Skip to Main Content

Home Explore Careers

Food Writers and Editors

Overview

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. 

Salary Range

$25,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree

Certification/License

None

Outlook

Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Personality Traits

Creative

Curious

Organized

Career Ladder
Editorial Director

Managing Editor

Editor

Writer

Editorial Assistant or Proofreader

Related Professions