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Winners Announced For The 2009 James Beard Foundation Media Awards


The big festivities and awards will be held tonight in New York City, but the 19 media categories of the 2009 James Beard Foundation Awards were announced today. Regrets to Pat Sharpe of Texas Monthly who was edged out by Alan “I Really Don’t Need Another One” Richman of GQ. Dallas’ Sharon Hage, of York Street, is up for Best Chef in the Southwest. Sharon is not in New York for the gala. If you want to “watch” the awards as they are announced, the JBF hosts a live blog. Let’s hope they’ve worked out a few of the kinks from last year’s blog. Full list of media winners below.


2009 James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards

For articles published in 2008

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



For television, webcast, and radio programs aired in 2008

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