Tom Hirschfeld grew up in Indiana, graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Journalism focusing on photojournalism, and moved to New York City sight unseen after making the newspaper rounds for a short bit. After kicking round NYC for a few years freelancing, 6 to be exact, he returned home. Back in Indiana, Tom did all the things he wanted to do: concrete worker, truck driver, and oil salesman, before marrying the most beautiful and wonderful wife in the world. He went back to school for a degree in education, but switched to culinary school and graduated with a degree in culinary arts. After working in restaurants for about 10 years, he bought a building, liquor license, and equipment for his own restaurant–but chucked the whole thing before it ever opened to be a stay at home dad. His family moved to the farm and Tom started taking pictures again after a 20 year hiatus. He started developing recipes, people started to tell him he could write, and that’s were FOODQUARTERLY comes in. Tom is currently looking for a publisher. He considers himself the luckiest man in the world to be the dad of two little girls who do their best to keep him young.
Awards: On top of FOOD52′s award as the 2012 Best Culinary Publication by the James Beard Foundation I was also nominated as a 2012 IACP finalist for best culinary blog for my site Bona Fide Farm Food.