmet videos created in their test kitchen featuring the likes of Priya Krishna, Molly Baz, Ariel Stanek, Claire Saffitz, Chris Morocco and others became hugely popular, with individual videos gaining millions of views.
Unfortunately, the masthead has been in the news lately for all the wrong reasons. Accusations of pay disparity, racial bias, and an overall toxic work environment during outgoing editor in chief, Adam Rapoport’s tenure were detailed in a report by Rachel Premack at Business Insider. The report was based on communications with “14 current and former contributors or employees at Bon Appétit.”
Now Condé Nast has decided that Dawn Davis, until recently a top executive at Simon & Schuster, was the right person to bring the title into a new era. Judging by recent reporting, the goal will be a new focus on a more inclusive environment internally and a more authentic explorations of culturally diverse cuisines for Bon Appétit’s readers and viewers.
Ultimately, the hope may be for Bon Appétit to become a thought leader, helping to usher in a new and more inclusive age for the food publishing industry as a whole.
Ms. Davis grew up in L.A. and graduated from Stanford. After a short career on Wall St. she left to focus on her passion, the publishing industry.
After stops at The New Press and HarperCollins, she was most recently president and publisher of 37 INK, a division of Simon & Schuster.