Adam Rapoport Bio

Adam Rapoport is the host of Best Baker in America.

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Rapoport joined Bon Appétit in 2011 as editor-in-chief, and with his distinct point of view, reinvented the food lifestyle category. With 22 National Magazine Award nominations, including wins in 2014 for General Excellence and Photography; 13 James Beard Foundation Journalism Award nominations and 63 Society of Publication Designers nominations; he made Bon Appétit the most decorated food brand in the industry.

In 2014, as editorial director of Epicurious, he relaunched and re-branded the iconic cooking website. Under Rapoport’s leadership, Bon Appétit has soared to new digital heights. It boasts a robust video platform, the #1 food podcast on iTunes (which Adam hosts) and more than 1 million social followers on each Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Rapoport is a frequent guest on the TODAY show, CBS This Morning, and NPR. You can see what he’s eating, drinking and wearing on TwitterInstagram and Snapchat @Rapo4.

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