The Washington Post Food section, edited by Joe Yonan, took top honors for Best Newspaper Food Coverage (above 200,000 circulation) at the Association of Food Journalists’ awards ceremony Wednesday night in Seattle.

In their comments, judges said, “These sections have it all — good design, clear writing, strong reporting, well-done photos, excellent story mix. . . . In general, recipes appeal across the board, whether you are a novice or experienced cook, or whether cooking for a date or family.”

They singled out for praise food critic Tom Sietsema’s America’s Best Food Cities series, which also won second place in the special project category (and earlier this year won a James Beard Award). Dorie Greenspan earned a second in the Best Food Column category for her biweekly Everyday Dorie. Third-place wins: Maura Judkis, for Best Food Business Story (“Why some restaurants are doing away with tipping”); Jim Webster, for Best Personal Essay (“My late grandma left a mark with her dinner rolls. Why can’t I?”); and Alex Baldinger and Kennedy Elliott for Best Food Multimedia Presentation (2015 Holiday Cookie Generator).

AFJ, which was founded in 1974, is dedicated to preserving and perpetuating food journalism across all media platforms. For a complete list of 2016 award winners, go to