The well-loved food writer Josh Ozersky, food editor of Esquire magazine, was found dead in his Chicago hotel room Monday morning.
He had written about restaurants under the byline Mr. Cutlets for the New York Daily News, pioneered food blogging at New York magazine's Grub Street, written about food for Time, and founded Meatopia, a riotous celebration of carnivorousness that popped up in New York, London, Florida and Pebble Beach.
His books included a biography of Col. Sanders and a social history of hamburgers. He was in Chicago to cover the James Beard Foundation restaurant awards ceremony for Esquire. Ozersky was 47.
He always sided with chefs against writers — recently with the jihad of Texas chef John Tesar against Dallas Morning News critic Leslie Brenner. Chef David Chang famously banned him from his restaurants after he prematurely leaked a menu to Grub Street. Anthony Bourdain wrote of the incident in his book Medium Raw: "There is no question in my mind that buffalo will graze in Times Square — and pink macaroons will fall from the sky — before Josh Ozersky ever makes it through the door of a Momofuku.''