David Leite is a food writer, blog publisher, and cookbook author. His first book, The New Portuguese Table: Exciting Flavors from Europe's Western Coast, won the 2010 IACP Julia Child Award, as well as garnering other distinctions. When not planning his second book, he writes about everything from champagne to Welsh food to high tea to being a super taster for publications including the New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Pastry Art & Design, Food Arts, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Sun-Times, The Washington Post, and Charlotte Observer. David is a frequent guest on WTHN's TV program "Connecticut Style" as well as "The Today Show." He was a favorite guest of the Martha Stewart Living Radio program "Living Today" hosted by Mario Bosquez, is a guest host on the Martha Stewart Living Radio program "Cooking Today," reads his work on public radio's food program "The Splendid Table" hosted by Lynne Rossetto Kasper, and has been featured on WTNH-TV and Radical Sabbatical on Fine Living Network. He also teaches at Boston University.
David won the 2008 James Beard Award for his article, "In a '64 T-Bird, Chasing a Date with a Clam" and was nominated in 2009 for his article "Perfection? Hint: It's Warm and Has a Secret," both from the New York Times. He's also a four-time nominee for the Bert Green Award for Food Journalism, which he won in 2006. In addition, he was a 2007 and 2006 winner of an Association of Food Journalists Award. His essays have been included in the Best Food Writing series from 2001 to 2012. Leite's Culinaria, which David created in 1999, won the 2007 and 2006 James Beard Award for Best Food Web Site, a 2006 Food Blog Award, the 2005 World Food Media Award for Best Food and/or Drink Web Site, and was named Best Writer's Web Site for 2002 by Writer's Digest.