Learn about the types of people who become food critics. This page goes into detail about the employment, gender, and ethnic ratios of the workplace.


Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2024

This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming a food critic. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.

More men than women are interested in becoming food critics at a ratio of 0.99 to 1.


Actual Gender Mix, 2024

61% of food critics are female and 39% are male.


Gender Bias, 2024

This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being a food critic and the actual gender mix of people in the career.

If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming a food critic and those who end up becoming one.

In this case there are more men interested in becoming a food critic than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.


Ethnic Mix, 2019

The largest ethnic group of food critics are White, making up 59% of the population. The next highest segments are East Asian and Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish, making up 15% and 9% respectively.