The Big Winners At The Food Media Awards Are…


April 29, 2017 | BY AFP/RelaxNews

The best in food writing, journalism and food TV was honoured at the James Beard Foundation Awards this week, with some of the big wins going to the wildly popular Netflix series "Chef's Table," Anthony Bourdain's Roads and Kingdoms, and a cookbook about the food culture of Appalachia.

If you're as voracious a consumer of compelling food writing as you are a good meal, you'll want to check out the winners of the James Beard Media Awards. 

The second part of the awards, which names the best chefs and restaurants, will be held May 1. 

Some of the big media winners, meanwhile, include the Netflix series "Chef's Table," which has attracted a loyal following on the streaming service for profiling some of the most innovative, envelope-pushing chefs around the world.

"Chef's Table" won the award for best television program on location.

Ronni Lundy's "Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes," was a double winner this year taking awards for best example of American Cooking, and the coveted title of "Book of the Year."

Stories explore the people, traditions and foods unique to the Mountain South and feature 80 recipes from the region.

The Travel Channel's Andrew Zimmern took the title of outstanding personality and host for his shows "Andrew Zimmern's Bucket List," "Andrew Zimmern's Driven by Food," and "Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern."

This year, prolific food writer Francis Lam also won big, taking home two awards for his body of work published in The New York Times Magazine, and Cooking Light.

Anthony Bourdain's travel e-zine Roads and Kingdoms was also named Publication of the Year.

Here are a few of the standout winners of this year's James Beard Media Awards:

American Cooking
Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes by Ronni Lundy

Baking and Dessert
Dorie's Cookies, by Dorie Greenspan

General Cooking
Eat in My Kitchen: To Cook, to Bake, to Eat, and to Treat by Meike Peters

Taste of Persia: A Cook's Travels Through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, and Kurdistan by Naomi Duguid

Book of the Year
Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes by Ronni Lundy

Cookbook Hall of Fame
Judith Jones

Special (on TV or Web)
Lidia Celebrates America: Holiday for Heroes
Host: Lidia Bastianich

Television Program, in Studio or Fixed Location
Fish the Dish
Host: Spencer Watts

Television Program, on Location
Chef's Table

"Eat": "A Haitian Grandmother's Home-Cooked Porridge"; "Kimchi Fried Rice, Korean Comfort Food"; and "Casa Calamari"
Francis Lam
The New York Times Magazine

Dining and Travel
"I Want Crab. Pure Maryland Crab."
Bill Addison

Food Coverage in a General-Interest Publication
The New Yorker Food Issue 
David Remnick, Lauren Collins, Dana Goodyear, and Carolyn Kormann

Food Reporting
"Exploited in Paradise" series
Martha Mendoza and Margie Mason
Associated Press 

"Finding Pete Wells: A Search for America's Most Dangerous Restaurant Critic" by Kevin Alexander in Thrillist

Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award
"High Chairs and Hard Core"; "The X-Files"; "Beyond Biscuits and Gravy" by Karen Brooks in Portland Monthly

MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award
"The Dog Thief Killings" by Calvin Godfrey in Roads & Kingdoms

Publication of the Year
Roads & Kingdoms

Photos: Netflix