Food Writers and Editors

Celebrity Food Personalities at Event

Food writers write about food and drink. They may report on food- or cooking-related events, interview chefs or other food/cooking personalities, review recipes or restaurants, or simply write about a specific food or product. With their writing, they may persuade the general public to choose certain goods, services, and personalities.

Food editors perform a wide range of functions, but their primary responsibility is to ensure that text provided by food writers is suitable in content, format, and style for the intended audiences.

Food writers and editors work for magazines, trade journals, newspapers, books, radio and television broadcasts, and online publications. They may also work as freelancers. There are approximately 189,840 writers and editors employed in the United States. 

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Food/Restaurant Critics
Duties Write and edit articles about food-related topics
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • English
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Journalism
Experience Any prior writing and/or editing or culinary experience
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Curious
  • Organized
  • Organizational
  • Research
  • Writing
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Editorial Director
  • Managing Editor
  • Editor
  • Writer
  • Editorial Assistant or Proofreader