Carolyn Jung

Journalist, Editor, Blogger, Book Author and Media Consultant

Carolyn Jung is a James Beard Award-winning food writer with years of experience in traditional and digital media. Her first cookbook, "San Francisco Chef's Table'' (Lyons Press) debuted in December 2013. She was a staff writer at some of the top newspapers in the country, including the San Jose Mercury News. Her work has been published locally, nationally and internationally in such publications as the San Francisco Chronicle, Modern Luxury Silicon Valley magazine, Food Arts magazine, Wine Spectator magazine, EatingWell, Via magazine, Edible Marin-Wine Country, Edible Silicon Valley, Every Day with Rachael Ray and Sweden's Scanorama magazine. She is also the creator of the award-winning blog, FoodGal.com. She has judged a bevy of cooking contests, including the biggie of them all, the Pillsbury Bake-Off. She has hosted cooking demos at Macy's Union Square San Francisco and been a moderator for the Ahwahnee Hotel's "Chefs' Holidays'' event. Additionally, she is a social media manager for local food companies.

Portfolio

A Global Effort
Silicon Valley's elite can easily jet to the poshest spots around. Yet, increasingly, when it comes to vacation destinations, some local movers and shakers are opting instead...
Worth the Wait
Beyond the dramatic backlit bar, tufted banquettes, and custom cheese and tart carts, there is a seemingly inexplicable memento tucked away on a back shelf at what is arguably...
With Fire in Their Bellies
BAY AREA CHEFS AND FOOD COMMUNITY NOURISH THOSE IN NEED DURING THE 2017 WINE COUNTRY FIRES Whenever the wind starts to howl now, Kelly Smith reflexively tenses. It's enough to...
To build or not to build? That's the question locals are debating in St. Helena
Guneet Bajwa, managing principal for Presidio Companies, knows what it's like to jump through the bureaucratic hoops involved in building hotels in California and the west. But...
Spice Genius
Bold flavors and nuanced spice combinations are hallmarks of Ethiopian cuisine. Here, Chef Fetlework Tefferi shares some of her favorites from this intoxicatingly aromatic cuisine.
A Chef Finds his Place
CHRIS COSENTINO COMES TO NAPA Chris Cosentino is in a good place now. Not just geographically, even if his surroundings at the moment are quite enviable. Fresh off a 25-mile...
Art & Soul
Th e Valley’s art scene is fl ourishing, thanks to passionate supporters like those featured on the following pages—including a major collector and a consultant to newly minted...
Aplat totes on a mission
She is known as "the bag lady.'' But to Shujan Bertrand, there is no higher compliment. Since founding Aplat in 2014, her line of novel, hand-made-in-San Francisco totes have...
In San Jose, Viva L'Italia
The historic, barrel-tiled building on West St. John Street is a cornerstone of San Jose's Little Italy. When built in 1925, though, the original Italian business there took...
Movers, Shakers and Makers
In recent years, the startup and tech boom has had a mouthwatering repercussion in the Valley: a thriving culinary scene marked by a fresh crop of chefs, buzzy restaurant...
Robot Revolution
Gordon can make a foamy cafe latte in less than a minute. Little Toro can take a ball of dough and flatten it into a perfect round of pizza crust in 5 seconds.
Tech industry backers lure top chefs to Silicon Valley
The tech industry's appetite for good food and its wealth of discretionary income has been a major driving force in the past few years in invigorating the restaurant scene in...
Santa Cruz dining scene shakes off its college town image
When Andrea Nguyen, noted Asian culinary expert and cookbook author, left Los Angeles for Santa Cruz County 19 years ago, she was surprised to encounter a rather dispirited food...
A Native Son Returns
Throughout his career, Charlie Parker has been a chef at impressive restaurants far and wide, including Manresa in Los Gatos, The Village Pub in Woodside, Ubuntu in Napa, Freddy...
The Empowering Entrepreneur
Carolyn Jung | Photo: Cody Pickens | March 2, 2017 As the QVC cameras roll, a young woman, dressed in a festive frock, with glowing complexion and lustrous ebony locks, uncaps a...
The app that pairs restaurants with on-demand workers
The app that pairs restaurants with on-demand workers Because it's booked solid every day, San Francisco's Michelin two-starred Lazy Bear restaurant can't afford to lose any of...
Cooking's Next Big Thing
Inside a secluded test kitchen on a sprawling estate on the outskirts of Napa, innovation of a most tantalizing type is brewing.
Singlethread
Chef Kyle Connaughton's singular focus leads to a singular sensation Chef Kyle Connaughton has treaded a most purposeful path in life. It started at age 9 with a bite of raw...
How sleepy Healdsburg became a dining destination
Chef Dustin Valette is a third-generation Healdsburg native whose downtown restaurant Valette is proudly housed in his great-grandfather's former bake shop. A quarter century...
Tastemakers: Hokuao Pellegrino of Nohoana Farm
How one native Hawaiian brought back his family's abaondoned farm with an ancient tradition.
Star Quality
Chefs Jessica Carreira and David Costa had but a modest dream: to elevate for a new generation a most soulful yet unheralded cuisine, one based upon their Portuguese...
Roy Fong and the quest for a California tea farm
The founder of Imperial Tea Court, the venerated Chinese teahouse in San Francisco's Ferry Building and Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto, Fong is on a remarkable journey to create what...
Not waiting in the wings
Chef Douglas Keane Makes His Mark in Napa While Plotting Cyrus 2.0 When Chef Douglas Keane first stepped inside the renovated Freemark Abbey Winery-with its rough-and-tumble...
How Roy Shvartzapel is revolutionizing panettone
Brazenly buttery, studded with dried fruit and blessed with an ethereal texture, the Italian Christmas bread has produced a precipice of untold awe, anxiety and failure in many...
Spread the Love
He is an angel investor and serial internet entrepreneur who founded such successful startups as Hotbar, the first company to commercialize a browser toolbar. Yet Oren Dobronsky...
Sweet Spot
Carolyn Jung | Photo: Darlene Phan | November 14, 2016 If he bakes it, they will come. Such has been the response to the pop-up bake sales that pastry chef John Shelsta began...
How the Flavors of Vietnam Found Their Way Across the U.S.
Phat Vu's journey to opening his first restaurant required navigating turbulent waters-in more ways than one.
 
 At age two, Vu, his eight siblings, his parents and...
Proof Positive
Ulli Bisono grew up in an Austrian Alps village with the centuries-old tradition of homemade brandies distilled from local fruit. In fact, no Christmas was complete without the...
Farm Fresh
When longtime Peninsula restaurateur and caterer Maurice Carrubba first heard about an old restaurant for sale atop Santa Clara County's Mount Hamilton, reachable only by a...
This Ain't His First Rodeo
Acclaimed Chef Ron Siegel Dazzles at Rancho Nicasio's Western Room Through soaring redwoods, past undulating hills and beyond stables of plaid-blanketed horses, no less, sits a...

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