Allecia Vermillion is only the third editor in chief in Seattle Met’s history. She previously spent eight years overseeing all things food and drink for the magazine, from cover packages to restaurant reviews, and narrative long-form features to breaking blog news. These days, Allecia continues to write restaurant reviews alongside her EIC duties.
In 2015 she received the magazine’s first-ever James Beard Award nomination for the origin story of Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte (“OMFG It’s the PSL”); the feature was also included in the book Best Food Writing 2015. She was a James Beard finalist again, in 2016, for her profile about the rise and fall of a promising chef (“The Brief, Extraordinary Life of Cody Spafford”).
Allecia grew up in Portland, Oregon, but began her journalism life as a newspaper reporter in the Chicago suburbs, later launching Eater Seattle as the founding editor before landing at Seattle Met in 2011. She has an English degree from Washington University (no, the one in St. Louis) and a masters in journalism from Northwestern University. She lives in Seattle with her husband and two young kids.