2019 Judges




Alison Arnett is a freelance food and agriculture writer. She also co-teaches a food writing class for Harvard Extension. A lifelong journalist, she was the Boston Globe food writer and restaurant critic for 15 years, and previously was assistant managing editor of the Sunday Globe. A native of a Southwest Kansas farming community, she is an avid home cook, gardener and knitter



Amy Traverso is the senior food editor for Yankee magazine and co-host of its new travel and lifestyle series, Weekends With Yankee, produced in partnership with WGBH. Previously, she served as food editor at Boston magazine and an associate food editor at Sunset magazine. She is the author of The Apple Lover's Cookbook, which was a finalist for the Julia Child Award for best first-time author and won an IACP Cookbook Award in the "American" category.



Andrea Pyenson, who grew up in the Boston suburbs, has been writing about food for nearly 20 years and enjoying it for a lot longer than that. Her articles have appeared in The Boston Globe, Edible Boston and Edible Cape Cod, among other publications and various websites. She was the editor of To Market magazine for the publication's launch. She co-authored "Wicked Good Barbecue," "Wicked Good Burgers" and "Grill to Perfection" with Andy Husbands and Chris Hart and has edited cookbooks and travel guides.



Barbara Haber is the former curator of books at the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard,where she developed a large collection of cookbooks and books on the history of food. She writes on the history of food and is a public speaker on the subject.

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Catherine Walthers is a food + cocktail writer and author of four cookbooks, including Greens, Glorious Greens; Raising the Salad Bar; Soups + Sides; and her latest; Kale, Glorious Kale: 100 Recipes for Nature’s Healthiest Green. She co-founded two organizations promoting local food and has organized dozens of food events from the Heavy Nettles and Kale Fests to oyster and honey tastings. A former journalist, Catherine received her chef’s degree from the National Institute for Food and Health in New York City and works as a private chef in Boston and Martha’s Vineyard. Her home and cooking school is on Martha’s Vineyard, where she loves to fish, forage, garden, visit farms and cook. You can find her on Instagram and at Catherinewalthers.com.

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Lisë Stern is the editor of Taste of the Seacoast, a semiannual magazine the covers food, drinks, and entertaining in coastal New Hampshire, northeastern Massachusetts, and southern Maine. Her work has been published in many publications, and she is the author of four food-related books, including Culinary Tea and How to Keep Kosher.



Michael Floreak is a food writer and brand strategist who lives and often eats in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His interviews with authors, chefs, writers and characters from across the food world appear regularly in The Boston Globe and To Market. He recently completed his Masters of Arts in Gastronomy from Boston University. Find him on Twitter @floreak.



Peggy Grodinsky has been writing and editing stories about restaurants, chefs, home cooking and cookbooks for some 20 years and cooking with joy for a lot longer than that. She has worked at newspapers, magazines and nonprofits, including 7 years at the James Beard Foundation, 3+ years at The Houston Chronicle and 5 years at America's Test Kitchen. She's also taught food writing at Harvard University Extension School and New York University. Her story on the relationship of a Portland chef and a dishwasher was featured in the Best Food Writing 2017 anthology edited by Holly Hughes. Today, Grodinsky oversees sections on food and on sustainability (including farm- and fish-to-table issues) at the Portland Press Herald in Maine, and she writes herself whenever she can squeeze in the time.

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Sam Hayward is the chef and a partner at Fore Street, Portland, Maine. Throughout a cooking career spanning forty years in Maine, Sam has delved deep into Maine’s food history, farming, fisheries, and wild foods. In 2004 Sam was named Best Chef-Northeast by the James Beard Foundation, and in 2011 was named Sustainer of the Year by Chefs Collaborative. In 2018, Sam was a semi-finalist for the Beard Foundation’s Outstanding Chef award. He lives in rural Bowdoinham with his wife Jan and various other creatures.

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Sarah Blackburn

Before taking on the role of managing editor at Edible Boston, Sarah was the recipe editor, marketing director and account manager. She’s worked as a recipe developer, personal chef/caterer, farm stand retailer, Italian imports buyer, cheesemonger and produce buyer among various other positions in both food service and food retail businesses. A graduate of Middlebury College with degrees in the History of Art and Italian Language and Literature, she lives in Wayland with her husband and two children, spending summers fishing, shellfishing and digging in her Cape Cod garden.