Based on a job listing we just received, it appears as though author and Saveur co-founder Colman Andrews has been tapped to head former Forbes.com CEO Jim Spanfeller's upcoming food website. Back in August, Spanfeller described his vision of his website as satisfying "a very apparent gap in the ever-expanding food media segment."
The choice of Colman Andrews, who just a month ago squashed rumors that he would be editor of a relaunched Gourmet magazine, is very impressive.
Brief bio: Andrews was co-founder and executive editor/editor-in-chief of Saveur until he became the restaurant critic for Gourmet in 2006. He's written a number of books, including the upcoming biography of El Bulli chef Ferran Adrià. During his time at Saveur he won five James Beard Awards, and earlier this year won another Beard Award for Cookbook of the Year for The Country Cooking of Ireland. So, a quality hire!
Perhaps Spanfeller's website won't be an endless series of top-ten/slideshow/listicles made famous during his tenure at Forbes.com. Under the editorial leadership of Andrews, maybe the yet-unnamed website is going to shoot for the high-end and teach the food magazines a thing or two about the web. But if Andrews is going to be tasked with fulfilling Spanfeller's goals of basically covering everything, he's going to have his work cut out for him.
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