Phaedra Cook, the lead food critic for the Houston Press since September 2014 and an award-winning journalist, is leaving behind her freelance status to accept the full-time staff position of Food Editor for our publication.
In her new position, Cook will be in charge of our online food coverage and will be responsible for planning, assigning, editing and engaging food freelancers. She will also continue to write online stories for us as well as cover features for our print edition.
"We are really pleased to have Phaedra Cook join us full time," said Editor-in-Chief Margaret Downing. "Her knowledge of Houston's food scene, her writing and reporting skills and her intense interest in helping readers find the best of the best that this city has to offer are all impressive and important to our coverage. This year alone, she has been named a finalist in two journalism writing competitions.
"In addition, she has gained valuable skills in investigative food coverage, especially as it pertains to the business of restaurants," said Downing. "At the same time, she is held in high regard by many people in the restaurant industry for being fair and balanced in her approach to food reporting."
Cook will begin her new job duties on May 31. The Press will be expanding its pool of restaurant reviewers as Cook transitions to her new role and will no longer be doing our weekly cafe review. Anyone interested in becoming a reviewer for the Press should email Downing at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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