A little inside baseball from the food writing sphere: this morning, the Chronicle announced that Jonathan Kauffman, currently the SF editor of Tasting Table, will be joining their food and wine section. "Jonathan is not only an engaging, creative writer, but also a keen observer of our food culture," said managing editor Kitty Morgan, herself a recent Chron hire, in a statement. His work at the Chronicle will center around feature reporting and coverage of offbeat and hole-in-the-wall restaurants, and his work will appear both online and in the Sunday print section.
"I'm thrilled to join the Chronicle Food & Wine team. I've admired their work for years," Kauffman said in the paper's statement. A onetime cook who spent 12 years as a food critic for the SF Weekly, the Seattle Weekly, and the East Bay Express, he's won James Beard and IACP awards for his work. His move to the Chronicle is definitely a huge coup and a sign of life for the embattled food section, which has struggled to find its footing amidst embarrassing public reports that it was planning to shut down and/or consolidate with other lifestyle sections of the paper. Kauffman will join the paper on Monday, April 14, and his replacement at Tasting Table is still to be determined.