The Final Round: Which Food Blogger Won the First Annual Foodie Fight?

The Final Round: Which Food Blogger Won the First Annual Foodie Fight?

We all have a passion.

If you’re reading this, one of them probably has to do with food & drink. Maybe your niche is in cooking, maybe it’s decorating cakes, or trying to find the best local produce at your neighborhood farmers market on a Saturday morning. Perhaps you’re in the business and are passionate about catering, marketing, or the technology that keeps us moving forward. No matter what it is, this “thing” evokes something within you. It keeps you moving forward.

In my personal opinion, as not to generalize or assume, capturing this passion is what the best kind of writers capitalize on. In a modern world, this also goes for bloggers. And food bloggers are no exception. Food, like food blogging, can be very playful, as it should be, but there’s an unspoken precision to it, as well. Timing, measurements, cooking styles, personal flair, multi-tasking, plating — these elements are proof that culinary creation is an art form. Food is also deeply rooted with history, dialects, regions, style, and culture. Whether subconscious or not, it truly does connect us.

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Foodie Fight Round Six: East Coast Food Bloggers

Foodie Fight Round Six: East Coast Food Bloggers

Food bloggers — great ones — bring new flavor to the table. Whether it's searching for the best burger in the world, critiquing new hidden gems in town, connecting the dots between nostalgic comfort food in a modern market, or getting down to the root of telling peoples' stories within the food movement, each blogger provides a window of something worth devouring. At least, such is true for this Foodie Fight series, where we have scoured the nation for some of the best food bloggers — specifically those who review restaurants to some capacity — and, over the weeks, narrowed it down. Currently, there are five left standing: Adam Roberts of Amateur Gourmet, who was crowned our West Coast winner last week, along with Sef Gonzalez (Burger Beast), Jimmy Sobeck (Eat It, Atlanta), Liza de Guia (Food. Curated.), and Josh Ozersky (Ozersky.TV).

This round will determine which blog Amateur Gourmet will be up against for the Finals round, which will be scored a bit differently, as to keep things unpredictable. As we mentioned last time, we're bringing it back East Coast vs. West Coast style. And if you don't know, now you know.

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Foodie Fight Round Five: West Coast Food Bloggers

Foodie Fight Round Five: West Coast Food Bloggers

For the remainder of #FoodieFight2014, we’re taking it back — ’90s style — with a proper East Coast/West Coast battle. But to narrow it down, we’re going coast to coast for ROUND 5 and pitting all of our west coast food bloggers on each other. NO ONE IS SAFE. 

We refreshed the numbers, pulling data from this past week, but kept the Editorial Scores the same. So going back and checking individual scores will not help you to figure out who the winner will be (we don’t even know who it will be yet). And this time, we’re going in on the visuals because #foodporn.

Alright, west coast, let’s see what you’ve got…

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Foodie Fight Round Four: Southeast

Foodie Fight Round Four: Southeast

In our last installation of the first tier of our Foodie Fight 2014 bracket (try saying that ten times fast), we are bringing our southeast food bloggers to the forefront. Hold onto your spoons, people, because after this cut, $hit’s about to get even more real. Rather than give you the whole spiel again, if you aren’t yet familiar with the first annual Foodie Fight, educate yourself here to get a full breakdown of how we score each blog (read: we don’t play favorites, and most of the data is pulled organically from our proprietary Restaurant Social Media Index, anyway). 

So far, going into the second tier — the quarter-finals — are Amateur Gourmet [Adam Roberts] and Mattatouille [Matthew K.] reppin’ the Southwest; Daily Blender [Jennifer Heigl] and Food Gal [Carolyn Jung] holding down the Northwest; and Ozersky.TV [Josh Ozersky] and Food. Curated. [Liza Mosquito de Guia] stomping on all you Northeast food bloggers/vloggers (we don’t hate, but work with us on the dramatics, people — this is blogger war!). 

Ahem…

Let’s roll into Round 4, shall we?

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Foodie Fight Round Three: Northeast

Foodie Fight Round Three: Northeast

Welcome back to another Round of our First Annual Foodie Fight! In the first two rounds, we reviewed, judged (not too harshly, we promise) and scored food bloggers in the Southwest and Northwest regions. If this is your first time devouring #FoodieFight2014 content, here’s the deal: We hand-selected more than 100 food bloggers across the nation (that’s a lot of food porn) and narrowed it down to four in each region. After each regional round, we will filter the best food bloggers into the quarter-finals, the semis, and then the final round. But here’s the thing — and this is important! — we aren’t just giving you our own take on which blogs are awesome, though our Editorial Review score (based on content, design and on-blog comments) is, of course, done by our editor. Aside from this, our proprietary Restaurant Social Media Index pulls data on each blog’s sentiment score (how do readers really feel about the blog based on organic social conversations across the 17 social platforms we track through the Index?) and engagement score (engagement between blog content and social media consumers across said 17 social platforms). These scores, which are based on a 10-point scale, are beyond our control and will ultimately decide who stays and who goes.

In Round 3, we’re reppin’ the Northeast (which, we must point out, includes a Chicago blogger — we realize Chicago isn’t technically part of the ‘northeast,’ but for the sake of fairness, we literally split a map in fours, and Chi-town just so happened to fall into the upper-right-hand-side. Capiche?)

Ok then, let’s dig in!

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