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The Association of Food Journalists announced 53 winners in its 2013 awards competition at a dinner in Park City, Utah, on September 19. The awards, which recognized excellence in 16 categories of food writing and editing, received 290 entries worldwide.


The 2013 competition reflected changes in journalism as a whole, and food journalism in particular, by adding new awards categories. New this year were awards for best writing on beer, wine and/or spirits; best story on food policy or food issues; best student writing on food; best non-newspaper food feature; best food blog, multiple writers; and best food multimedia presentation.


Nancy J. Stohs, food editor at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, chaired the 2013 competition. Greg Morago, food editor at the Houston Chronicle, managed the judging process.


The recently added categories “created new energy this year,” Morago said. “Going through all the entries, I was able to see that food writers continue to tackle a wide variety of issues from news (food safety, food politics, local food concerns) to entertainment (restaurant criticism, dining guides, pop culture and trend stories) to the bread and butter of food sections (recipes, chef profiles, local consumer pieces). Special projects, which require enormous editorial work, were especially impressive this year, with dozens of sophisticated sections that served local readers well.


“Overall, it was beyond encouraging to see food editors and writers continue to feed their audiences — whether in print or online — an abundance of well-reported, entertaining and inventive work.”


The Association of Food Journalists, now in its 39th year, encourages communication among professional writers specializing in all aspects of food and food-related journalism. It has sponsored the awards competition since 1986.


Best Newspaper Food Coverage
above 200,000 circulation

(tie for third place)


FIRST: The San Francisco Chronicle, Miriam Morgan, Food Editor
SECOND: The Boston Globe, Sheryl Julian, Food Editor
THIRD: The Washington Post, Joe Yonan, Food Editor and Bonnie Benwick, Deputy Editor
THIRD: Philadelphia Daily News, Laurie T. Conrad, Food Editor


Best Newspaper Food Coverage
below 200,000 circulation


FIRST: San Antonio Express-News, Karen Haram, Food Editor
SECOND: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Bob Batz Jr., Food Editor
THIRD: The Advocate, Baton Rouge, LA, Cheramie Sonnier, Food Editor


Best Newspaper Special Food Project
(tie for first and second place)


FIRST: The Kansas City Star, "Edge City," Jill Silva, Food Editor
FIRST: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "This Is Pittsburgh Food," Bob Batz Jr., Food Editor
SECOND: Steve Hoffman, Minneapolis Star Tribune, "Letters from France"
SECOND: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "On Our Plate," Nancy Stohs, Food Editor
THIRD: Minneapolis Star Tribune, "Taste 50," Lee Dean, Food Editor


Best Newspaper Food Feature
above 220,000 circulation


FIRST: Andrea Adleman, The Washington Post, "The Psychology of Cupcakes"
SECOND: Katy McLaughlin, The Wall Street Journal, "Get Your Goat On"
THIRD: Greg Morago, The Houston Chronicle, "Barbecue Nerds"


Best Newspaper Food Feature
125,000-220,000 circulation


FIRST: Cindy Hoedel, The Kansas City Star, "Rabbit Revival"
SECOND: The late Jackie Loohauis-Bennett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Humble blender hails from Wisconsin ingenuity"
THIRD: Jill Silva, The Kansas City Star, "Growing Change"


Best Newspaper Food Feature
below 125,000 circulation


FIRST: Drew Lazor, Philadelphia City Paper, "Acts of Will"
SECOND: Stacy Schultz, Sauce Magazine, "A Second Shot"
THIRD: Katharine Shilcutt, Houston Press, "Chef Endures Cancer, Loss of Sense and Taste"


Best Non-newspaper Food Feature


FIRST: Todd Kliman, Washingtonian, "Everywhere at Once"
SECOND: Nadia Arumugam, The Atlantic, "Expired"
THIRD: Chad Robertson, Food Arts, "A Baker in the Rye"


Best Restaurant Criticism
(tie for third)


FIRSTS: Laura Reiley, Tampa Bay Times
SECOND: Tejal Rao, The Village Voice
THIRD: Bobby Ampezzan, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
THIRD: Ian Froeb, RiverfrontTimes


Best Food Visual
(tie for second)


FIRST: James Nielsen, The Houston Chronicle, "The Great State of Barbecue"
SECOND: Joaquin Herrera, The San Antonio Express-News, "S.A. Food Savvy?"
SECOND: Richard Stokes, Reno Magazine, "Savor Summer"
THIRD: Francisco Kjolseth, Salt Lake Tribune, "Winged Salute to July 4"


Best Food Essay


FIRST: Marge Perry, Newsday, "Cupcakes That Say Love"
SECOND: Darra Goldstein, The Wall Street Journal, "A Bribe-Worthy Chicken Dish"
THIRD: Todd Kliman, Washingtonian, "Champagne and Sippy Cups"


Best Writing on Beer, Wine and/or Spirits


FIRST: Wendy Goldman Rohm, Playboy, "The Talented Mr. K"
SECOND: Jason Wilson,, "When Wine Talk Gets Weird"
THIRD: Jon Bonne, San Francisco Chronicle, "Restoring a Napa Legend"


Best Story on Food Policy or Food Issues


FIRST: Andy Mannix and Mike Mullen, City Pages, "Milk Money"
SECOND: Hanna Raskin, Seattle Weekly, "Peaches and Dreams"
THIRD: Carolyn Jung, Food Arts, "Foie and Its Discontents"


Best Food Column


FIRST: Kellie Hynes, Sauce Magazine
SECOND: Martha J. Miller, EthnoTraveler Magazine
THIRD: Hanna Raskin and Dan Person, Seattle Weekly


Best Food Blog, Multiple Writers


FIRST: The Salt, NPR
SECOND: Inside Scoop, San Francisco Chronicle
THIRD: Phoenix New Times


Best Food Multimedia Presentation


FIRST: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Gretchen McKay and Steve Mellon
SECOND: Feast magazine, Hannah Radcliff
THIRD: Indy Week, D.L. Anderson and Victoria Bouloubasis


Best Student Writing on Food


FIRST: Shelby Vittek, Drexel University writing for, "My Endangered Dinner"
SECOND: Shelby Vittek, Drexel University writing for, "Old Nordic"
THIRD: Stephanie Parker, University of Montana writing for The Kaimin, "Investing in a Little Produce"


For more information about AFJ's awards program, see

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