The Village Voice’s Tejal Rao Named One of Forbes’ Food & Drink 30 Under 30


Take heed, world! We’re thrilled to report that our own Tejal Rao has been named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30, the magazine’s annual list that picks 30 rising faces in 15 “entrepreneurial, creative, and intellectual” categories. Rao is noted in the Food & Drink section, and is the only restaurant critic selected.

Forbes cited Rao’s “stylish, weekly reviews” as one of the reasons for her success, but also pointed to her dynamite blog coverage during Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath. They write:

Food criticism isn’t dead: The anonymous critic’s stylish, weekly reviews reach over a million readers each month. Between meals, she and her team have reported extensively on the recovery of New York’s restaurant industry post-Hurricane Sandy.

To get a taste of what they’re praising, read Rao’s most recent review of L’Apicio, your “East Village Prom Night.” The critic also recently chose the 18 Best Food Books of 2012.

On the Hurricane Sandy front, Rao wrote of Kennedy Fried Chicken enduring the storm in Red Hook, how the NYC restaurant industry pushed through Sandy “no matter what,” and led the charge in rounding up all the places to volunteer post-Sandy.

In addition to her Village Voice and Fork in the Road writing, you can follow her on Twitter @tejalrao, and check out her personal website, which is full of writing and photography.