Morgan Murphy (food critic)

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Morgan Murphy
Morgan Murphy by Jennifer Davick and Oxmoor House.jpg
Southern author and food critic, Morgan Murphy
Born Mountain Brook, Alabama
Culinary career
Cooking style Southern

Morgan Murphy is a Southern food critic, humorist, author, and journalist.


Murphy began his career at Vanity Fair meeting Graydon Carter in an elevator at Condé Nast—a story repeated by Toby Young in How to Lose Friends & Alienate People.[1] As a reporter for Forbes under Jim Michaels, Murphy was the first journalist to estimate the net worth of Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling, at the time believed to be $42 million.[2] In 2000, Murphy joined Southern Living and served as the magazine's food critic, travel editor, and national spokesman.[3]

Murphy's first book, I Love You--Now Hush, co-authored with author Melinda Rainey Thompson and released in 2010,[4] was named the gold humor book of the year by the American Library Association.[5] Murphy's cookbook Off the Eaten Path[6] is a collection of his favorite restaurants[7] and their most famous recipes[8] from the American South.[9] A sequel Off the Eaten Path: Second Helpings followed in 2013,[10] and in 2014 he published Bourbon & Bacon: The Ultimate Guide to the South's Favorite Food Groups, featuring recipes using bourbon, bacon, or a combination of the two.[11] Murphy also presents a history of bourbon as well as tasting notes for 75 of his favorite whiskies.[12]

The food critic has appeared on the Travel Channel's "American Grilled,"[13] TODAY Show,[14] Fox & Friends, Fox News,[15] CNN, Sirius/XM, Food Talk, Car Talk,[16] NPR,[17] and the Speed Channel.[18]

In 2007 Murphy founded, the world’s first social-network for classic car enthusiasts[19] after raising seven figures in venture capital.[20]

Military career[edit]

As a Commander in the United States Navy, Murphy has served on four continents since joining in 1999.[21] In 2010, Murphy was called to Afghanistan, where he served as the Director of Media Outreach for the International Security Assistance Force[22] and briefed General David R. Petraeus,[23] 40 general officers, and two ambassadors on a daily basis. “The Frontline Foodie” was awarded the NATO Freedom Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and Defense Meritorious Service Medal for his service in Operation Enduring Freedom. He is currently assigned to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.[24]

LCDR Morgan Murphy briefs General David Petraeus in Afghanistan


Murphy holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Oxford, is a member of Exeter College and was elected by the university as the MBA of the Year.[25] He is a 1994 graduate of Birmingham-Southern College.[citation needed]

The Duchess[edit]

In 2005, Murphy, discovered "The Duchess"[26] - a Cadillac created for Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson - in a barn in Fort Worth, Texas.[27] The car was a one-of-one creation by General Motor’s Harley Earl, under the direction of the company’s chairman and chief executive officer, Alfred P. Sloan. When Murphy purchased the car, it was in disrepair and its provenance unproven.[28] Murphy embarked on a three year restoration.[29] In November 2013, Murphy placed the car for sale with Sotheby’s at their first collector car sale in 16 years.[30] The car did not meet pre-auction estimates that it would fetch $1 million.[31]

Personal life[edit]

Murphy was born in Mountain Brook, Alabama.[32]


  1. ^ Young, Toby (2001). How to Lose Friends and Alienate People. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press. p. 129. ISBN 0-306-81188-X. 
  2. ^ "Magic Coins by Morgan Murphy". Forbes. 20 March 2000. 
  3. ^ "‘Off the Eaten Path’ author and ‘Southern Living’ food critic reveals life on the culinary road". Manchester Times. 25 Jun 2013. 
  4. ^ "I Love You Now Hush". Alabama Public Radio. 26 April 2010. 
  5. ^ “Book of the Year Awards 2010”, ForeWord.
  6. ^ "Southern food critic goes 'Off the Eaten Path". The Atlanta Journal Constitution. 23 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "South a road-tripper's feast". The Chicago Tribune. 10 Jan 2012. 
  8. ^ "Off the Trail with Morgan Murphy". ABC36 Lexington, KY. 17 Sep 2012. 
  9. ^
  10. ^ "10 Great Places to Eat Like a Local". USA Today. 4 Aug 2011. 
  11. ^ "Pig and swig: "Bourbon & Bacon: The Ultimate Guide to the South's Favorite Food Groups"". Knoxville News Sentinel. 2 Sep 2014. 
  12. ^ "A Writer Walks into a Bar". Roanoke Times. 3 Sep 2014. 
  13. ^ "Chef and New Orleans native David Guas returns home Thursday to record new Travel Channel show, 'American Grilled'". New Orleans Times Picayune. 16 Apr 2014. 
  14. ^ "Cooking with Morgan Murphy". NBC Today Show. 20 May 2011. 
  15. ^ "LCDR Morgan Murphy Returns from Afghanistan". Fox News. 18 May 2011. 
  16. ^ "Car Talk Goes Off the Eaten Path". National Public Radio. July 2011. 
  17. ^ "Food News with Morgan Murphy". National Public Radio. 13 June 2011. 
  18. ^ "Test Drive the Acura TL with Morgan Murphy". Speed Channel. Sep 2010. 
  19. ^ "Entrepreneur profile: Morgan Murphy of Motorpool LLC". The Birmingham News. 24 Sep 2010. 
  20. ^ "Facebook for Cars? Birmingham Entrepreneur Starts Website". The Birmingham Business Journal. 23 March 2009. 
  21. ^ "Larger than Life". B Metro Magazine. 21 Dec 2010. 
  22. ^ "Memorial Day Message from Morgan Murphy: Savoring the Ordinary for all Who Gave the Ultimate Sacrifice". Fox News. May 28, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Lt. Cmdr. Morgan Murphy: The Frontline Foodie". Fox News. 17 May 2011. 
  24. ^ "Veteran's Day Interview on DEFCON 3 with KT McFarland". Fox News. November 2012. 
  25. ^ "Interview with Morgan Murphy of Motorpool". The University of Oxford. May 2008. 
  26. ^ "Cadillac called The Duchess, made for Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, set to fetch £500,000 after 60 years out of the public eye". The Daily Mail. 29 Oct 2013. 
  27. ^ "Duke and Duchess of Windsor’s Cadillac heads to NYC auction; Ala. collector found it in Texas". The Washington Post. 24 Oct 2013. 
  28. ^ "Duke of Windsor's 1941 Cadillac limousine to be sold at auction". Reuters. 24 Oct 2013. 
  29. ^ "Duchess 1941 Cadillac restored by Morgan Murphy, food critic". Old Cars Weekly. 4 Nov 2013. 
  30. ^ "Duke of Windsor's 1941 Cadillac limousine to be auctioned in New York City". Robb Report. 25 Oct 2013. 
  31. ^ "Will the Duke of Windsor’s Cadillac Start a Bidding War?". The Wall Street Journal. 25 Oct 2013. 
  32. ^ "Larger than Life". B Metro Magazine. 21 Dec 2010. 

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