Jake Emen

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San Diego, California


  • Drexel University

  • Jake Emen is a freelance travel, food, and drinks journalist with more than a decade of experience. He also serves as a judge for a number of international spirits and cocktail competitions, and as a voter for a range of annual food and beverage awards and best-of lists.
  • He's the founder of ManTalkFood.com, the online home for his miscellaneous freelance writing and clips.
  • Emen has contributed to Dotdash property Liquor.com since 2016.


Emen's work has been published in outlets including AFAR, Barron's, Bourbon+, Condé Nast Traveler, Departures, Distiller, Eater, Food & Wine, GQ, Imbibe, Inside Hook, Liquor.com, Maxim, Men's Health, Roads & Kingdoms, USA Today, Vinepair, the Washington Post, Whisky Advocate, Wine Enthusiast, and a wide range of additional print and digital publications.

He's visited over 100 distilleries across 26 countries and six continents.

He once won a Delta Milestone award for spending entirely too much of his time flying around the world.


Emen graduated summa cum laude from Drexel University with a bachelor’s degree in business.

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