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newspaper columnist

William Edward Rice, American Newspaper columnist. Recipient Vesta award as outstanding newspaper food editor, 1979, Ordre du Merite Agricole (France), 1983. Served with United States Navy, 1960-1962.


Rice, William Edward was born on July 26, 1938 in Albany, New York, United States. Son of Harry Edward, Junior and Elizabeth (Lally) Rice.


Bachelor in History, University of Virginia, 1960;Master of Science with honors, Columbia University, 1963.


Reporter, editorial writer, critic Washington Post, 1963-1969. Student LeCordon Bleu, Paris, 1969-1970. Director L'Ecole de Cuisine, Bethesda, Maryland, 1971-1972.

Freelance writer, restaurant critic Washingtonian Magazine, 1971-1972. Executive food editor Washington Post, 1972-1980. Editor-in-chief Food and Wine Magazine, New York City, 1980-1985.

Food and wine columnist Chicago Tribune, 1986—2003. Dining In columnist Gentlemen's Quarterly, 1987-1989. Chairman restaurant awards committee James Beard Foundation, 1993-2003, chairman who's who food and beverage in American committee, 2005-2008.



Served with United States Navy, 1960-1962.


Married Carol Timmon, June 3, 1978 (divorced). Married Jill Van Cleave, August 20, 1983.

Harry Edward Rice

Elizabeth (Lally) Rice

Carol Timmon

Jill Van Cleave