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Maura Judkis

Reporter, The Washington Post

Washington, D.C.

Maura Judkis

Maura Judkis is a reporter for the Washington Post, covering culture, food and the arts. Her work has been honored by the Association of Food Journalists and the Virginia Press Association. Maura has appeared on local and international TV and radio, including MSNBC, CNN, PBS, and Al Jazeera. She is a 2007 graduate of the George Washington University, and a 2011 arts journalism fellow with the National Endowment for the Arts and the University of Southern California.

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‘I want to see you naked’: When alcohol flowed, Mario Batali turned abusive, workers say

The theme of the party was Magic, Martinis and Mario, and there was an awful lot of the latter two. It was at Mario Batali’s buzzy Los Angeles restaurant Osteria Mozza, the week of the Oscars in March 2010. Vanity Fair publisher Edward Menicheschi was hosting a private dinner for advertisers, and the restaurateur and chef was the main attraction.
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Miss World is the biggest beauty pageant you’ve never heard of. What’s it doing in Washington?

There is no swimsuit competition at Miss World. Miss Universe, sure: More body than brains. But Miss World? She’s all about charity and humanitarianism and talent. Let alone that the global pageant — which is considered more prestigious than Miss Universe — is happening right now, on the Maryland fringe of the nation’s capital, with a crowning Sunday at the new MGM National Harbor casino.
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This ‘burger pervert’ turned a fetish into a following. Now, can he make it last?

The day Mathew Ramsey went viral was nearly his last. It was March 8, 2014, and traffic to his over-the-top blog, PornBurger, had just gone through the roof after a mention on the technology website Gizmodo.com. And as he was sitting at his kitchen table, watching it all happen, he took a bite of a ham sandwich and began to choke.
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The Renwick is suddenly Instagram famous. But what about the art?

The exhibition is about amazement, marvel and awe. But as droves of Renwick Gallery visitors gape at the large-scale installation art in “Wonder,” the newly reopened museum’s inaugural show, curator-in-charge Nicholas Bell is more amazed by something else: their phones. Thanks to a few well-placed signs announcing “Photography Encouraged,” smartphones are omnipresent when you walk into the Renwick.
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Is posting support for Paris on Facebook narcissistic, or heartfelt?

We were in Paris, more than a mile from the attacks, enjoying a quiet Friday night dinner at an Alsatian restaurant, just as people on vacation do. Our first indication that something bad had happened wasn’t the sound of gunfire or explosions, but the buzz of a text from a family member back home: “Are you ok?”.
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Inside the Puppy Bowl, the visionary force behind online cute

NEW YORK - When reporters from the New Yorker, "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams," "Good Morning America," the Associated Press and, yes, The Washington Post have all convened upon one event, it must be important. An appearance by the president. A press conference about dignified matters, with plenty of throat-clearing and questions taken at the end.
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Fashion Week: If you weren't photographed, were you really there?

If you go to Fashion Week and no one takes your picture, were you ever really there? This is the existential question that hovers over the periphery of Fashion Week, where there are no front-row seats, backstage passes or gift bags of expensive designer goodies.
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The five best Super Bowl commercials, from Tide to Tide

This year’s Super Bowl commercials largely took a break from politics and offered up silly humor instead. Celebrity cameos ranging from rapper Cardi B to actor Chris Hemsworth brought out the best in the spots. We saw a few of them coming — Amazon and Doritos, for instance, released their ads online earlier — but others, such as David Harbour’s many Tide ads, took us by surprise.
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Why ‘Mean Girls’ fandom runs so deep

Are you a late 20- to early-30-something excited to see “Mean Girls: The Musical?”. (Is butter a carb? The answer to both questions: Yes.) Get in, loser, we’re going to the theater. The show’s tryout run at the National Theatre began previews Tuesday, and it has its formal opening night Nov. 19 .
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South Korea paid big money to commission its Michelin Guide. Does that mean U.S. cities could do the same?

People in Washington may balk at the pamphlet-thin weight of our recently released Michelin Guide, which includes only 108 restaurants. But in Seoul, some unhappy customers are saying they haven’t gotten their money’s worth — and that’s not just people who have bought the book. Korean media are reporting that one politician has been speaking out against Seoul’s 2016 edition of the little red book, which has been described as being full of errors.
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Komi, Métier join the Michelin star ranks, but no D.C. restaurants earn a coveted third star

Be patient, Washington. We’ve only had the Michelin Guide — perhaps the world’s most famous road map to great restaurants — for one full year now. So, while the news that this year’s announcement did not elevate any of our restaurants to the top designation of three stars may seem disappointing, know this: We’ve got time.
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Forget the handmade wreaths. Now Martha Stewart hangs with Snoop Dogg and makes weed jokes.

Here are some of the things Martha Stewart has done on her new show with Snoop Dogg: She has worn a blinged-out cheese grater on a chain around her neck. She has drunk out of what can only be described as a pimp cup. She has taste-tested a stoner recipe for a pizza omelet. She has name-dropped Escoffier.
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Maura Judkis

Maura Judkis is a reporter for the Washington Post, covering culture, food and the arts. Her work has been honored by the Association of Food Journalists and the Virginia Press Association. Maura has appeared on local and international TV and radio, including MSNBC, CNN, PBS, and Al Jazeera. She is a 2007 graduate of the George Washington University, and a 2011 arts journalism fellow with the National Endowment for the Arts and the University of Southern California. She has also written for U.S. News & World Report, TBD.com, ARTnews, the Washington City Paper, and the Onion A.V. Club.