The Washington Post Food team was honored with five awards from the Association of Food Journalists, including the top prize for newspaper food coverage for publications with a circulation above 125,000, given to editors Joe Yonan, Bonnie Benwick and Matt Brooks. It is the third year in a row that The Post has won the category.
Other Post staffers also won top awards. Tom Sietsema earned first place for restaurant criticism. Staff writers Maura Judkis and Emily Heil won first place in the special projects category for their November 2017 investigation of sexual assault in the restaurant industry, “Rape in the storage room. Groping at the bar. Why is the restaurant industry so terrible for women?” Maura also won second place in the food feature category for her article about internet-connected kitchen appliances, “Can smart kitchen devices actually make you a better cook? Freelance columnist Tamar Haspel earned second place for best food column.
The honors were announced at the Association’s annual awards ceremony on September 27, 2018. See the full list of finalists here.