Joe Crea grew up working in restaurants and started writing for newspapers at the age of 12 - and has never stopped. Over a professional career spanning more than four decades, Joe has covered and edited a spectrum of culinary, nutrition, dining and food industry-related topics for daily newspapers including The Orange County Register, Florida Times-Union, Toledo Blade, The Plain Dealer and cleveland.com. For nearly 20 years he worked as a member of several James Beard Foundation awards committees, and served as chairman of Beard Awards Board. Today, his weekly “At The Table” columns appear in Crain’s Business Cleveland. He and his family live in Northeast Ohio.