12th Annual Shorty Awards Categories

The final deadline to vote for your favorite nominee or to enter your brand or organization was on Thursday, February 20th, 2020.


Honoring the most notable and viral influencers and creators from 2020. See below for official categories.

Brands & Organizations

The Shorty Awards honor the talented agencies, brands, and industry leaders behind the best and most innovative work on social media channels, campaigns, websites and applications.

From the 11th Annual Shorty Awards Best in Food

Eating and drinking is the spice of life. It’s the heart of many communities. These creators are artists in their own right. Whether they’re creating beautiful pies, or teaching you how to cook a pheasant, they’re creating fantastic content. These nominees led the charge this year in the very best of content surrounding food and drink. They’re all very different and deserve a deep dive of their content! You’ll be amazed at what you learn. Don’t watch hungry.

If you’re a brand looking for recognition for your use of social media in this space, enter the Best in Food and Beverage Shorty Award.


Brad Leone
Bon Appetit’s social media stable is brimming with talent, but no one is as beloved as Brad Leone, kitchen manager for the BA test kitchen. He hosts the It’s Alive series on YouTube, which highlights a host of “alive,” often fermented foods from miso to porcini mushrooms and beyond, as season three premiered in 2018 receiving millions of views. Wh…
Lauren Ko
Few baked goods on social media are as visually striking as the perfectly patterned ones made at home by Lauren Ko. Using remarkable mathematical precision in her designs, Lauren is an amateur baker based in Seattle who creates pies and tarts that incorporate amazing design, a modernist-inspired style and a color palette in ways unlike any other. …
Korean home cooking is a comfort food unlike any in the world. Enter Maangchi, a Korean-born, NYC-based chef who uses YouTube to give her audience of 3M+ subscribers a essential insight into how to make beautiful and delicious dishes, just like a Korean mom’s home cooking. She covers everything from essential BBQ staples and japchae to more off-th…
Strictly Dumpling
Few people eat with the vigor and capacity of Mike Chen, who operates under the moniker Strictly Dumpling on YouTube. With 2M+ subscribers on YouTube and 1M+ Facebook followers, Mike’s endless search for the best tastes and biggest buffets around the world has clearly struck a nerve. Some of his most popular videos include his attempt to eat a mas…
The Icing Artist
Laurie The Icing Artist and her social media accounts provide “the easy way to make WOW-worthy desserts with just a few simple tools and ingredients.” A self-taught baking extraordinaire with 3M+ YouTube subscribers and nearly 500K Facebook fans, Laurie and her videos teach her massive audience how to make every kind of cake imaginable. Whether it…


David Chang
The creative mind behind NYC staple Momofuku Noodle Bar, David Chang is an iconic figure in American cooking. His Netflix series Ugly Delicious launched in 2018, which featured David and his crew of chefs, artists, and cultural icons highlighting some of the world’s most satisfying grub. He also launched a new podcast in partnership with the Ringer and his …
Drinking with Chickens
With so many great food and drink accounts, it can be difficult to make yourself stand out from the pack. Enter Kate Richard and her project Drinking with Chickens is, which, in fact is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Dubbed “garden-to-glass cocktailing,”Kate, an LA-based gardening enthusiast, uses what she grows in her backyard to create delicious…
Matty Matheson
In a world full of big-name tattooed food dudes, Matty Matheson is one of the biggest and most tattooed on the scene. A staple on Viceland’s Munchies show, his charisma on YouTube is undeniable and unmatched. The fall release of his first book, Matty Matheson: A Cookbook, was met with widespread acclaim, becoming a bestseller on Amazon, and appearing on sev…
Spoon Fork Bacon
Put a food stylist and a top photographer together, sprinkle in some delicious recipes and out comes Spoon Fork Bacon, an Instagram account and blog bound to inspire a craving. SFB was created by Jenny Park and Teri Lyn Fisher, who do that on a regular basis for their 315K+ followers on Instagram, giving life to everything from breakfast must-haves like bak…
Few accounts on YouTube delve as deep into specialty food history as Steve Thomas, who runs the channel Steve1989MREiinfo. Steve collects up vintage military MREs, which stands for meal ready to eat, then takes his passion to the next level with a detailed unboxing and, when possible, taste test. If you’ve ever wanted to see someone eat peanut butter from t…
Yukiko Tanzi
Yukiko Tanzi has a wonderful mentality for how to deal with the trials obstacles daily life throws your day. “Life happens. Chocolate helps.” A heart transplant survivor living in Switzerland, the food stylist and photographer has racked up 75K+ Instagram followers posting picture of her perfectly baked, healthy and easy to make recipes. Sharing the heart w…

About the Shorty Awards

The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media.

Millions of people participate in The Shortys to recognize individuals and organizations producing great content on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitch, TikTok, and the rest of the social web.

the 12th annual shorty awards will take place on may 3rd.