2009 James Beard Foundation Journalism and Media Award Winners

Last night, at a ceremony at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City, the James Beard Foundation presented its 2009 awards for journalism and media.

James_beard Among the more notable winners: The Washington Post won for best newspaper food section; New York magazine's Adam Platt took the prize for restaurant criticism; Epicurious.com won for best food website; the MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award went to Aleksandra Crapanzano for her article "Benedictions" in Gourmet;and Lidia Bastianich's "Lidia’s Italy: Sweet Napoli" won for best television food show.

The first-ever award for best food blog went to Sunset magazine's One-Block Diet.

2009 James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards

MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award
Aleksandra Crapanzano

Multimedia Writing on Food
Ruth Reichl
“The Test Kitchen”

Website Focusing on Food, Beverage, Restaurant, or Nutrition
Tanya Steel

Food Related Columns
Corby Kummer
The Atlantic
"A Papaya Grows in Holyoke"; "Beyond the McIntosh"; "Half a Loaf”
04/08, 05/08, 10/08

Reporting on Nutrition or Consumer Issues
Rachael Moeller Gorman
“How to Feed Your Mind”

Restaurant Reviews
Adam Platt
New York Magazine
“Faux French”; “The Mario of Midtown”; “Corton on Hudson”
07/14/08, 09/15/08, 11/24/08

Newspaper Feature Writing With Recipes
Rebekah Denn
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“High on the Hairy Hogs: Super-Succulent Imports are Everything U.S. Pork Isn’t”

Newspaper Feature Writing Without Recipes
Kristen Hinman
Riverfront Times
“The Pope of Pork”

Writing on Spirits, Wine, or Beer
Alan Richman
“Viva La Revolucion!”

Magazine Feature Writing About Restaurants and/or Chefs
Ruth Reichl
“The Last Time I Saw Paris…”

Magazine Feature Writing With Recipes
Edna Lewis
“What is Southern?” *
*Published Posthumously

Magazine Feature Writing Without Recipes
Alan Richman
“Made (Better) in Japan”

Newspaper Feature Writing About Restaurants and/or Chefs
Katy McLaughlin
The Wall Street Journal
“Sushi Bullies”

Newspaper Food Section
The Washington Post
Joe Yonan

Blog Focusing on Food, Beverage, Restaurant, or Nutrition
Erika Ehmsen, Elizabeth Jardina, Rick LaFrentz, Amy Machnak, Johanna Silver, Margaret Sloan,
Margo True
Our One-Block Diet

2009 James Beard Foundation Broadcast Media Awards

Audio Webcast or Radio Show
WNYC, The Leonard Lopate Show:
3-Ingredient Challenge
Hosts: Leonard Lopate, Rozanne Gold
Area: New York City Metro, Online
Producer: Sarah English

Video Webcast
Savoring the Best of World Flavors, Volume III: Vietnam and the Island
of Sicily
Host: Jonathan Coleman
Website: Ciaprochef.com/WCA3/
Producers: John Barkley, Kenneth Wilmoth, Greg Drescher, Steve Jilleba, Janet Fletcher

Television Food Show, National or Local
Lidia’s Italy: Sweet Napoli
Host: Lidia Matticchio Bastianich
Network: PBS
Air Date: 04/08/08
Producers: Lidia Matticchio Bastianich,
Julia Harrison, Shelly Burgess Nicotra

Television Food Segment, National or Local
CBS News Sunday Morning: In a Pinch
Host: Martha Teichner
Network: CBS
Air Date: 10/26/08
Producers: Jon Carras, David Small



Very proud of my client Sunset's win. You should come see the One-Block in question next time you're in town. Just read your bio and saw you grew up in the Gourmet Ghetto. I call those mean streets my home as well. Actually, I'm in the "upper gourmet ghetto" e.g., hills above Chez Panisse. See you 'round town.


I haven't been up to much lately. So it goes. What can I say? I've just been letting everything wash over me recently, not that it matters. I just don't have much to say these days.


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