Troy Johnson is an award-winning food writer, TV host and humorist.
Troy’s knack for pop-culture metaphors has changed the way Americans talk about what we consume — whether made by Daniel Boulud or The Black Keys. He parlayed a poetry degree into a 10-year gig as successful rock journalist (Billboard, Spin, etc.). He wrote and hosted an Emmy-winning, satirical TV show about indie rock, including live performances from The Buzzcocks, TV on the Radio and Peaches (plus Maroon Five’s television debut). Then he saw Jesus in a short rib in 2007 and dedicated himself to food. In 2008, his memoir was published nationally by Arcade.
By 2010, his restaurant criticism and rants on food culture won the highest journalism awards in SD and Orange County. Food Network tapped him to host and write the narrative food travel series, Crave.
In the last year, Troy has emceed a TEDx series, signed on as restaurant critic for San Diego Magazine and continued to Tweet and rant about what we eat and how we eat it.
He currently lives in San Diego, where he’s starting a wine company, Bon Affair, with a couple friends, and is writing his forthcoming book — the first about food.