Restaurant Critic

Southern California News Group

Anaheim, California

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Date Posted November 28, 2022
Industry Digital Media
Specialty Arts/Lifestyle
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Status Full-time
Salary $75,000 to $80,000



In a place with more than 8,000 restaurants, one of the most vexing questions people have is where they should eat. The Orange County Register is seeking a world-class restaurant critic to help readers answer that question.


We are looking for someone with the background and expertise to critique the full spectrum of culinary offerings in Orange County, from Michelin-starred fine dining establishments to neighborhood taquerias and burger joints. Besides reviewing individual restaurants, the critic will do periodic roundups of the best places to get particular fare, such as the top pizzerias or steakhouses.


The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated track record of restaurant criticism. Please provide links to at least 10 restaurant reviews reflecting a variety of types of restaurants and different approaches to restaurant criticism, such as longer narrative reviews and round-ups featuring capsule reviews of similar eateries.


What you will do:

  • Ability to identify restaurants that merit reviews and produce reviews in a timely manner.

  • Ability to take photos is a plus.

  • Regularly produce 2 to 3 reviews per week, plus periodic roundups (lists such as best pizzerias or steakhouses), trend pieces and end-of-year assessments (such as best new restaurants and chefs).

  • The position will involve producing an annual guide to the best restaurants in Orange County.


What you will bring:

  • Strong writing skills with a voice that is authoritative while also being approachable and fun.

  • Out-of-town travel is unlikely, but there will be a need to drive to restaurants around Orange County.

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required

  • At least two years of staff or freelance experience as a restaurant critic.

  • Remote work environment must reside in Southern California.