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Meet the 2015 Food and Culture Journalism Nominees

Maggie Borden and Alyssa Haak

April 06, 2015

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As the dialogue around food expands beyond just what’s on our plates, we’re increasingly forced to examine the choices we make about dining and cooking, and what they mean for our culture at large. This year's nominees in Food and Culture offering revealing looks at some of the pivotal decisions that influence our food before we ever crack open a menu.

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Rebecca Flint Marx
San Francisco Magazine
“The Toxic, Abusive, Addictive, Supportive, Codependent Relationship Between Chefs and Yelpers”

Yelp may be the ubiquitous tool for discovering new restaurants, but after ten years it still hasn’t found solid footing with chefs. Rebecca Flint Marx examines the fluid relationship between chef and app for San Francisco Magazine. [Image shown above]

Rowan Jacobsen and the Southern Living Test Kitchen
Southern Living
“The Lost Apples of the South”

The reign of Red Delicious is nearing its close, as heirloom apple varieties proliferate throughout farmers’ markets. Rowan Jacobsen heads to Virginia to explore the Southern revival of your doctor’s favorite food.

Mike Sula
Chicago Reader
“What Happens When All-Star Chefs Get in Bed with Big Food?”

Like haute couture trends trickling down to mass-market attire, high-end chefs are increasingly collaborating with Big Food companies. Mike Sula looks at the unexpected consequences, both negative and positive, of this oft-uneasy relationship.

Read all 2015 Awards coverage here.