The Kansas City Star received four national writing and editing awards at the 2014 Association of Food Journalists Conference in Memphis.
The Star’s food section won third for Best Newspaper Food Coverage (circulation 120,000-200,000); food editor Jill Wendholt Silva won third for Best Restaurant criticism (here’s her recent review of Cocobolos by Michael Smith); last year’s special Thanksgiving issue won third for Best Project; and Cindy Hoedel (who writes for Star Magazine) won second for Best Feature (circulation below 200,000).
The judges’ comments on the best food coverage award: “The pages burst with personality, with gorgeous photo illustrations (and food styling), engaging headlines and lively writing. The topics covered show that food isn’t as simple as it once appeared: Gluten-free cooking? Check. Low-fat options? Check. Food allergies. Check.”
The Star has received 23 awards from AFJ over a dozen years. The competition was established in 1986 and past winners have also included Ruth Reichl, formerly of Gourmet, TV personality Anthony Bourdain and Pulitzer-prize winner Jonathan Gold.
This year’s AFJ conference was held Sept. 9-12.