And the winners are …


The Association of Food Journalists is pleased to share the results of its 2016 Awards Competition. The winners were announced during the awards party on Sept. 21 at the Sheraton Seattle during the group’s annual conference. We thank everyone who entered, all of our judges and our contest chairwoman, Nancy Stohs.

Here are the first-, second- and third-place winners, with links to their work:

Best Newspaper Food Coverage, below 200,000 circulation

1. San Antonio Express-News, Julie Cohen, food and drink editor
2. The Kansas City Star, Jill Wendholt Silva, food editor and restaurant critic
3. The News & Observer, Andrea Weigl, food editor

Best Newspaper Food Coverage, above 200,000 circulation

1. The Washington Post, Joe Yonan, food and dining editor
2. San Francisco Chronicle, Paolo Lucchesi, food editor
3. The Boston Globe, Devra First, food editor

Best Newspaper Food Feature, below 100,000 circulation

1. Edmund Tijerina, San Antonio Express-News, “Barbacoa’s tender tradition”
2. Hanna Raskin, The Post and Courier, “Jewish cooks break from tradition by using Lowcountry fish in holiday gefilte dish”
3. Alice Levitt, Seven Days, “Sorry, Charlie: The life, death and afterlife of a Vermont steer”

Best Newspaper Food Feature, 100,000 to 200,000 circulation

1. Debbie Moose, The News & Observer, “When George Yamazawa listened to his heart, joy followed”
2. Cindy Hoedel, The Kansas City Star, “Fried chicken and fun: How one KC family is reclaiming Sunday dinner”
3. Kathleen Purvis, The Charlotte Observer, “For the love of caramel cake”

Best Newspaper Food Feature, above 200,000 circulation

1. Mark Vamos, The Dallas Morning News, “Straight to the sizzle”
2. Laura Reiley, Tampa Bay Times, “Chef takes on rare challenge to bring back national spotlight”
3. Steve Hoffman, Minneapolis Star Tribune, “In celebration of French cooking”

Best Newspaper Special Food Project

1. The Associated Press, “Seafood from slaves,” Robin McDowell, Margie Mason, Martha Mendoza and Esther Htusan
2. The Washington Post, “America’s best food cities,” Tom Sietsema
3. The Kansas City Star, “Smoke signals,” Jill Wendholt Silva, with Tammy Ljungblad, Cindy Hoedel, Mary Pepitone, Barbara Hill-Meyer, Paula Southerland, Kathy Lu and Monty Davis

Best Non-Newspaper Food Feature

1. Gwen Ashley Walters, Phoenix Magazine, “Saintly stockers”
2. Simona Carini, Remedy Quarterly, “Fresh dry beans: an edible oxymoron” (no link yet)
w. (Tie) Tienlon Ho, Lucky Peach, “Winter Worm, summer grass” (no link yet) and
Dorothea Hunter Sönne, Gulfshore Life, “Eat, drink and be knighted”

Best Food Column

1. Richard Marini, San Antonio Express-News — column one, column two, column three.
2. Dorie Greenspan, The Washington Post — column one, column two, column three
3. Tom Philpott, Mother Jones — column one, column two, column three

Best Restaurant Criticism

1. Hanna Raskin, The Post and Courier — review one, review two, review three
2. Devra First, The Boston Globe — review one, review two, review three
3. (Tie) Leslie Brenner, The Dallas Morning News — review one, review two, review three
and Rick Nelson, Minneapolis Star Tribune — specific reviews to come.
Best Food Essay

1. Dianne Jacob, Lucky Peach, “The meaning of mangoes”
2. Victoria Pesce Elliott, Miami Herald, “Remembering my mom’s meatballs”
3. Jim Webster, The Washington Post, “My late grandma left a mark with her dinner rolls. Why can’t I?”

Best Story on Food Policy or Food Issues

1. Patricia Callahan, Chicago Tribune, “Pesticide’s risks tossed aside”
2. Paul Greenberg, California Sunday with the Food and Environment Reporting Network, “The Fisherman’s Dilemma”
3. Erin Quinn, with Chris Young, Phillip Allen, Eleanor Bell and Jared Bennett, Center for Public Integrity, “Why the FDA doesn’t really know what’s in your food”

Best Food Business Story

1. Hanna Raskin, The Post and Courier, “Too many cooks in Charleston’s kitchen? Surging culinary scene stirs debate about a bubble that could burst”
2. Ted Genoways, New Republic, “Fear in a handful of dust”
3. Maura Judkis, The Washington Post, “Why some restaurants are doing away with tipping”

Best Food/Travel Story

1. Naomi Tomky, Serious Eats, “A day in the life of a Singapore hawker”
2. Kathleen Purvis, The Charlotte Observer, “My kitchen in France”
3. Kathleen M. Mangan, AAA World, “Virginia is for oysters”

Best Writing on Beer, Wine or Spirits

1. Ted Genoways, Mother Jones with the Food and Environment Reporting Network, “Heart of agave”
2. Jason Horn, Playboy, “(Almost) Everything you need to know about amaro”
3. Craig LaBan, The Philadelphia Inquirer, “Sipping an 87-year-old Spanish red — from a discount liquor store”

Best Food Multimedia Presentation

1. Feet in 2 Worlds, “La comida de los cocineros,” Victoria Bouloubasis and Andrea Patiño Contreras
2. The Dallas Morning News (in partnership with Al Dia Dallas), “Flavors of Mexico,” Leslie Brenner, with Wynne Davis, Jorge Chavez and Juan Jaramillo
3. The Washington Post, “Holiday cookie generator,” Alex Baldinger and Kennedy Elliott

Best Writing on Food — Student Division

1. Bo McMillan, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill writing for CNBC, “Craft beers get heavy … on the alcohol”
2. Kelly Archer, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill writing for Southern Neighbor Magazine, “The Rise of Durham’s culinary kingdom”
3. Shelby Vittek, Rutgers University writing for The Record, “Exhibit tells the story of New Jersey diners”