The Association of Food Journalists has posted the list of nominees (pdf) for its annual awards. The winners will be announced in September at the AFJ conference in Memphis, Tennessee. The awards are meant to honor "excellence in all aspects of food journalism." This year the Washington Post is up for multiple awards and has been nominated twice in the "Best Newspaper Food Feature, above 350,000 circulation" category. Alison Cook of the Houston Chronicle is also up for two awards this year including "Best Restaurant Criticism" and for "Best Newspaper Food Feature, above 350,000 circulation" for her piece on kolaches. Here are all the finalist:
2014 AFJ AWARDS COMPETITION LIST OF FINALISTS
First‐, second‐ and third‐place awards will be announced at the awards banquet Sept. 11 at AFJ's annual
conference in Memphis, Tenn. Finalists below are listed in alphabetical order.
More than three finalists in any category indicate one or more ties.
Best Newspaper Food Coverage, above 200,000 circulation:
The Boston Globe, Sheryl Julian, Food Editor
The San Francisco Chronicle, Food and Wine Staff
Tampa Bay Times, Staff
Best Newspaper Food Coverage, 120,000 - 200,000 circulation:
The Charlotte Observer, Kathleen Purvis, Food Editor
The Kansas City Star, Jill Silva, Food Editor
San Antonio Express‐News, Karen Haram, Food/Taste Editor
Best Newspaper Food Coverage, below 120,000 circulation:
The Advocate, Baton Rouge, La., Cheramie Sonnier, Food Editor
Akron Beacon Journal, Lisa Abraham, Food Writer
The News & Observer, Andrea Weigl, Food Writer
Best Newspaper Special Food Project:
The Kansas City Star, "Feast du Jour: Chef‐inspired dishes for your Thanksgiving meal," Jill Silva,
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Savoring the Great River Road," Anne Schamberg, Wine Writer,
and Nancy Stohs, Food Editor
Tampa Bay Times, "Down On the Farm," Janet K. Keeler, Lifestyles Editor
Best Newspaper Food Feature, above 350,000 circulation:
Bonnie Benwick, The Washington Post, "Gnocchi: The secrets to making it, from the pros"
Alison Cook, The Houston Chronicle, "Meet the 21st Century Kolache"
Emily Kaiser Thelin, The Washington Post, "Paula Wolfert, Coping by Cooking"
Best Newspaper Food Feature, 200,000 - 350,000 circulation:
Lynne Char Bennett, The San Francisco Chronicle, "Licorice liftoff: From anise to tarragon,
its aromas and flavors infuse food and cocktails the world over"
Michele Henry, Toronto Star, "Eating seal: It's like beef, with a side of controversy"
Nancy Leson, The Seattle Times, "Seattle's bread bakers blend science and art for those
Paolo Lucchesi, The San Francisco Chronicle, "California Finnish: Scandinavian traditions of
warmth and light resonate with a Bay Area family"
Best Newspaper Food Feature, below 200,000 circulation:
Bob Batz, Pittsburgh Post‐Gazette, "Trees To Table"
Cindy Hoedel, The Kansas City Star, "Sowing the Seeds of Self‐Reliance"
Kathleen Purvis, The Charlotte Observer, "Riding With Rock"
Best Non‐Newspaper Food Feature:
Sydney Brownstone and Jacques Hebert, Mother Jones, "The Incredible Hypothetical Egg"
Matt Goulding, Roads and Kingdoms, "Daibo Dreamed of Coffee"
Carol Guensburg, AmericanFoodRoots.com, "Step right up! Circus food is no sideshow stunt!"
Maryn McKenna, ModernFarmer.com, "From Factory Farm to Organic Icon: Inside White Oak Pastures"
Best Restaurant Criticism:
Alison Cook, The Houston Chronicle
Jill Silva, The Kansas City Star
Vanessa Wolf, Maui Now
Best Food Visual:
Catherine Downes, Dallas Observer, "From Their Farms to Your Table"
Richard Stokes, Reno Gazette-Journal, "Taste of Reno: A Gourmet Guide"
Patty Yablonski, Tampa Bay Times, "All Hail Kale"
Best Food Essay:
Steve Hoffman, Minneapolis Star Tribune, "From the wild: A hunter offers his thoughts
on the best meals from the outdoors"
Valerie Phillips, Standard‐Examiner, "Good food provides way more than sustenance"
Tom Sietsema, The Washington Post, "The food critic is home for dinner"
Best Writing on Beer, Wine and/or Spirits:
M. Carrie Allan, The Washington Post, "Pimping Dad's gin and tonic"
Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "She's getting crafty"
Jason Wilson, TableMatters.com, "Old Europe on the Cheap"
Best Story on Food Policy or Food Issues:
Ted Genoways and Jacques Hebert, Mother Jones, "Gagged by Big Ag"
Hal Klein, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Pittsburgh is at the forefront of an unruly food movement:
Lisa Sorg, INDY Week, "The Heat is On"
Best Food Column:
Nancy Leson, The Seattle Times
Kathleen Purvis, The Charlotte Observer
Joe Yonan, The Washington Post
Best Food Blog:
Food for Thought, MotherJones.com
Raskin Around, Raskin.PostandCourier.com
Best Food Multimedia Presentation:
Creative Loafing, "100 Dishes to Eat in Atlanta," Stephanie Dazey with Edward Adams,
Max Blau, Rodney Carmichael, Clay Duda, Brad Kaplan, Debbie Michaud,
Thomas Wheatley, Wyatt Williams, Jennifer Zyman
Plate, "Project: Blackbird," Chandra Ram
Tampa Bay Times, "Join Our #CookClub," Janet K. Keeler
Best Student Writing on Food:
Sarah Bracy Penn, Deeper South Magazine and The Greenwood Commonwealth, "From Italy,
Shelby Vittek, Drexel University writing for TableMatters.com, "Here Comes the Sunchoke"
Shelby Vittek, Drexel University writing for TableMatters.com, "In a Pinch"
· 2013 AFJ Awards Competition List of Finalists (pdf) [Official Release]
· All Association of Food Journalists Coverage on Eater [-E-]