Food Writers and Editors

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, and radio and television broadcasts. They may also work as freelancers. There are approximately 43,590 writers and 98,790 editors employed in the United States.

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

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