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2014 Association of Food Journalists Awards, Meet The Nominees

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2014 Association of Food Journalists Awards, Meet The Nominees
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The Association of Food Journalists has announced a list of the nominees for its annual awards, which will take place on on September 11th in Memphis, Tennessee. The awards are divided in 13 categories that honor the fine work of food journalists across the United States.

All eyes will be on the Washington Post, which is up for a total of five awards including two in the category for Best Newspaper Food Feature, above 350,000 circulation. Another leading contender is the Kansas City Star, which has been nominated in four categories including Best Restaurant Criticism.

The Houston Chronicle's Alison Cook received two nominations, one in the category of Best Restaurant Criticism and the other for Best Newspaper Food Feature, above 350,000 circulation.

It's interesting to note all nominees in the category for Best Restaurant Criticism are female. Aside from Cook, they include Jill Silva from The Kansas City Star and Vanessa Wolf from Maui Now.

Here's the full list of nominees for the 2014 Association of Food Journalists Awards Competition:

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, Food Editor
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 perfect loaves”
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,, “Step right up! Circus food is no sideshow stunt!”
Maryn McKenna,, “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,, “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: Permaculture”
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,
Raskin Around, 

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, with Love”
Shelby Vittek, Drexel University writing for, “Here Comes the Sunchoke”
Shelby Vittek, Drexel University writing for, “In a Pinch”

Via Eater

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