Luke Tsai leaving East Bay Express to be food editor at SFMagazine

Cross-posted at ‘Food Media and News’

After 5 years at the East Bay Express, Luke Tsai will become the food editor at SF Magazine at the end of March. I don’t know him but emailed him a few times and he was very responsive and enthusiastic. He has covered places that otherwise would not have received recognition and, in my opinion, the quality of his work is better than the more well-known critics on the same type beat who cover LA, NY and other cities.

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And the Express is “… looking to hire a weekly food critic and regular contributor who can deliver more than just a conversation about what’s on a plate.”

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Does that mean he gets to write about eateries all over the Bay Area?

What about Rebecca Flint Marx then?

Hi sck,

I’ll try to dig up the twitter links but I think that Luke said that he would write about stuff in the SF Bay Area including East Bay. Rebecca Flint Marx is leaving SF Mag… Also Kate Williams is leaving Berkeleyside and going to Atlanta.


Ah thanks. What’s with everyone leaving at the same time?

Michael Bauer, however, must be breathing a sigh of relief.

There’s a certain Peter Principle at work with food reporters. It’s not that they are promoted above their level of competence; just that they move on up to positions that may burnish their resumes, but leave their most avid fans behind. Don’t you wish Jonathan Gold or Jonathan Kauffman were still on their respective “beats”?

Fish don’t fry in the kitchen;
Beans don’t burn on the grill.
Took a whole lotta tryin’
Just to get up that hill

Don’t Call It a Goodbye
After five years reviewing restaurants for the Express, I’m hanging up my critic’s hat — at least for now.
By Luke Tsai

Luke Tsai’s last Taste issue is a celebration of food, diversity and the cultural melting pot that is the East Bay.

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“Food is a pretty good prism through which to view humanity.”

― Jonathan Gold

Market stall in Lima
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