Chaney Kwak San Francisco-based Chaney Kwak is a freelance food and travel writer, who has written for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Condé Nast Traveler, Afar, Travel & Leisure, and others. He authored the critically acclaimed book The Passenger: How a Travel Writer Learned to Love Cruises & Other Lies From a Sinking Ship (2021). Experience Chaney lived in Berlin for six years, where he discovered a passion for seeking out unexplored attractions and sneaking into "forbidden" places like decommissioned Soviet military bases and a former Iraqi Embassy. His first foray into professional travel writing was a piece on an abandoned East German amusement park for The New York Times. He spent the next decade traveling, covering such subjects as a cranberry bog in Washington state, a pepper farm in Cambodia, a bakery in San Francisco, and nightlife in Rio for The National, Saveur, Bon Appetit, and others. In 2019, while on assignment to do what he thought would be a "fluff piece" about the Northern lights, Chaney had a life-altering experience aboard a Viking Sky cruise ship that suffered catastrophic engine failure during a violent storm. A year after surviving 27 harrowing hours on a battered vessel drifting straight towards the rocky Norwegian coast, he set about writing an essay about the ill-fated journey which ultimately became his debut book. Chaney is currently engaged in less perilous pursuits like teaching non-fiction writing at Stanford University. Education Chaney has a master of fine arts in creative writing from Lesley University. About Food & Wine Food & Wine, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is an award-winning online resource for anyone passionate about the culinary world. With rigorously tested recipes and the most trusted restaurant, drinks, culinary travel and home coverage, we inspire and empower people everywhere to discover, create, and devour the best in food and wine. Learn more about us and our editorial process.