Here’s a little light Friday evening trivial foodie information for you. There’s been a big reveal today in the food world, and no, it has nothing to do with something Paula Deen said 30 years ago.
In 2011, Ruth Bourdain won the James Beard Award for Humor in food writing, but no one came up on stage to accept the award. Ruth Bourdain was not the name of a person, but the Twitter handle of an anonymous person who went by @ruthbourdain. The name is a mashup of food critic and writer Ruth Reichl and food TV personality and writer Anthony Bourdain.
For years, the food world has tried to discover the identity of Ruth Bourdain, but until today, it was unknown. The New York Times has revealed the anonymous tweeter’s identity to be Josh Friedland, a freelance writer and food blogger at one of the earliest food blogs The Food Section.
As Ruth Bourdain, Friedland tweeted regularly with funny parodies of Reichl’s tweets interspersed with Bourdain’s harsh language, but they weren’t the only food celebrities who found themselves in his tweets. Mario Batali, Guy Fieri, Rachael Ray, Wolfgang Puck, Alice Waters, and, yes, Paula Deen all ended up in his tweets, which parodied the way the food world can take itself so seriously.
Friedland says that concealing his alter ego had become exhausting and that he’s ready to step in the spotlight.
Do you follow @ruthbourdain on Twitter? Now that you know his identity, will you still follow?
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