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