Jess Allen is excited to be returning this season as The Social‘s correspondent and looks forward to writing more stories for the show’s website on everything from food, films and books to science and history.  She’s also appears on air every Friday as the show’s fifth chair.

Before joining the team at The Social, Jess was an assistant editor at Maclean’s, where she wrote arts-and culture-related stories for the website and magazine. Her Toronto International Film Festival coverage in 2011—her first time reporting on the festival—earned Maclean’s a nomination at the National Magazine Awards, which, coincidentally, Jess and Lainey co-hosted in June 2015.

Following the completion of a master’s degree in the history of art at the University of Toronto, Jess spent a year in Florence, Italy, working as an art-history teaching assistant.

After work, Jess maintains Foodie and the Beast, a relationship blog that masquerades as a food blog, and for the last two years was a weekly national columnist at Metro, Canada’s largest daily newspaper.

She currently lives in Toronto with her partner, Simon.