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Posted at 3:30 PM ET, 11/24/2010

A new face in the Food section: Tim Carman

By Joe Yonan

Tim Carman.

We’ve got exciting news here at WaPoFood. Some of you may have heard the rumors, and they’re true. We’ve hired a new staff writer, and it’s Tim Carman from Washington City Paper.

We’ve been fans of Tim’s work for years, have gotten to work with him on a few freelance pieces and know that he’s a great fit for the section. For those of you who aren’t already fans of Tim's stuff (and if you aren’t, you should be), some of the best examples are:

Inside D.C.’s Food Truck Wars, Sept. 24, 2010.

Ignore the Pizza Police, July 2, 2010.

How Not to Hire a Chef, May 22, 2009.

Pain in the Glass, Feb. 9, 2007.

Tim will fill the position left vacant by the fabulous Jane Black, who left to work on a book project in West Virginia (and then relocate to New York), and he will bring his own formidable talents to the job. He's been nominated for a James Beard Foundation award for newspaper feature story, was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies Award for food writing, and has been included in three editions of the "Best Food Writing" anthology.

A little more about Tim: He’s been at WCP since February 2006, and as food editor he not only writes and edits the daily Young & Hungry blog, but he also writes the weekly column of the same name -- in addition to cover stories. He contributes regularly on the subject of food and restaurants for Metro Connection and the Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU-FM. Before going to WCP, he was managing editor of the Humane Society of the United States’ Web site, and before that, he was managing editor of the weekly Houston Press, where he got bit by the food bug by editing the estimable Robb Walsh.

At the Post, Tim will write feature and news stories about restaurants, home cooking, ingredients, trends and other food-related topics for the Food section and other sections, including A1. He will also take charge of this blog, so expect to see some exciting new features roll out.

Tim’s knowledge of the D.C. – and national -- food scene is deep, he’s a joy to work with, and we’re excited to have him on board. He starts Dec. 6.

-- Joe Yonan

By Joe Yonan  | November 24, 2010; 3:30 PM ET
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I enjoyed his piece on the food carts, among others, in the City Paper. He's good and deserves wider exposure. The best City Paper writers seem to move up and out of DC. Hope he sticks around.

Posted by: RepealObamacareNow | November 24, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

This is a great addition to the WashPost team. Tim's understanding of many food genres - and genres of eaters -- is superb, and I look forward to experiencing DC vicariously through his posts and features.

Posted by: jfrels | November 24, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Tim's writing style and point of view has been one of WCP's assets for years. Not to mention his Herculean workload and connections to the community. No doubt the Post gig will see him explore new topics, and revisit the standards with some welcome improvisations. Can't wait to see how Style develops!

Posted by: pkward | November 24, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Tim's work was the only reason I looked at WCP in recent years, this is a coup for the Post.

Posted by: fluxgirl | November 25, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Does Mr Carman support the goals of the HSUS which are to end all pet ownership in the US by any means necessary? HSUS along with PETA are both terrorist organizations.

I guess this means Tom is leaving soonest!

Posted by: sheepherder | November 26, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

He's a good writer, but the last person I want to take my food advice from is an HSUS puppet. HSUS has a multimillion-dollar budget with a goal to end animal ownership of any kind. Despite their sad-puppy-dog-face fundraising ads, less than 1 percent of their huge budget goes to animal shelters. A lot of it goes to exhorbitant retirement plans for its own fat cats. Most of it goes to political action. They're not going to be successful pushing their vegan agenda on me.

Posted by: anita4 | November 30, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

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