Assistant to Food Critic (MediaBistro)

Interviews have begun for the incredibly sought-after job of assistant to the food editor of Vogue magazine, Jeffrey Steingarten.

Jeffrey is also author of the best-selling The Man Who Ate Everything and It Must’ve Been Something I Ate, both pubished by Knopf) and was co-host of the cable TV show NY Eats.

Jeffrey’s current assistant, Elizabeth, has successfully completed her two-year term, and he is looking for someone to take her place. The ideal candidate is equally effective at library research, shopping and cooking, repairing Xerox machines, speaking foreign languages, mise-en-place, writing clearly, doing errands, eating in fabulous restaurants, and even travel. The ideal candidate is a complete omnivore, or at least eager to become one.

The ideal candidate does not, of course, exist. But Jeffrey is looking for someone who comes close and is at the beginning of her or his professional career. Jeffrey’s assistant is paid by the hour as a Vogue freelancer, receiving, as he once did, no benefits whatsoever, but some expenses.