The summer of 2020 will be memorable for many reasons. In food media, it has been a season spent dismantling racism and inequity. But the progress has only just begun. Episode 80 of “The Four Top” explores why leadership failed and why change came in this pivotal moment.
In this episode, you’ll learn about subtle practices — such as whitewashing recipe titles and pigeonholing people of color — as well as overt pay discrepancies that were the result of an ingrained white hierarchical structure. In addition, we discuss the role social media platforms have played in allowing disenfranchised food writers to speak openly about the racism they have faced within the industry and call for change in leadership. And finally, our panelists share some ways in which we can all encourage a more inclusive, comprehensive and interesting food-media landscape.
Meet our panelists: Soleil Ho is restaurant critic for The San Francisco Chronicle. Khushbu Shah is restaurant editor for Food & Wine magazine. And Tammie Teclemariam is a freelance writer for publications such as Wine Enthusiast, Eater, Taste and Epicurious.
This episode was recorded remotely in locations across the United States. Stay safe out there.