Vidya Rao is a Los Angeles-based food writer who loves cooking, eating, and sharing how to bring out the best flavor from vegetables. She has over a decade of food writing experience.
Vidya currently writes for a variety of food publications. She was previously the editorial lead for Uber Eats, where she developed a series about immigrant chefs that received over 40 million video views. Prior to that, she was the senior food editor at The TODAY Show, where she interviewed chefs, developed the TODAY Food brand, and produced food videos, leading her to attend culinary school. After culinary school, she spent a year working in New York City restaurants.
Vidya has degrees from Columbia Journalism School, Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, along with Wine & Spirit Education Trust certification.
About The Spruce
The Spruce, a Dotdash brand, is a new kind of home website offering practical, real-life tips and inspiration to help you create your best home. The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts collectively reach 30 million people each month.
Dotdash is among the largest and fastest growing publishers online, and has won over 50 awards in the last year alone, including Digiday's 2020 Publisher of the Year. Dotdash brands include Verywell, Investopedia, The Balance, The Spruce, Simply Recipes, Serious Eats, Byrdie, Brides, MyDomaine, Lifewire, TripSavvy, Liquor.com, and TreeHugger.