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At The Infatuation, we’re on a mission to create the most trustworthy and useful restaurant recommendation platform. While we have full-time writers across more than a dozen cities in the US and London, we’re also accepting pitches from freelance writers to expand our coverage throughout the US and around the world.
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR
Most of our dining guides are roundups of the absolute-best restaurants or bars in a specific city. But we’re also looking for smaller guides that highlight a particular cuisine or type of establishment that’s important to that city, or a popular neighborhood (for example, The Best Pintxos In San Sebastian or The Best Restaurants In RiNo).
We’re most interested in pitches for major domestic cities, or popular domestic and international travel destinations. Right now, we’re particularly interested in: Boston, New Orleans, Nashville, Dallas, Las Vegas, Sante Fe, Aspen, Orlando, Paris, Mexico City, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, and Toronto.
We only write about restaurants we’ve eaten at, always dine anonymously, and never accept free meals. If your pitch is green-lit, we’ll discuss an appropriate dining budget.
WHAT WE’RE NOT LOOKING FOR
Guides for cities that The Infatuation already covers full-time: Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, DC, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Seattle. If you’re interested in full-time opportunities in one of these places, check out our career page here for all open roles.
We also aren’t looking for guides pegged to PR emails or a short-lived food trend.
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR IN WRITERS
You’ll research restaurants in accordance with our ethics policies, which include dining anonymously and not accepting compensated meals or media invites.
You currently live in the destination you want to write about and know its culture, geography, and dining scene inside and out.
You have an informed and inclusive perspective on the best places to eat or drink in your city, from the classic establishments to the exciting new openings.
You’re familiar with the Infatuation voice and brand. You read our reviews and guides and understand our conversational, talk-to-me-like-a-friend style of writing.
You’re a clear, authoritative, and entertaining writer. Going out to eat is fun, and we want to see that reflected in your copy.
You’re interested in freelance assignments (this is not a full time opportunity).
SOME OTHER THINGS TO KNOW
Our “Best” guides typically include 10-15 places, while smaller cuisine- or neighborhood-focused guides are usually between 5-10.
You’ll submit a list of proposed places and short explanations of why you’re suggesting each one. We’ll provide feedback and workshop the list together before you submit a first draft.
If your list includes any places you haven’t been to yet, you must eat there by the time you file your first draft. Before a pitch is green-lit, we'll discuss an appropriate dining budget.
All of our assignments are paid. We base final rates on the length of a guide, amount of additional research required, and experience.
Our guides usually go through 2-3 rounds of edits. When possible, we love to hop on the phone to talk through notes.
HOW TO PITCH US
Send us an email at email@example.com. Your subject line should be: “PITCH:” and then the proposed headline (example: “PITCH: The Best Restaurants In Pittsburgh”). Please include the following in your email:
One or two sentences about you and your expertise.
The guide you’re hoping to write, and a short paragraph explaining what makes your city an exciting place to eat in right now.
A list of 3 restaurants you’d want to include and a sentence about each. The sentence should work as a mini-thesis statement on why this is one of the best restaurants in your city. Please be as specific and nuanced as possible—if you’re suggesting a steakhouse, we can assume the steaks are great. Instead, tell us something about the experience of dining here.
Some recent food- or travel-related clips. We don’t care too much where you’ve been published, but would love to see something showing off your voice.
Please note: We unfortunately won’t be able to respond to everyone. If your pitch is the right fit, we'll be in touch.