Vidya Rao

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 Vidya Rao
Title: Food Writer

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.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, a leading Internet measurement company, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population every month. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone and, most recently, Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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