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Troy M. Johnson
Born Script error: The function "birth_date_and_age" does not exist.
San Diego, California, USA
Residence Ocean Beach, California
Alma mater California State University, Chico[1]
Occupation
  • TV personality/judge
  • Food critic
  • Author
Children 1
Website heytroyjohnson.com

Troy Johnson (born August 13, 1973) is a writer, food critic, and television personality from San Diego. He has been on several Food Network shows as a panelist and a judge on Iron Chef America[2] and "The Best Thing I Ever Ate." He is best known as a judge on the Food Network show Guy's Grocery Games since its inception in 2013[3] and Campus Eats on the Big Ten Network since 2016. He previously hosted Crave which was also on the Food Network, an award winning music show in San Diego called Fox Rox, and a pregame San Diego Padres pregame show entitled Outta Left Field.

Early life and education[edit | edit source]

Johnson was raised in Peñasquitos, a suburb of San Diego, and attended Mt. Carmel High School. He graduated in 1997 from California State University, Chico with a bachelor's degree in speech communications and poetry.[4]

Career[edit | edit source]

After college, he began writing as a music journalist where from 2002 to 2007 he was the music editor of the San Diego CityBeat.[1] During that time he wrote pieces for Billboard' Spin. He has also written articles for magazines such as Surfer, Rolling Stone, SPIN, Mojo and Paper. He also wrote and hosted an San Diego TV show about indie rock called Fox Rox, which ran from 2001 to 2007.[5] The show garnered a number of local Emmy Awards.[1] From 2006-2007, he hosted a San Diego Padres pregame show entitled Outta Left Field. In 2007, he parlayed his music journalism into food writing. In 2007 as the senior editor of Modern Luxury’s Riviera magazine, working under James Beard Award winner Brad Johnson. Johnson soon developed a reputation as a food critic.

In 2008 when both shows were cancelled, lifestyle publication Riviera Magazine give Johnson the opportunity to write about food.[1] The next three years was spending editing the award winning food critic. During that time was also spending cultivating his palate, studying flash cards, and talking to chefs.[1] When that critic left, the opportunity to presented itself to become the next food critic. His first editorial of a local Italian restaurant impressed the editorial staff. It also won Best in Show for the San Diego Press Club.[1]

In 2010, Johnson responded to a Food Network blog searching for hosts and submitted a six minute long audition tape.[1] In 2011, he wrote and hosted the culinary travel series, filming nine episodes in six weeks.[4] Crave aired in August 2011 on the Food Network.[6] After two seasons and declining ratings, the show was cancelled.[1] Later in 2011, he became the food and restaurant editor-at-large and dining critic for San Diego Magazine.[7] He has appeared on other Food Network shows including Iron Chef America and The Best Thing I Ever Ate.

After becoming a fan favorite on Crave and it being the number two show in reruns on Fridays, the Food Network asked Johnson to become a judge on Guy's Grocery Games which started in 2013.[1] He still one of the rotating judges. He has published a book about growing up with a lesbian mother, titled Family Outing.[8]

In 2016, Johnson started hosting another food related show for the Big Ten Network entitled Campus Eats who he co-hosted with Jenny Dell. The two go to different university campuses and try the local fare.

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Television
Year Title Role Notes
2001-2007 Fox Rox Host
2006-2007 Outta Left Field Host
2010 Crave Host Writer
2013-present Guy's Grocery Games Judge
2016-present Campus Eats Co-host

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Murphy, Sean. "Savoring the Taste of Success". Chico Statements. Retrieved May 29, 2018. 
  2. "Troy Johnson credits". TV Guide. Retrieved May 25, 2018. 
  3. Saria, Lauren (June 19, 2014). "Food Network Stars and More Join Beau MacMillian for This Year's Lunch & Learn Series". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved May 29, 2018. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Rowe, Peter. "A food TV star is born -- or is he?". 
  5. "Chef's Roll - Troy Johnson". chefsroll.com. Retrieved May 25, 2018. 
  6. "Food Network, 'Crave'". Food Network. Retrieved May 25, 2018. 
  7. Vanderberg, Marcus (November 28, 2011). "San Diego Magazine Hires Food Writer Troy Johnson". Adweek. Retrieved May 27, 2018. 
  8. "Troy Johnson - Food Writer / TV Host". San Diego Wine Classic. Retrieved May 27, 2018. 

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