Meet Team Salt & Wind

Salt & Wind Travel Founder Aida Mollenkamp


Aida Mollenkamp, Founder and Editor-In-Chief

Aida is a food and travel expert who is on a mission to help travelers taste the world. She is the founder and Editor-In-Chief of the boutique travel company, Salt & Wind, which is made up of this online magazine as well as the travel  services arm, Salt & Wind Travel.

Aida has extensive background in the travel and food media world, having traveled to over 30 countries and having worked in the world of food since she was 15. She studied at the Cornell Hotel School and Le Cordon Bleu Paris before joining CHOW Magazine where she worked as Food Editor. Aida then moved to television and hosted the Food Network show, Ask Aida, FoodCrafters on the Cooking Channel, In The Pantry on Yahoo!, and the TasteMade series, Off Menu. Her cookbook, Keys To The Kitchen, is a go-to for home cooks who want to become more adventurous. 

A native Californian, Aida is driven by places with that same creative spirit of the Golden State. She speaks four languages and has lived across the United States as well as in France and Italy.

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Jackie Bryant, Editor-At-Large & Trips Coordinator

Jackie is a food and travel writer who can often be found in some phase of entering or exiting Mexico. After leaving her native New York and escaping her former career in finance, she relocated to San Diego. Her work can be found at publications like Roads & Kingdoms, New Worlder, AFAREater, Thrillist and The Infatuation, among others. In addition to contributing to Salt & Wind, she's also using her Baja and Spain expertise to help design and execute Salt & Wind's trips.

Bradley Chen, Social Media and Editorial Intern

Bradley is a sophomore studying Hotel Administration at Cornell University. From a young age, he has always been intrigued and inspired by the art of pastry and documents his creations in his baking & lifestyle blog, Brad & Butter. Ultimately, Bradley hopes to inspire other people through the lens of food, photography, and text. Here at Salt & Wind, Bradley helps run our social media platforms and works to keep all of our site content up-to-date.

Gianna Duda, Marketing Intern

Gianna Duda is currently a senior in the SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University, where she is majoring in Hotel Administration and concentrating in Marketing. Having grown up working in the service industry, Gianna is a lover of all things food and culture, finding enjoyment in meeting new people from all corners of the globe. Working for companies such as Bandier, Gurney's Resorts, SoulCycle, and ThinkFoodGroup by José Andrés, Gianna has been able to pursue endeavors in branding, luxury marketing, and hospitality. As an intern for Salt & Wind, Gianna works on marketing and developing the Salt & Wind Travel brand.


Ashley MaurerWellness Contributor

Ashley Maurer is a content creator and strategist who's hungry for anything and everything and helps people on their journey towards social media perfection. She covers Wellness stories for Salt & Wind with the aim of helping our readers healthy, centered, and rested when they travel.

Hayley Feldman, Travel Tips Contributor

Hayley is a food travel writer who was born in Charleston, South Carolina. She currently resides in Venice, California with her husband, Jesse have recently opened their very first, tiny restaurant in Venice Beach, Chez Tex. Hayley writes travel tips and all sorts of food travel stories for Salt & Wind.

Ligaya Malones, Hawaii and California Contributor

Ligaya Malones writes about bright spots in food and travel from San Diego and abroad. Ligaya writes travel tips and various food stories about Hawaii and California for Salt & Wind.

Photo by Christine Davis