Dave DeWitt

Dave DeWitt, “The Pope of Peppers," is one of the foremost authorities in the world on chile peppers and spicy foods, but he got his start in electronic media. Dave’s interest in chile peppers led to his writing numerous articles on the subject and, in 1984, St. Martin’s Press published his book, The Fiery Cuisines, co-authored with Nancy Gerlach. In 1988, DeWitt and Gerlach approached publisher Robert Spiegel, and the three launched Chile Pepper magazine.  In 1996, Dave moved on to launch Fiery Foods & Barbecue magazine. In 2008 he closed it to focus on the Fiery Foods & Barbecue SuperSite . In 1995, Dave’s book A World of Curries was nominated for a James Beard Award. Publishers Weekly has dubbed him “a veteran spice-meister.” Several years later, Dave received his ultimate accolade from no less than The New York Times that declared him to be “The Pope of Peppers.”