Tejal Rao is a restaurant critic, recipe developer and writer based in Los Angeles.[2] In 2018, she was named the first California restaurant critic for The New York Times.[2]

Tejal Rao
Born
London, United Kingdom
EducationBA in literature, Emerson College, 2004[1]
Alma materEmerson College
OccupationRestaurant critic, recipe developer
Era21st century
Employer(s)The Village Voice, New York Times, Bloomberg
Websitewww.tejalrao.com Edit this at Wikidata

Early life and educationEdit

Rao was born in London, but spent time in Kuwait, Sudan, and France during her youth before settling in Cobb County, Georgia as a teenager.[3] Rao attended Emerson College, where she earned a BA in literature.[3] Rao's mother was born in Uganda and her father was raised in India.[citation needed]

CareerEdit

In 2012, Rao joined The Village Voice as a food critic.[4] In 2013, Rao won the James Beard Foundation’s Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award for her work for The Village Voice.[5]

In 2014, Rao joined Bloomberg as a food editor and restaurant critic.[6] In 2016, she won the James Beard Foundation’s Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award once again, this time for her work at Bloomberg.[7] In the same year, Rao joined the New York Times as a food department staff writer and monthly columnist for its magazine.[8] In 2018, she was named the New York Times' first California restaurant critic, to better serve the growing number of New York Times readers in the state.[2] In 2021, Rao was named the New York Times writer for the vegetarian recipe newsletter The Veggie.[9]

Rao has also contributed to a range of other publications, such as The Atlantic, Edible, and Gourmet, among others. Although she is not Mexican but Indian, she criticized the Great British Baking Show for showing Mexican recipes. [3]

Awards and accoladesEdit

  • 2012 – Forbes 30 under 30, Food & Wine[10]
  • 2013 – James Beard Foundation Awards, Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award for "Bangkok Pop, No F etishes,; The Sweet Taste of Success,; Enter the Comfort Zone at 606 R&D"[5]
  • 2016 – James Beard Foundation Awards, Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award for "A Health Food Restaurant So Cool It Will Have You Happily Eating Seeds"; "Revisiting Momofuku Ko, After the Revolution"; "Polo Bar Review: Ralph Lauren Corrals the Fashionable Herd"[7]
  • 2019 – Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Culinary Arts[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Astor Center - Wine and Food Experiences in New York City". www.astorcenternyc.com. Retrieved April 10, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c "Tejal Rao Named First California Restaurant Critic". The New York Times Company. August 10, 2018. Retrieved April 6, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d "Tejal Rao". Vilcek Foundation. Retrieved April 6, 2021.
  4. ^ Morabito, Greg (April 25, 2012). "Tejal Rao IN as New Village Voice Critic". Eater NY. Retrieved April 6, 2021.
  5. ^ a b "Complete List of 2013 JBF Award Winners | James Beard Foundation". www.jamesbeard.org. Retrieved April 6, 2021.
  6. ^ "Tejal Rao Named New Restaurant Critic at Bloomberg". Grub Street. Retrieved April 6, 2021.
  7. ^ a b "The 2016 Beard Award Winners! | James Beard Foundation". www.jamesbeard.org. Retrieved April 6, 2021.
  8. ^ "Esteemed Critic Tejal Rao Joins the New York Times". Grub Street. Retrieved April 6, 2021.
  9. ^ Bahr, Sarah (August 19, 2021). "A Fresh Newsletter That's Not Just for Vegetarians". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved July 28, 2022.
  10. ^ "Forbes 30 Under 30 - Food & Wine". www.forbes.com. Retrieved April 6, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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