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The Hosts With the Most (Culinary Gigs) in Town Return to the Charlies

Jason DeRusha and Joy Summers

The Charlie Awards is pleased to welcome back the all-star food-reporting team of Jason DeRusha and Joy Summers as hosts of the 2019 Charlie Awards, Sunday, January 27, at the Pantages Theater in Minneapolis. The sought-after duo were last seen on the Charlies stage for the sixth annual event in 2016. 

Although they need no introduction to the Twin Cities culinary scene, we would feel amiss in our reporting if we didn’t provide a bit of background and context for the 2019 awards show. 

In addition to a number of separate reporting gigs, Jason and Joy work together as food critics for Minnesota Monthly magazine. A busy man about town, Jason is the anchor and food reporter for WCCO-TV, as well as anchoring its morning show, and serving as a host on WCCO radio. He has a large fan base on Twitter and social media. 

Joy, currently editor at Eater Twin Cities, is former blogger at Heavy Table and City Pages. In her bio for Eater, Joy claims she learned to cook with bacon grease and to braise road-kill pheasant in heavy cream. (Yes, she told us, her mother actually stopped the car after seeing a truck hit a pheasant, snapping the neck in a circular move to ensure the poor bird was actually dead.)

Both Joy and Jason are in demand as judges, guests and hosts of various food-related events around the Twin Cities, so we are thrilled they see the Charlies, which celebrates the hard work and selflessness of the foodservice industry, is on their radar as a worthy event to host. 

“The Charlie Awards are always such a blast,” Joy said. “First, there's the fun of trying to recognize everyone out of kitchen whites and during daylight hours. Second, it's the chance to celebrate this incredible community that I've been so lucky to be a tangential part of. I'm so excited to see what this year's event brings.”

Proceeds from the Charlie Awards and its afterparty go to Open Arms, a nonprofit that prepares and delivers home-cooked nutritious meals to people dealing with life-threatening illnesses.  

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