Joshua Ozersky, Grub Street Founding Editor, Dies at 47

Joshua Ozersky

The James Beard Award-winning food writer's work had appeared in Time, Esquire and the Wall Street Journal.

Food writer Joshua Ozersky was found dead on Monday at a Chicago hotel, the Chicago Tribune reports. He was 47.

Ozersky, who was in Chicago to cover the James Beard Awards, was pronounced dead on the scene at 11:40 a.m. at the Conrad Chicago Hotel, according to the Tribune, citing the Cook County medical examiner. The cause of death has not been released.

Ozersky was the founding editor of New York's Grub Street blog, for which he won a James Beard Award in 2008. 

After leaving Grub Street in 2008, he went on to work as a Citysearch editor and a Time columnist. He was an editor-at-large for Esquire, and his writing has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal and Food & Wine.

Ozersky has appeared on numerous food programs, including Iron Chef America and Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, and he founded Meatopia, a traveling food festival. He authored the books The Hamburger: A History (2008) and Meat Me In Manhattan: A Carnivore’s Guide to New York City (2003).

He was born in Miami, earning his undergraduate degree at Rutgers University before attending New York University's School of Journalism and then getting his Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame.

"It's difficult to express how much we'll miss his fervor, uniquely carnivorous tastes and unyielding candor," Esquire tweeted Monday. "May he rest in peace."

Esquire's tweets can be seen below.

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