Food Writer Joshua Ozersky Found Dead in Chicago

He was 47 years old.

Famed food writer Joshua Ozersky was found dead in a Chicago hotel yesterday morning. Ozersky was there covering the James Beard Awards. The cause of his death is still unknown.

Ozersky was the founding editor of New York’s Grub Street. He won a James Beard Award in 2008. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Daily News and Food & Wine. He previously served as a columnist for Time and joined Esquire as a restaurant editor-at-large last year.

In a series of tweets, Esquire released the following statement: “We’ve just learned that one of our own, legendary food writer Josh Ozersky, died today at 47. It’s difficult to express how much we’ll miss his fervor, uniquely carnivorous tastes, and unyielding candor. May he rest in peace.”