Happy Birthday, Cherry Bombe. Thanks For Celebrating Women In Food & Drink Everyday


If you know anything about women in food and drink, surely the force that is Cherry Bombe has come across your feed. Run by founder and editor-in-chief Kerry Diamond, the organization has been going strong for the last decade and continues to grow every day. From magazines and network meetings to festivals and conferences, there’s no end to their mission of celebrating women in the industry.

Your favorite cooks and bakers behind some of the most delicious treats, savory and sweet, have probably been featured in the magazine or on air with Diamond on Radio Cherry Bombe, the number one weekly female-focused food podcast with over 450 episodes to date, and 1.1 million downloads last year alone. From seasoned pros like Ina Garten, Nigella Lawson, and Padma Lakshmi to newcomers just getting their feet wet, Diamond and her team scour the scene to talk, to support, and celebrate women chefs, creators, bakers, and changemakers in and around the kitchen. And now with her growing team, Cherry Bombe media has expanded with newly launched podcasts, The Future of Food is You with community builder Abena Anim-Somuah focusing on the next generation of food leaders and She’s My Cherry Pie with baker, author, and recipe developer Jessie Sheehan.

When you hear Diamond say, “You’re the bombe,” at the close of a meeting, event, or weekly podcast, listeners and members know she means it—that her entire raison d’etre is to show support in an industry that is in no way easy. Diamond knows that the percentage who makes it is small, and if you are in it and passionate, you deserve all the support you can get. “Cherry Bombe came about for a few different reasons,” says Diamond. “I wanted to do something to celebrate the interesting women in food who I knew were out there…and, as fun and bustling as the restaurant world can be, it can also be isolating because of the hours and the challenges it presents. I was craving community and it turned out a lot of other women were, too.”

Well before Cherry Bombe, however, Diamond worked in the world media for WWD, Harper’s Bazaar, Lancôme, and Coach. “I had a knack for spotting talent and trends,” Diamond says. “I loved working with and interviewing industry legends, everyone from Evelyn Lauder to Bobbi Brown to Julia Roberts. It was a big deal for a kid from Staten Island who had had a paper route and went to a state university.”

While at Lancôme, Diamond started dating a chef and together they wound up opening a few restaurants in Brooklyn. “Pro tip: You should definitely work in a restaurant before you own a restaurant.” She continues, “I was immediately struck by how bro-ey this world was, especially compared to the woman-centric world of beauty and fashion I had come from.”

And the name? “The name Cherry Bombe was the only name we ever considered,” says Diamond. “It was perfect because it was part The Runaways song, firecracker, and French ice cream dessert. We did a Kickstarter and raised $42,675 to produce the first issue, which was released in May 2013. Issue No. 1 featured everyone from a food scientist to a top food stylist, star chef, Tennessee barbecue queen, conceptual food artist, and supermodel cookie entrepreneur. (Karlie Kloss).”

Diamond says the response to the first issue was overwhelming. Women felt acknowledged and celebrated and energized to have a spotlight focused solely on them. The podcast came soon after, then Jubilee, Cherry Bombe’s annual celebration. After Eater’s 2013 story on women being left out of food conferences, the newly formed media group considered the story a re-affirmation that their place in food media, for women was the right place at the right time.

What’s in the Oven?

Cherry Bombe and the Bombesquad are just a few weeks away from their annual Jubilee conference, the largest gathering of women in the worlds of food, drink, and hospitality. Held in Manhattan on April 15, the 10th Jubilee is expected to include a full day of events for over 700 attendees. Media and design powerhouse Joanna Gaines will be speaking at this year’s conference. Gaines, the co-founder of Magnolia, which includes top design magazine and television Network, has made it her mission to help families gather, decorate, and celebrate together.

The team is also gearing up for production on Season Two of the companion podcast series to HBO Max’s Julia, which aired for the first time last year and focuses on the life of chef and food media legend Julia Child.

Last but certainly not least, Diamond is thrilled to report that the print magazine will increase its frequency, from twice a year to quarterly. Which means all the more faces and personalities on the covers. And, when asked about producing more than one cover for an issue (see the two latest covers above), Diamond says, “there are just so many women to celebrate. There’s no doubt about it, these women are changing the food world, and in turn the world.”

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