Food editor and chief critic Hanna Raskin of The Post and Courier won a first place award and national recognition for her blog, Raskin Around, by the Association of Food Journalists on Thursday night at its annual conference.

The newspaper’s Food section earned second place in the Best Food Coverage division for papers with circulation under 120,000.

Judges’ comments in the blog competition described Raskin as “a one-woman tour-de-force ... Her voice of authority comes through loud and clear, but in a friend-next-door sort of way, neither too personal nor too aloof. Trustworthy.”

AFJ, the leading professional organization of food media members, recognizes excellence in writing, editing, design and photography during its conference. At its awards banquet in St. Petersburg, 19 first-place prizes were distributed.

Raskin came to The Post and Courier in August 2013 from Seattle, where she was food critic and lead food blogger since 2011 for the Seattle Weekly. Previously, Raskin worked for the Dallas Observer and the Mountain Xpress in Asheville, N.C.

In January 2014, she spearheaded a major content makeover of The Post and Courier’s Food section in print and online, which earned an Award of Excellence from the Society of News Design and also was named a finalist in the AFJ’s Best Food Coverage contest.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in politics from Oberlin College and a master’s degree in American history and museum studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program, State University of New York.

Raskin won an award in 2010 for Best Newspaper Food column from AFJ. Her writing also has been recognized by the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies and the James Beard Foundation.