Hello! My name is Joseph Hernandez. I’m a freelance writer and editor.
A former editor of The Chicago Tribune, SevenFifty Daily, Thrillist, and Wine Enthusiast, I mostly cover the intersections of food, wine, and travel with the culture at large. Simply put, I’m at my best when developing, editing, or writing intriguing stories like the political importance of drag brunch, or how my childhood lunches of Filipino food affected my upbringing, or heck, how to travel for weed in Canada. I love talking to chefs and food professionals about how food and wine go far beyond what’s served on the plate or in the glass, but also love discovering clever recipes that make life more delicious.
In a meandering fashion—through the film, fashion, and event-planning industries—I discovered my love for all things food, so I traded my old hamster wheel for another, each adventure a chance to chase the next great flavor. Over the course of my career, I’ve worked with world famous chef Marcus Samuelsson, managed a wine shop, planned a travel writers conference, and worked with the James Beard Foundation. A certified wine geek (really: Level 3 Advanced via the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, i.e. WSET) with a knack for knives, ketchup and kimchi, I’ve developed my palate by traveling the world, sipping (lots of) wine and putting food in my face at every opportunity. Whether I’m learning how to make a hyper-regional gnocchi or reading up on the more obscure aspects of French vermouth, I’m happiest when I can learn by doing, having picked up a few awards along the way. Lastly, I’ve spoken at panels, on podcasts, in college classrooms, and to fellow press about the food, travel, and media industries. From how to pitch editors to creating inclusive food and wine spaces, I’m happy to discuss how I can share my expertise with your audience. Speaking credits include: The Racist Sandwich podcast, Columbia College Chicago, Travel Con, IACP, and Chicago Style.
I currently live in Brooklyn, New York, though I was born in the Philippines, grew up in Orange County, California, and matured in Chicago. I live with my husband and our grumpy hedgehog, Hedgewig.
Want to work together? Email me.
*Joey is acceptable, if we’ve met and you deem me a “Joey”; Joe is a no-no, forever and always.