Founder and editor, Toqueland
ANDREW FRIEDMAN is the founder, editor and chief contributor to the website TOQUELAND, where he takes readers inside the world of America’s best chefs via profiles, interviews, news, and commentary.
Andrew earned his insight into the lives and work of our top toques by collaborating on more than 20 cookbooks and narrative projects with chefs including Alfred Portale, Michael Lomonaco, Bill Telepan, Laurent Tourondel, Michelle Bernstein, David Waltuck, and former White House Chef Walter Scheib. In 2009, he wrote his first nonfiction book Knives at Dawn: America’s Quest for Culinary Glory at the Bocuse d’Or, the World’s Most Prestigious Cooking Competition, for which he trailed the American team organized by Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, and Jerome Bocuse, and led by Timothy Hollingsworth, chef de cuisine of The French Laundry.
Andrew also co-edited and largely ghostwrote the popular anthology Don’t Try This at Home, which features kitchen disaster stories from 40 chefs including Eric Ripert, Mario Batali, Marcus Samuelsson, Wylie Dufresne, and Scott Conant. In addition to his culinary-themed work, he is an editor at large for TENNIS Magazine and the coauthor of American tennis star James Blake’s New York Times bestselling memoir Breaking Back. He is currently working on projects with chefs Michael White and Paul Liebrandt.
Andrew lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and two young children.