Meridith Ford

Decatur, GA USA

Professional Experience

I’ve spent most of the last 20 years in publishing – most recently as the executive editor for Modern Luxury Media. Prior, I was dining critic and chief food writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the largest daily newspaper in the Southeast. I've covered everything from Cuban media noche to the craze in home canning, and interviewed trend setters from Alice Waters to Carlo Petrini and food wits such as Calvin Trillin. (Ludacris, I’m proud to say, loves my toes.) In 2006 I was nominated for a James Beard Award. I also wrote a food-and-lifestyles blog, Life is Lemonade, which mused on life, love and food. I have many years of experience writing, editing, organizing large projects for publication, managing budgets, writing and testing recipes, styling and coordinating food content. My passion for food began as a chef, and I was happy in my role as chef instructor at Johnson & Wales University for seven years.


Editor (photo, picture)
3 Years
9 Years
20 Years


20 Years
15 Years
10 Years


Academia Teaching
7 Years
Newspaper - Local/Regional
12 Years
PR (firm) - Small to mid-sized corp. clients
5 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

15 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Atlanta Journal-Constitution (10+), Providence Journal (10+), Pastry Art & Design (10+)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Jamestown (10+)

Other Work History

• Over 12 years as the dining critic and food writer at two daily newspapers, the Providence Journal and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, as well as a freelance writer and contributing editor for magazines such as Chef, Chocolatier, Pastry Art & Design, Fine Cooking and Kitchen Gardener • Nominated for a James Beard award for restaurant criticism in 2006 • Extensive experience in consumer food and lifestyle writing, food styling, recipe creation, recipe testing and editing for magazines and newspapers • Extensive experience in digital media and marketing, including SEO utilization and AP writing styles for digital and print content • Extensive knowledge of and passion for food, travel and wine • Extensive teaching and speaking experience; taught culinary arts at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I., as well as served as a guest speaker for many conferences and forum closing keynote

Foreign Language Skills

some French, some Spanish

Computer Skills

Word, Excel, Photoshop, InDesign


laptop, camera


James Beard Award nominee, 2006