As staff writer for the East Bay Express, Kauffman won a 2006 James Beard Award for newspaper reporting on nutrition or consumer issues. The Association of Food Journalists awarded Kauffman First Place in newspaper restaurant criticism in 2006, and again this year. Kauffman also won a 2009 IACP Bert Greene Award in the Internet category for a Seattle Weekly blog post about one of the nation's first pig slaughter and cooking classes.
"I'm thrilled to be coming back to San Francisco," Kauffman told SFoodie. "Do you know how much I've missed good Cantonese seafood?"
Kauffman began his career in the kitchen, including a two-year stint at now-defunct Socca (currently home to Aziza). He was staff critic at the Express from 2001 to 2006. In Seattle, Kauffman founded Voracious, the first food blog in the Village Voice Media chain.
Expect to see Kauffman's SF Weekly byline in early January.