Troy Johnson

Troy Johnson is an award-winning writer, humorist, restaurant critic and TV host. He regularly speaks/emcees at public and corporate events about food and media.
Family is important to Troy. After this Xmas card photo, Troy is only kind of important to family.
KAABOO Rock'n Chef Competition, September 19, 2015 #ChefsRollKAABOO: Chef’s Roll has selected six chefs to participate in the inaugural KAABOO Rock’n Chef Competition. The chefs will compete in a “winner-takes-all” competition on September 19th, 2015 at the KAABOO music festival at the Del Mar Racetrack.
Food Network. New York, NY
San Diego Magazine. San Diego, CA
Food Critic
TV hosting/on-air talent
Food journalism/humor essays
Competition judging
TedX-Style Speeches on Food
Corporate/Event Speaking ("10 Things I've Learned as a Food Critic")
Despite wagers to the contrary, Troy was able to put his poetry and speech communications degree to good use. Metaphors are what make him so compelling as a TV host, writer and public speaker. He changes the way we think about common things. In his Food Network show "Crave," he describes eating rich, decadent food "like eating Morgan Freeman's voice." Bacon is "the duct tape of the food world, fixes everything." He's a bit strange.

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Troy Johnson
Troy Johnson
San Diego, CA
United States

Food Network/San Diego Magazine
Food Critic and TV Host

Troy is an award-winning food writer, restaurant critic, public speaker and TV host who’s currently seen next to Guy Fieri on the primetime Food Network series, Guy’s Grocery Games. Troy parlayed a poetry degree into a 10-year gig as a successful rock journalist (Billboard, Spin, etc.). He wrote and hosted an Emmy-winning, TV show about indie rock, including live performances from TV on the Radio to the Buzzcocks to Jason Mraz (plus Maroon 5's TV debut). Then he saw Jesus in a short rib in 2007 and dedicated himself to writing about food. By 2010 his funny, irreverent food writing won the highest journalism awards in SD and Orange County, and Food Network tapped him to write and host the travel series, Crave. Troy also wrote and hosted Food Network’s one-hour special Best Thing on Sliced Bread, and has appeared as a food critic on Iron Chef America, Extreme Chef and Best Thing I Ever Ate. Currently, he is the restaurant critic for San Diego Magazine, a semi-regular food expert on KPBS radio, and a public speaker/emcee for 1,000-guests-plus events around San Diego (including TedX).