Renowned Speakers

on the Saroyan Stage

Ruth Reichl

Food Writer, Restaurant Critic, Editor of Gourmet Magazine

A Nation of Foodies

February 9, 2022 | 10:30am | William Saroyan Theatre

Ruth Reichl’s 50 year career in food puts her at the forefront of America’s culinary revolution. From Twinkies to truffles, Reichl has played a lead role in the evolution of the American food scene. At the vanguard of the California Cuisine movement, Reichl launched her culinary career in Berkeley, California as a chef at the collectively owned Swallow Restaurant. Her food journey led to award winning work as a beloved restaurant critic and food editor at the ​Los Angeles Times​ and the first female restaurant critic at the ​New York Times.​ More recently, Reichl has been a judge on ​Top Chef Masters​, host of ​Eating Out Loud Food Network specials, and creator of the PBS show Gourmet’s Adventures with Ruth.​ A six time James Beard Award recipient and bestselling author, Reichl wrote ​Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir​ chronicling her trailblazing work as editor in chief of ​Gourmet​. Reichl has lived and worked at the forefront of a changing food culture including the advent of the farm to table movement. An American Zelig of food, Ruth Reichl weaves a delectable tale of America’s food journey and shares life lessons from the kitchen. . . all infused with her love of food.