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Meet the 2015 Profile Journalism Award Nominees

Maggie Borden and Alyssa Haak

Maggie Borden and Alyssa Haak

April 14, 2015



In the age of the celebrity chef, it seems more important than ever before to discover the person behind the branded set of cookware. The nominees for the James Beard Journalism Award for profile offer insights into some of our largest marquee names, digging beneath the glitz and glamor to humanize these titans of industry.


John Birdsall
Jeremiah Tower's Invincible Armor of Pleasure

John Birdsall chronicles the rise and fall of California-cuisine legend Jeremiah Tower on the eve of his return to the restaurant scene. [Image shown above]


Taffy Brodesser-Akner
The Leftovers: Paula Deen and the Martyrdom Industrial Complex

Taffy Brodesser-Akner cruises with Paula Deen, where she discovers the undeniable charm of the Southern cooking icon, and enduring power of her brand in the wake of scandal.

New Yorker

Dana Goodyear
The New Yorker
Élite Meat

Dana Goodyear chews the fat with Anya Fernald, founder and C.E.O. of Belcampo, a company hoping to change our carnivorous consumption by producing meat that is as humane and as delicious as possible, no matter what the cost.

Read all 2015 Awards coverage here.