Happy Eater wins award in writing competition

September 13, 1992

SAN FRANCISCO -- Rob Kasper, Baltimore Sun columnist, has won second place in a national writing contest sponsored by the Newspaper Food Editors and Writers Association. He received the award and a check for $250 this week during the group's convention in San Francisco.

The competition, which rates writers on skill and consistency, requires contestants to submit consecutive columns. Mr. Kasper's winning selection came from his twice-weekly Happy Eater column. His columns, on the thrill of grilling eggplant and on the social superiority of the kitchen table over new-fangled

breakfast bars, finished second to Ruth Reichl. Ms. Reichl, food editor of the Los Angeles Times, won with a selection from her twice-a-month columns on Los Angeles restaurants.

This is the fourth time in the last five years that Mr. Kasper has won a writing award from the nation's food editors. In 1988, a selection of his Happy Eater columns won a National Headliner ** Award.

Mr. Kasper, a native of Dodge City, Kan., joined The Sun in 1978. He began writing the Happy Eater column in 1983. In 1990 he began writing an additional column, Saturday's Hero, a humorous look at home repair and fatherhood.

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