Josh Ozersky, a rabble-rousing food writer for Esquire magazine whose prose reflected the pleasures and excesses of his eating adventures, was found dead Monday at a hotel on Chicago’s Near North Side, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Josh Ozersky was the founding editor of New York magazine’s Grub Street blog, for which he won a James Beard Foundation Award in 2008.
After leaving Grub Street in 2008, he went on to work as a Citysearch editor and a Time columnist. He was a writer-at-large for Esquire magazine, and his writing has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal and Food & Wine.
Ozersky has appeared on numerous food programs, including Iron Chef America and Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, and he founded Meatopia, a traveling food festival. He authored the books The Hamburger: A History (2008) and Meat Me In Manhattan: A Carnivore’s Guide to New York City (2003).
He was born in Miami, earning his undergraduate degree at Rutgers University before attending New York University’s School of Journalism and then getting his Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame.
“It’s difficult to express how much we’ll miss his fervor, uniquely carnivorous tastes and unyielding candor,” Esquire tweeted Monday. “May he rest in peace.”