Saba Rahimian-Helmly switched her career from working at and owning restaurants to journalism in 2018. She came to Moody to learn how to write about food systems and restaurant culture. While in the bachelor's program, her interests expanded to include how food systems intermingle with climate change. She also became curious about how culture, traditions and trends impact the evolution of the foods we eat. After graduating in 2020, Saba moved back to her hometown of Sacramento, CA. She helped her partner, a long-time chef, open his first restaurant, and she freelanced in her spare time. In May 2022, Eater published her first essay on restaurant culture in the pandemic. Now, Saba returns to Austin to work as the editor at Texas Connect Magazine and earn her MA from the professional-track program.
Her goals are to build her career as a freelancer, become a food & culture staff writer for a magazine, and write books.