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Times writer wins national honors

Times food critic Chris Sherman won two writing awards in the Association of Food Journalists' annual competition, announced Saturday in Kansas City, Mo.

Sherman won first place in column writing for publications larger than 200,000 circulation for a variety of columns on wine and food, which appeared in the Taste section. Awarded second place was Gerald Asher, writing for Gourmet magazine, and third was Debbie Moose, writing in the News and Observer, Raleigh, N.C.

In the restaurant criticism category, Sherman took third place for a variety of reviews. Gourmet writer Jonathan Gold was the first place winner, and Gourmet's Caroline Bates was second.

The only other Florida publication placing in the competition was the Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale, which took third place in the best section category for papers of 150,000 to 300,000 circulation.

In the Times' circulation category, more than 300,000, best section honors went to the Chicago Tribune, first; Washington Post, second; and Los Angeles Times, third.

Sherman, 53, has been restaurant critic and food writer at the Times since 1989. He is the author of The Buzz on Wine (Lebhar-Friedman Books, $16.95) which should be in bookstores by Oct. 1.