Soleil Ho

Location: San Francisco

Soleil Ho specializes in food, travel, culture, and gender. The Vietnamese-American journalist and podcaster is an opinion columnist and culture critic at the San Francisco Chronicle, where she served as the restaurant critic until February 2023, winning the James Beard Foundation’s Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award in 2022 for her work. Her writing has been anthologized in Women in Food and The Best American Food Writing, as well as published in the Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, Epicurious, Eater, GQ, Thrillist, and others.


Soleil Ho grew up in New York around food and spent the early part of her career as a chef working in restaurants from New Orleans, Minneapolis, and Portland, Oregon to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Her culinary background and interest in the ways that food intersects with culture, gender, and politics have led Ho to produce thought-provoking content as a writer and podcaster. She co-founded the critically acclaimed podcast “Racist Sandwich” and won a Society for Features Journalism Excellence-in-Features award in 2022 for her Chronicle “Extra Spicy” podcast. Her latest project is The Memory of Taste, a cookbook co-authored with Oakland chef Tu David Phu due out in 2023.


Soleil Ho holds a bachelor of arts in history from Grinnell College.

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