Tejal Rao

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

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]

Early life and education[edit]

Rao was born in London, but spent time in Kuwait, Sudan, and France during her youth before settling in Atlanta, 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]

Career[edit]

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]

Rao has also contributed to a range of other publications, such as The Atlantic, Edible, and Gourmet, among others.[3]

Awards and accolades[edit]

  • 2012 – Forbes 30 under 30, Food & Wine[9]
  • 2013 – James Beard Foundation Awards, Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award for "Bangkok Pop, No Fetishes,; 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]

References[edit]

  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. ^ "Forbes 30 Under 30 - Food & Wine". www.forbes.com. Retrieved April 6, 2021.

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