This is a grainy shot of my face on a big screen in a huge ballroom.

The words I keep saying to describe the moment I accepted the James Beard Award for column writing are “wild” and “incredible” and a sound that can only be written as “eeeeeeee!” It’s a great honor to be recognized by my writing heroes and peers among such bright minds and groundbreaking work.

To learn more about the JBF Awards and its journalism, book, broadcast, restaurant, and chef winners and nominees, see this JBF update.

Updated May 2018.