About BigOven

BigOven was started by a software veteran who loves to cook. Steve was standing in a grocery store in 2003, wishing he could look up his family recipes, as well as a vast cookbook of options to make the most of what was freshest that day.

With BigOven, you can take your recipes anywhere, make grocery lists, and easily share your favorite creations with your friends, family or even your future self when you need them. An innovative leader in the category, BigOven was the first recipe app for iOS, Android and Windows Phone, and has been downloaded over 11 million times, with over 2 million registered members. We're building a Kitchen Cloud platform with our API, connecting home cooks with the foods they love, allowing developers, bloggers and webmasters to add recipes and shopping lists to their apps.

We're located in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, at 600 North 36th St, Suite 400, Seattle Washington 98103.

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Our Team


Steve

I love to cook.  It's a fun, creative activity that can be enjoyed every single day.

Meals are about sharing. I think we'd all benefit by slowing down a bit, and focusing more on the nightly family dinner.  Life is too short, and the many lasting benefits of regular all-family meals are well-documented. It's where we connect, learn to share, learn manners, and pass along family lore.

I started BigOven because I love cooking, and think we can make it much simpler and more fun. BigOven is all about solving the 'What should we make tonight?' problem for you.

Now that I've got most of my own favorite recipes online and on my smartphone, cooking for a family of five is much easier.

Software veteran and home cook Steve Murch founded BigOven, and leads the passionate team behind it.


Meliza

Cooking is a family affair in our household. It helps us merge and create new family traditions. I was born in the Philippines and moved to Los Angeles in my teens. I survived LA in the 80s and drawn to creativity and technology, embarked on a path focused on marketing, advertising, and digital media. We moved to the Pacific Northwest - after being told it only 'mists' here - to enjoy the work, people, food, and lifestyle.

Nowadays, we savor our family time together, creating concoctions in the kitchen. My kids love to mix and match ingredients to come up with new flavors. I, on the other hand, like to use recipes. I get excited about recipes featuring beets, chocolate, or practically anything with truffles. My husband has a love affair with his barbecue, slow roasting, and harissa seasoning.

BigOven is a great fit for our family lifestyle. Our grocery list and recipes - including my mom's Arroz a la Cubana and my grandmother-in-law's handed-down, delectable stew recipe - are in one place, helping make shopping and cooking easier. We get to enjoy our fun, quality kitchen time together, especially when it's misting outside.

Meliza's a Disney, ad agency and consumer marketing veteran who whips up a terrific dinner party. She leads BigOven's marketing team.


Adam

I love to eat great food, and really enjoy when my wife and daughter cook together. Having grown up in Europe, and traveled/worked in Asia, the Middle East and Africa I have some eclectic tastes and am often trying new culinary experiences, the more unusual the better. I value variety, and I love when my daughter experiments by "inventing" new dishes (which we add to her growing BigOven collection.)

Living at altitude in the mountains of Colorado we schedule our trips to the grocery store, and try to plan ahead. Since we are a mobile device household the BigOven applications are just right to help us save on unexpected trips, and manage our fridge & pantry.

I enjoy working on the mobile applications since they help people experience new recipes, save money, and get more out of eating. I strive to have them fullfill the very personalized commitment of "take your recipes anywhere".


Tammy

I'm a fellow culinary enthusiast who is lucky enough to look at recipes all day long – and get paid for it!

Cooking and food have always been central to my life. After being spoiled by my mom's awesome cooking for many years, I learned to create delicious dishes of my own so I wouldn’t starve while at university. My specialties are shakshuka (an egg and tomato dish), roasted vegetables (I’m currently on a Brussels sprouts and sweet potato kick) and simple tofu dishes. I love to cook dinner with my friends and we use grocery list to make the shopping easier for everyone. When I’m not curating content for BigOven, I’m probably overindulging in free samples at Seattle’s Pike Place Market or sitting outside with a good book.

Tammy Ellenhorn is an Associate Product Manager at BigOven and is the chef behind many of the recipe collections and menus in the apps.


Bob

I love Italian food, especially a good deep dish pizza!

I'm "The Breakfast Guy" at my house, multi-tasking like a short order chef. My specialty is a scrambled egg creation of salmon, spinach, mushrooms, peppers and cheese. I actually like grocery shopping, seeing each visit as a type of "time trial" to see how quickly and efficiently I can get through the store. The BigOven grocery list has certainly made that a lot easier!

Bob Hogan is BigOven's Director of Advertising Partnerships


Joan

I'm an inspired cook who gets motivated to cook a bunch of things at once, sort of like a frenzy of cooking. I love to make White Bean Chicken Chili, Pumpkin Bread, and other fall recipes. In the summer, nothing beats fresh tomatoes from the garden, and greek salads with fresh cucumbers and feta cheese. The key is to use fresh ingrediants that are in-season to keep things interesting. I get inspired by mouth-watering photos of vegan dishes. I watch my calories, so the lighter the recipes, the better. Cooking is fun and a great creative outlet, even more fun when someone else cleans up the dishes.

Joan Fortman is BigOven's Midwest Director of Advertising Partnerships


Elizabeth

I have always enjoyed experimenting in the kitchen. It’s fun to taste the finished product and make something new and exciting for family and friends.

Figuring out what to make for dinner should be a positive experience. BigOven is a wonderful place to store my own recipes as well as discover new recipes… every day I come across recipes that I want to make!

My favorite dish is mac & cheese with sharp cheddar, gruyere, nutmeg and lumachelle pasta. Twice-baked apple blue cheese potatoes are definitely a close runner-up.

Everyone eats, so everyone should cook too, or at least give it a try!

Elizabeth Schneider is an Associate Product Manager at BigOven


Lofton

Though I might not spend a lot of time in the kitchen, I'm a lover of all foods. Growing up in a diverse environment, I've had the chance to experience many unique or otherwise interesting cuisines ranging from Hawaiian, traditional Southern, Hungarian, and Filipino.

I've always enjoyed grilling, especially in the summer. Whether it's a simple marinade for chicken or a delicious steak recipe, I've become more adventurous in my cooking (thanks to BigOven).

I'm very excited to be a part of the BigOven team and look forward to creating a great user-experience.


Doug

Let's be honest: I don't cook. Unless it involves a grill, it's a challenge for me. But, just as you don't have to paint to appreciate fine art, I'm living proof that you don't have to cook to enjoy BigOven. Whether it's a new way to prepare Filet Mignon for New Year's Eve or the tasty Barbecue Roasted Salmon recipe for a summer dinner on the deck, I am always more than willing to track down the perfect BigOven recipe for someone else to prepare. I'll gladly do the dishes.

I am thankful to be a part of the BigOven team. We continually work to bring the best experience to our users and that's a challenge I enjoy.

Doug Hays works on BigOven's iOS and other mobile apps


Jordan

As with Lofton and Doug, I am a bit clueless when it comes to finding my way around the kitchen. When prepping for family feasts, I am often restricted to peeling carrots and drying lettuce. But what I lack in cooking ability, I make up for with a passion for eating.

Like many, I use food as a tool for sampling different cultures and concocting new recipes, an outlet for ‘traveling’ and creativity. BigOven’s massive recipe collection has certainly helped me in my path to becoming the ultimate foodie. I recently found an affinity for grilling steaks and vegetables, especially mushrooms. Aside from overeating, my favorite pastimes include reading, exploring new places, and reciting Seinfeld quotes.

I am thrilled to be a part of the BigOven team, and I hope to play a major role in bringing the app to millions of cooks around the world.

Jordan Strong is an associate marketing manager for BigOven


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