Every week, Check, Please! Bay Area features three guests who are local diners, not professional restaurant critics. Each guest chooses their favorite restaurant and the other two guests visit that restaurant anonymously — the restaurants are not notified that Check, Please! “reviewers” are dining there. After trying all three restaurants recommended, the guests come on the show to discuss, dispute, and celebrate their dining experiences.
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Meet Our Host
Host of Check, Please! Bay Area
Award-winning author, speaker, consultant and television host Leslie Sbrocco is known for her entertaining approach to wine and food. Voted one of the Top 100 most influential people in the American wine business, Sbrocco engages audiences both on screen and on stage with her humor and affability. As host of Check, Please! Bay Area, Sbrocco has won a coveted James Beard award, three Taste Awards and multiple Emmy awards. She is a regular guest on NBC’s Today Show and appears frequently on national television outlets. Her work has appeared in O, the Oprah magazine, Coastal Living, Woman’s Day, Health, Good Housekeeping, and Glamour, among others.
Be Our Guest
Have a go-to local eatery in the Bay Area? We’re looking for charismatic Bay Area residents to share their recommendations for the most delectable dining experiences out there, and we want to hear from you!
Check, Please! Bay Area Team
For her work in arts and current affairs programming for KQED, Check, Please! Bay Area Series Producer Lori Halloran has garnered five Regional Emmys and multiple awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the NorCal RTNDA, the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club and the Los Angeles Press Club. At KVIE in Sacramento, she produced the national adventure program Off Limits, where she flew in the Goodyear Blimp, got towed out to sea on the Navy’s FLIP ship and spent a long, cold night checking bear traps in Yosemite. Originally from Canada, she’s partial to poutine, butter tarts and salt n’ vinegar chips.
Coordinating Producer and Reporter
Check, Please! Bay Area Coordinating Producer and On-Camera Reporter Cecilia Phillips began her career at KQED as an intern for Check, Please! before becoming a Digital Video Producer for KQED Food. She has been a part of the Bay Area food scene in many roles, including working under several celebrity chefs and serving as a food tour guide for many years in San Francisco. As part of her special series "Cecilia Tries It," she scours the Bay Area in search of off-the-beaten-path spots for exciting, culturally diverse, culinary experiences that fans can’t miss. Recommend your favorite hidden-gem food spots to her on Instagram @ccroundthetown.
Audience Engagement Manager
Coco Keevan is the Audience Engagement Manager for KQED Food and Check, Please! Bay Area. Previously, Coco worked in digital engagement at PBS North Carolina, where she contributed to local and national productions, including Somewhere South with Vivian Howard. A freelance food and pop culture writer, Coco’s work has appeared in Time Out, American Way, San Francisco magazine, Atlanta magazine, The A.V. Club and Paste, among others. She’s always eager to share her favorite food recommendations, show you countless cute photos of her dogs, Gravy and Cricket, and round out your weekly trivia team. Her wardrobe consists primarily of food-themed finery.
In her role as Check, Please! Bay Area’s Assistant Producer, Candice Yung wrangles interview subjects at unusual food locales, provides extensive research and writing support, contributes to on-site production and more. A Bay Area native, Candice recently graduated from the University of San Francisco, where she studied performing arts and social justice. For the past few years, she has worked in the Bay Area food scene preparing different sweet treats, ranging from boba milk tea to chiffon mousse cakes.
Digital Engagement Intern
Josh Decolongon is the Digital Engagement Intern for KQED Food and Check, Please! Bay Area. The co-founder of Endless West, a San Francisco based startup that creates alcoholic libations molecule by molecule, Josh has spent a decade in the food and wine industry. He has previously appeared in The Wall Street Journal and Vice News; he has also been featured in SFGate and Thrillist for his wine videos and infographics, which are popular on Instagram. In addition, he created a beverage and culture zine called Botelya, which focuses on queer and BIPOC perspectives in the industry. You can regularly find him documenting San Francisco’s Castro Community Benefit District as their social media coordinator. Originally hailing from Canada’s west coast, Josh enjoys experimenting with flavors for a new cocktail or finding the next exciting wine pairing.