Soleil Ho will join the San Francisco Chronicle as its upcoming restaurant critic in January, reports the Chronicle. She will succeed Michael Bauer, The Chronicle’s distinguished critic of 30 years, after his retirement this year.
At 31, Ho, who is Vietnamese American, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in and outside of the kitchen. Ho is a trained chef, food journalist, and creator of numerous inclusive creative projects—including the co-host of Racist Sandwich, award-nominated podcast voicing off-the-cuff perspectives on social politics of food.
Because much of Ho’s food reporting and restaurant commentary explores at intersections of race, gender, and identity, her experience could forge a path to developing unconventional approaches to defining and reporting on the culinary remarkableness around the Bay Area.