My name is Malcolm Bedell, and I’ve been cooking and writing about food in my home state of Maine since 2010. My writing, photos, and recipes have been featured online on The Guardian, Serious Eats, NBC’s “Today” Show, Grub Street, Food & Wine, The Huffington Post, Thrillist, Ladies Home Journal, Bon Appetit, Eater, Blog Her, Urbanspoon, and the LA Weekly, as well as in print for Down East, Indulge, Cigar Snob, Portland Magazine, and in the book, “Blog Design for Dummies“ by Melissa Culbertson.
In 2013, I was honored and humbled to be selected as an Editor’s Choice for Down East Magazine‘s “Best of Maine” issue, in the “Personal Food Blog” category. My work has also been featured by Portland Food Map, Live Work Portland, and received a “Best Of” nomination in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 from The Portland Phoenix in their “Best Food Blog” category. Our work has also been featured by Blog Eats, Food Porn Daily, Yummly, Foodista, Yupeat, Feastie, and Via Los Angeles. We’ve been profiled by the Bangor Daily News and the Coastal Journal, as well as mentioned in the Portland Press Herald.
In 2014, we published our first book, called “Eating in Maine: At Home, On the Town, and On the Road.” It’s one part cookbook, with both traditional and modern New England recipes, one part review guide, with in-depth reviews of more than 50 of Maine’s can’t-miss restaurants, and part travel guide, with suggested food-centric road trips that will take you across the width and breadth of the state, in search of the best food Maine has to offer. How many parts is that, three? Yes, that’s right. There’s three parts.
All of this cooking for the website started to open the doors to cooking, for real. I began competing in online and real-world cooking contests, and to my surprise, doing well in them. I won or placed in several contests sponsored by the American Lamb Council, Jones Dairy Farm, the Wisconsin Cheese Board, and NBC’S “Today” show. I was also fortunate to compete for two consecutive years in the “World Food Championship,” an invite-only contest that challenges the best chefs in the world to compete in Las Vegas for over $300,000 in prizes. I competed in the “World Sandwich Championship,” earning an 11th place finish out of 60 competitors in that category.
In 2015, I raised almost $30,000 from more than 400 backers on Kickstarter to launch a food truck, called “Wich, Please.” The campaign was the 7th most-funded food truck campaign in Kickstarter history, and received a lot of attention from Eater Maine, the Portland Press Herald, the Pen Bay Pilot, and the Bangor Daily News. I was also featured in interviews for FoodTruckr and Food Truck Empire. Opening day was in May, 2015, and the reception so far by both the public and the press has been very, very encouraging, earning both Eater.com’s “Hottest Restaurant in Maine” for 2015 and The Courier-Gazette’s “Best of the Best” Food Truck in Knox County for 2016.
My passion for food reaches far beyond my home state. In the last year, I have also launched Spork & Barrel, a food blog that focuses on fast food and frozen snacks, as well as Brocavore, a website that explores street food culture and cooking. I’m also a regular contributor to Food Truck Empire, and continue to pitch magazines and newspapers right and left, with occasional features in Down East and some other national publications (though they usually think I’m too weird). Thank you so much for reading, and of course, feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or suggestions.