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Russ Parsons Steps Down as LA Times Food Editor

Amy Scattergood takes over as day to day editor.

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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Well it looks like a few more food media pieces are starting to fall into place. After Amy Scattergood’s surprise departure from the Weekly last year, it was becoming a crowded field of talent over at the LA Times, where Jonathan Gold (and his scouts), Scattergood and Russ Parsons were all pumping out L.A. food news, albeit with slightly different beats.

Now comes big news: Parsons, the longtime overall Food Editor, is stepping aside to focus solely on columns, while Scattergood jumps up the ladder to become the new food editor. In a personal Facebook post, Parsons thanks everyone who helped him along the way and Scattergood specifically for taking the reins, while making certain that he isn’t going anyway, just transitioning.

It’s a move that makes sense, really, given Parsons’ penchant for discussing overall food trends, offering seasonal produce recommendations, and dishing on recipes by way of in-house test kitchen director Noelle Carter.