Local food blogger Hank Shaw has secured a James Beard Foundation award nomination for his "Hunter Angler Gardener Cook," the second year in a row his work has received the honor.
The nomination, which the foundation announced today along with other finalists for this year's awards, took Shaw by surprise (Shaw is pictured at left in a Bee file photo by Anne Chadwick Williams).
"From what I understood, the Beard Foundation doesn't go to the well twice in a row," he said.
Last year, Shaw lost to Sunset magazine's food blog, "One-block Diet."
Shaw said he's less hopeful of securing the award this year because the other two blogs in his category are considerably larger than "Hunter Angler Gardener Cook."
"I feel like the Northern Iowa or Cornell of the bracket," he said.
Nevertheless, he is looking forward to attending the May 2 awards dinner in New York City.
Shaw's blog, which focuses on "finding the forgotten feast," also is nominated for an award by the International Association of Culinary Professionals and has led to a book deal with publisher Rodale Books.
What makes Shaw's blog stand out from the crowd?
"The subject matter is relatively unique and I'd like to think that I can put two sentences together," said Shaw, who's been a political reporter for 18 years.
Quite so, Hank.
Click here to see all the James Beard Foundation Award finalists.