Joe Yonan is Food and Travel editor of The Washington Post. Under his stewardship, the Food section has twice been awarded the James Beard Foundation award for the nation’s best newspaper food section. Mr. Yonan writes the Food section’s monthly “Cooking for One” column, which won honors from the Association of Food Journalists. He also writes for the Food and Travel sections, and his writing for The Post and previously the Boston Globe has appeared in three editions of the “Best Food Writing” anthology. He is author of “Serve Yourself: Nightly Adventures in Cooking for One,” published this year; and coauthor of “TheFearless Chef” with Boston chef Andy Husbands. He was born in Albany, Ga., the same year the local high school’s head cheerleader was none other than chef Paula Deen. He was raised in San Angelo, Texas, and earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Yonan also earned a professional chef’s diploma from the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts outside Boston.