Vidya Rao

Vidya Rao
Vidya Rao

Vidya Rao is a freelance writer and multimedia content creator who specializes in food and health journalism. She’s passionate about amplifying underrepresented voices in the culinary world.


Vidya has been writing for Dotdash since 2019. She also contributes to Toast, EatingWell, TODAY, and more. She was previously the Global Editorial Lead for Uber Eats, where she created a powerful video series about immigrant chefs on the platform. Prior to that, she was the Senior Food Editor for TODAY, where she built TODAY Food into a robust digital destination. She started her career as a general news and lifestyle reporter, and has interviewed legends like Maya Angelou and covered the 2014 Olympics from Sochi, Russia.


A mix of Minnesota nice, Boston strong, New York City grit, San Francisco tech and Los Angeles chill contributed to Vidya’s real-life education. She attended culinary school at Natural Gourmet Institute in New York, where she studied plant-based and health-supportive cooking techniques. She has a master's degree from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Minnesota.

About TripSavvy and Dotdash

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