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This Columbus Social Media Influencer Was Nominated For A James Beard Media Award

TikTokker Alexis Nikole Nelson has made a huge impact on the way a lot of people see food.

Known for her informative videos, the Columbus-based is known as BlackForager on TikTok and Instagram. Over the years, she’s built a following of over 3.5 million users on TikTok and 1 million Instagram followers.

On her social media, Nelson shows people not only how to find delicious food in the world around us, but how to turn it into a delicious meal.

Now, her efforts have earned her an incredible nomination. The James Beard Foundation announced that Nelson has been nominated for a James Beard Media Award.

“We are thrilled to recognize the 2022 Media Award Nominees in their own right and celebrate each of their outstanding accomplishments and talents in their respective fields,” said Clare Reichenbach, Chief Executive Officer of the James Beard Foundation in a press release. “Each Nominee has set a standard of excellence, innovation, and creativity in their work, and the James Beard Foundation looks forward to recognizing the award winners at the Media Awards ceremony in June.”

Nominated in the Social Media Account category, Nelson will be up against KJ Kearney of BlackFoodFridays and Aleya Zenieris of Buzzfeed Tasty.

“I am thrilled to see the list of talented nominees this year for the Media Awards,” said Tanya Holland, Chef, Trustee, and Awards Committee Chair. “Their work has contributed to telling the diverse stories of people, cultures and traditions behind food in America and are examples of excellence in food media.”

This isn’t the first time that Nelson has received well-deserved national attention. She has been featured in NPR, The New York Times, and The Washington Post for her foraging work.

Congratulations on your nomination, Alexis! Columbus is so proud of you.