Tampa Bay Times food critic Laura Reiley won first place in restaurant criticism Thursday in the annual awards competition of the Association of Food Journalists.
Winners were announced at the AFJ annual conference, this year held in Park City, Utah.
Reiley was honored for a collection of three reviews of Tampa restaurants that she wrote in 2012, including Boca Kitchen Bar Market, Edison: Food + Drink Lab, and Wimauma. Wimauma has since closed.
Reiley, 46, has been food critic at the Times since 2007. Earlier this year, she won first place in beat reporting from the Florida Society of News Editors for her restaurant and food coverage.
Other critics placing in the category included Tejal Rao, the Village Voice, second; and Bobby Ampezzan, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Ian Froeb, Riverfront Times in St. Louis, Mo., who tied for third place.
The AFJ competition began in 1986 and recognizes the finest work of food journalists around the country. Entries in the category of restaurant criticism, which honors reviews regularly published by a news organization, are judged on writing and subject knowledge.
For a complete list of winners, go to afjonline.com.