After just a few months as the Houston Press’ food editor, Phaedra Cook has stepped away from the gig.
Cook penned a lengthy essay on her departure at the Press today, citing unnamed “personal reasons” for leaving. Scope out this excerpt from her statement below:
“I realize this news is probably surprising and disappointing,” she wrote. “For that, I am sorry. It has been my joy and privilege to serve you. I can say unabashedly that I love being a writer and discovered that I love working with a team, even before I took the food editor position.”
Cook had served as the paper’s freelance “lead food critic” since 2014, when the Press eliminated its full-time food critic position. Her reviews will be replaced, at least for now, by freelance food writers. The Press is currently accepting applications for the position, as well as hunting for more freelance food writers.
Cook maintains that she will continue her involvement with the Houston Press, though what that will look like remains to be seen. Her last day is September 2.