Another year has passed and for the 27th year the Association of Food Journalists (AFJ) has announced the winners of its 2013 Food Journalism Competition. It’s no happy accident that I am in awe of the winners of this years’ competition (and those in years past). I too love to write about food (and, coincidentally, I also happen to have a fondness for eating it as well).
This year, there were 53 winners announced from a total of 16 categories. Exciting new categories were added for this year’s competition that reflect the changing landscape of food writing in general. One such category is for best writing on beer, wine and/or spirits. News outlets such as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Boston Globe and The Washington Post were among the 290 worldwide entrants who dazzled the judges and, in the end, the cream of the crop rose to the top.
A handful of this years’ winners include Andrea Adleman (1st place for Best Newspaper Food Feature “The Psychology of Cupcakes,” The Washington Post/above 220,000 circulation), Kellie Hynes (1st place for Best Food Column, Sauce Magazine), Wendy Goldman Rohm (1st place for Best Writing on Beer, Wine and/or Spirits, “The Talented Mr. K,” Playboy), Nadia Arumugam (2nd place for Best Non-newspaper Food Feature, “Expired,” The Atlantic), Bobby Ampezzan and Ian Froeb (tied for 3rd place for Best Restaurant Criticism, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Riverfront Times, respectively), and Shelby Vittek (1st and 2nd place for Best Student Writing on Food, “My Endangered Dinner,” and “Old Nordic,” Drexler University writing for TableMatters.com).
Congratulations to all of the deserving winners in the 2013 Food Journalism Competition, as well as to those 290 entrants worldwide. Check out the AFJ press release for a complete listing of all winners.
Were any of your favorite food writers on the list this year? If not, who do you think was missing?