Meet the 2015 Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award Journalism NomineesMaggie Borden and Alyssa Haak
April 16, 2015
When Craig Claiborne became the food editor at the New York Times, the food world was small and food writing essentially limited to home economics columns. Claiborne’s efforts combined food writing, journalism, and criticism to elevate the entire genre. Despite the industry’s rapid expansion in the ensuing half century, the nominees for the Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award have left their mark through their thoughtfully considered takes on their local restaurant scenes.
Karen Brooks, the current food critic for Portland Monthly, has covered the city’s food scene for three decades, tackling trends and tastes as the community of Portland has evolved. [Image above]
The Philadelphia Inquirer
If Craig LaBan’s estimations are correct, he’s eaten 8,000 restaurant meals since joining the Philadelphia Inquirer in 1998. His statistically experienced palate and wry wit inform his reviews of Philadelphia’s eclectic dining scene.
Ryan Sutton came to Eater in 2014 as part of the site's inaugural team of restaurant critics, and hit the ground running, applying his data-heavy perspective to both the new and the storied restaurants of New York.
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