Jay Friedman is a freelance food writer and gastronaut—global explorer of things gourmet and, well, not-so-gourmet. Born and raised in New York (and missing those back-east bagels), Jay says he came to Seattle in 1999 because “there’s great produce here.” He’s dabbled in classes at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, taken cooking classes around the world, cooked as a Vermont inn-sitter, worked as a waiter, and evolved into an omnivoracious eater.
Jay is co-editor/author of the Fearless Critic Seattle Restaurant Guide and is a regular contributor to the national Serious Eats blog. He writes regular columns about sex and food for Edible Seattle (well, he did, until…) and Seattle Weekly‘s Voracious blog (he also does an Asian noodle column there, earning him the nickname “The Mein Man”), and also blogs about the dining scene for TheSunBreak (he’s the food editor) and spent time as a restaurant reviewer for Seattle’s City Arts magazine. Other freelance assignments include USA Today, Northwest Palate, and IBUKI magazine. Further, Jay uses his food interest as a foundation for travel pieces he calls “Passport to Pleasure.” These romantic getaways are a hedonistic quest for great food and good times for two, from nibbles to naughtiness. They appear on TheSunbreak and are cross-posted here on the Gastrolust blog, which is the number one restaurant blog in the United States, per Urbanspoon.
When he’s not in his kitchen playing with a takoyaki grill pan, or one of his three woks and four waffle irons, Jay’s likely out searching for everything from chu-toro (well, not so much anymore, due to depletion) to chocolate—though he’s most likely in a Chinese restaurant trying to order organ meats off the Chinese menu, or getting ideas on how to make better xiao long bao.
Also: Jay is a freelance sex educator…in case you’re wondering why there are so many posts about the connections between sex and food!
Note: Jay accepts occasional media “comps” and discounts. These are in no way in exchange for favorable reviews or lack of criticism.