|Check, Please! Bay Area: Biographies|
Leslie Sbrocco, Host
Leslie Sbrocco is an award-winning author, writer, speaker, and now the television host of KQED's Check, Please! Bay Area. Her first book, Wine for Women: A Guide to Buying, Pairing and Sharing Wine (William Morrow) has been excerpted by two national magazines -- Redbook and Family Circle -- and won the coveted Georges Duboeuf Best Wine Book of the Year award. Sbrocco is currently working on her second book to be released in 2006.
As a regular columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and Tasting Notes columnist for Epicurious.com, Sbrocco's monthly musings are enjoyed by thousands. Her current work can be read in publications such as O, the Oprah magazine, Coastal Living, Good Housekeeping, Glamour, and Santé. Whether appearing on television as the wine expert for the cooking show Seasonings on PBS, CBS television's Evening Magazine, the Today Show or CNN, Sbrocco's humor and passion resonates with viewers.
Leslie is a consultant with the Kimpton Hotel Group, a respected judge at many of the country's largest wine competitions, and a proud mother of two. She lives with her husband and children in Sonoma County, California.
Tina Salter, Series Producer
Tina Salter has been producing public television cooking shows for KQED Public Broadcasting for more than 15 years, most recently as the series producer of Weir Cooking in the City with Joanne Weir. Her production credits include such award-winning series as Yan Can Cook as well as five series with Jacques Pépin, including Jacques Pépin Celebrates! She has also worked on Mollie Katzen's Cooking Show and Look and Cook with Anne Willan. A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Cooking School in London, Salter is an award-winning cookbook author of Nuts: Sweet and Savory Recipes from Diamond of California, and Gratins: Elegant Dishes from Oven to Table, as well as a contributor to the production of assorted other cookbooks.
June Ouellette, Associate Producer
June Mesina Ouellette brings over 15 years of television production experience to KQED, working on a wide variety of local and national programs from studio-based programs, live performances, and informational series, to documentaries. Some of her production credits include award-winning programs such as "Spark," "And Then One Night: The Making of Dead Man Walking," "Short Stories and Tall Tales," "Dancing on the Edge," "Corridos! Tales of Passion and Revolution," and "Frida Kahlo: Portrait of an Artist."
Michael Isip, Executive Producer
As executive director of television production and programming, Michael Isip directs all areas related to television content including production, acquisition, programming, creative services, and research and development. He serves as executive producer of The Josh Kornbluth Show, and produced the acclaimed documentary Hope on the Street.
In 2003, Isip was one of five journalists from around the U.S. to receive a Kaiser Family Foundation Media Fellowship in Health. Isip was also one of seven journalists awarded a Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health in 2000. Isip received his B.A. from Cornell University, his J.D. from DePaul University, and he is a licensed attorney in Illinois.