Josh Ozersky of Ozersky.TV - Biography

New York, NY

September 2015

Josh Ozersky, aka Mr. Cutlets, was known in the restaurant community as a lover of all things meat, especially the hamburger. So who better than Mr. Cutlets himself to ghost write the biography of the hamburger? The Hamburger: A History was published in April 2009, cementing the author as a meat-lover’s culinary historian.

Beyond his zestful carnivorousness, Ozersky was a prolific commentator. He wrote frequently about the vernacular of American cookery, while his culinary opinions, expositions, and exaltations ranged from food trucks to fine dining. The James Beard Award-winning food writer was the former restaurant critic for Newsday, national editor for Citysearch, founding editor of Grubstreet, and editor-at-large for Esquire. Ozersky also wrote for many other publications, including The New York Times, the New York Post, Saveur, Time, and Details. His books include Meat Me in Manhattan: A Carnivore’s Guide to New York and Archie Bunker’s America: TV in an Era of Changing Times.

Ozersky TV, the writer’s eponymous food site, launched in 2009 and was home to an increasing array of short, zippy food-related videos about anything and everything—from the specific dynamics of a successful kitchen to the inimitable excellence of a well made roast beef sandwich. When he wasn’t commenting on the state of cuisine, Ozersky worked on expanding the literary canon of American food icons, whether they be hamburger or human. Ozersky’s contribution to the culinary and literary worlds was cut short when he died in May 2014. He was just 47. Ozersky is survived by his wife Danit Lidor and all the chefs and meat lovers his work touched, and through whom his memory will live on.