About Joyce LaFray

Joyce LaFray, acknowledged to be one of the country’s foremost food experts, has earned plaudits for her ability to educate and entertain in a cornucopia of media settings. Restaurant reviewer, author, lecturer, and editor, Joyce has developed a rapidly growing, enthusiastic group of fans who follow her food paths in Florida and throughout the country.

Her readers have faithfully followed her exploits and adventures in the fields of food, wine, and travel, via a myriad number of cookbooks and restaurant guides. Joyce has been food and wine editor of Creative Loafing, contributor to Bon Appetit, Where Magazine, and Gourmet Retailer and book publisher for the Tampa Bay Times.

As a travel writer, Joyce has been a guest of a number of governments: Italy, Spain, France and the Caribbean. She is a member of the James Beard Foundation, Bay Area Professional Writers and the International Association of Culinary.

Some of the honors and awards bestowed on her efforts proclamation from the Mayor of the City of Miami for her excellence and dedication to food journalism and a "Joyce LaFray Day," as "Best Cookbook Publisher," from Macy's Department Stores, certificates of appreciation from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, and "Best of State Award" for her contribution to Florida's Adult Education Program.

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