The San Francisco Standard ( is expanding its newsroom and is on the hunt for a passionate and seasoned Food Reporter. As a full-time member of our team, you will be at the forefront of covering the dining trends, restaurant business and early adopting food culture that defines the San Francisco Bay Area.

We are seeking an individual with an insatiable appetite for great food and even better stories, a deep understanding of the restaurant industry, and an open mind for what’s delicious. All of this should be combined with an appreciation for the cultural nuances that make the Bay Area a literal melting pot of food traditions.

Strong opinions about the Mission burrito, Ben Affleck’s Dunkin’ commercial, and the keto diet are not only welcomed but required.


  • In-depth daily reporting: Uncover the best new restaurants and bars, digging into the quirks, trends and personalities that define the Bay Area food scene.
  • Feature writing: Craft stories that go beyond the surface, exploring the human side of the dining scene, including restaurants’ societal impact, chefs’ personal obsessions, and the vibe shifts shaping how we eat.
  • Represent the Standard at foodie-forward events, serving as an event moderator or a public-facing expert in the media.
  • Source building: Develop and maintain an extensive network of restaurant owners, cooks, chefs, dining influencers, and other food-world players.
  • Newsroom collaboration: Team up with editors, photographers, videographers and other talented journalists to turn your stories into captivating experiences – think videos, podcasts and interactive story formats.


  • 4+ years of reporting experience, especially covering the food beat.
  • You breathe food, with a focus on the Bay Area's restaurants, chefs and other trend-setters.
  • Exceptional writing and storytelling abilities.
  • Proven ability to build and maintain a network of sources within the foodie community.
  • Proficiency in digital content management systems, social media and an understanding of multimedia storytelling.
  • Fast-paced news startup? No problem. You thrive on the adrenaline of breaking stories.
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, or a related field.

This is an in-person role based in San Francisco, and occasional evening or weekend work may be required. We offer competitive salaries and excellent benefits.

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter and at least five work samples, including examples of impactful food culture reporting. Share insights into the challenges you encountered,, and any real-world impact or response resulting from your journalism.

The pay range for this role is $75,000 to $140,000. Actual compensation packages are based on several factors unique to each candidate. We encourage you to apply even if you don’t fit all the preferred qualifications of the job.