Fellow food lovers: Your taste has been heard. Congratulations to our 20 People's Choice Food Award winners, this year's culinary best of the best. A big shout-out to The Munchies expert panel and to everyone who voted!
The Munchies nominees were chosen by a panel of culinary celebs including stars of blogs, podcasts, books, restaurants and even TV. Get to know the faces behind the food.
Regarded as one of the most versatile and knowledgeable personalities in the food world, Andrew Zimmern is a TV host, chef, food writer, and teacher. As the creator, host and co-producer of the hit series Bizarre Foods, he travels the globe in search of the world’s most unique tastes. In 2010, Zimmern won the James Beard Award for Outstanding Television Food Personality.
Angie Dudley is the creator of Bakerella.com, a blog chronicling her adventures making fun and unique sweets. Dudley has appeared on the Martha Stewart Show and her creations have been recognized in publications and websites like Betty Crocker, People, O, Entertainment Weekly, Woman’s Day and many more. In 2010, her book “Cake Pops” landed on the New York Times Best Sellers list.
B. Smith is a pioneer in the cooking and lifestyle category whose talents and expertise span a wide range of specialties. She is the founder and Chief Creative Officer of B. Smith Enterprises, and owns three B. Smith restaurants in New York City, Washington D.C., and Sag Harbor, New York. The New York Daily News called her “one of the most important African-American style mavens of all time."
When not modeling, Chrissy Teigen is a devoted cook who shares her love of fine food on her blog, So Delushious! Though she originally planned to be a chef, Chrissy discovered her passion for modeling at a young age, leading to a successful career as a model for Sports Illustrated, Vogue, Glamour and Cosmopolitan. She also designs a swimwear line called Chrissy Teigen for DiNeila Brazil.
Writer and connoisseur Colman Andrews is a co-founder of Saveur, hailed as "the ultimate food magazine,” where he was editor-in-chief from 2002 to 2006. He is currently the Editorial Director of TheDailyMeal.com. Andrews is co-author and co-editor of three Saveur cookbooks and has written six books of his own, most recently "The Country Cooking of Italy.” He’s won eight James Beard awards.
Once called the creative lovechild of M.F.K. Fisher and David Sedaris, Elissa Altman writes the James Beard Award-nominated blog, PoorMansFeast.com. A longtime food columnist for The Huffington Post, her critically acclaimed work has appeared everywhere from Saveur to the Los Angeles Times. Her second book, Poor Man’s Feast: A Love Story, will be published by Chronicle Books later this year.
Frank DeCaro’s The Dead Celebrity Cookbook is an ode to vintage cookery that resurrects recipes from 145 stars of stage and screen. DeCaro has written for publications including The New York Times Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, Newsweek, Vogue and TV Guide. He can be heard each weekday on "The Frank DeCaro Show," his live national call-in program on Sirius XM Satellite Radio.
Kristen Olson is a hobby beekeeper, vegetable gardener and kitchen do-it-yourself-er. As a Food Editor for Betty Crocker, she creates delicious recipes and food ideas in the Betty Crocker Kitchens each day. You can find her providing food expertise for Betty Crocker's fans, including the 1.6 million member Facebook community. She also hosts Kitchen Counter Intelligence, a how-to cooking series on BettyCrocker.com.
Mark Kurlansky is the recipient of numerous food writing awards including The James Beard, The Glenfiddickh, and Bon Appétit, as well as the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, several awards for children's books, and several science-writing awards. His twenty-fourth book, Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man, is a biography of the inventor of industrial frozen food.
Comedian and actor Michael Ian Black is co-host of the popular podcast "Mike and Tom Eat Snacks,” where questionable snack foods become a platform for amusing rants. Black regularly tours the country performing stand-up. His latest Comedy Central special and CD, “Very Famous,” was released in 2011 and was followed by the nationwide “Black is White” tour.
Texas Monthly’s regular restaurant columnist and a staff writer there for decades, Patricia Sharpe wrote a memoir of her thirty years as a restaurant critic entitled “Confessions of a Skinny Bitch,” in March 2005. It won a James Beard Foundation award for magazine food writing. Her delicious articles have also appeared in Gourmet, Bon Appétit, and Saveur.
Ruth Bourdain—epicurean, tangerine zest addict, and the Winner of the 2011 James Beard Foundation Award for Humor—is a parody mashup of food world luminaries Ruth Reichl and Anthony Bourdain. Who is the mind behind this satirical personality? It remains one of the food world's biggest mysteries.
Tom Cavanagh is half of the snack-loving duo behind “Mike and Tom Eat Snacks,” a weekly podcast on Nerdist.com. Tom is perhaps best known for his acting work, including his starring role on the comedy series “Ed,” for which he won the 2001 TV Guide Award for Actor of the Year. Among numerous TV and movie roles, he’s been a recurring character on the acclaimed sitcom “Scrubs.”