How Do Restaurant Critics Avoid Getting Fat?

A former critic weighs in on the subject
Feb 18, 2015 11:00 am

The lifestyle of a professional restaurant critic is endlessly fascinating to people who aren't professional restaurant critics. Chris Shott would know. He used to be one. As we find out, people always asked lots of questions, including a big, fat one: Did you gain weight? Here's his response.

Famous Restaurant Critic Jonathan Gold Can Now Be...Jonathan Gold

Pulitzer winning writer drops his mask
Jan 26, 2015 4:30 pm

It’s been a busy few days for Jonathan Gold. In a piece published in the Los Angeles Times on Friday, the longtime restaurant critic officially revealed his identity. But why? He is also the subject of an upcoming documentary at Sundance. Read on.

In Search Of 'True Cannabis Cuisine,' Vogue Critic Gets 'Incomprehensibly High'

Marijuana makes James Beard winner less insightful
Sep 9, 2014 3:15 pm

What happens when Vogue assigns James Beard Award-winning food critic Jeffrey Steingarten to rediscover the joys of cooking with marijuana? Not a lot of cooking, it turns out. We sort through his rambling report so you don't have to.

Chef John Tesar Vs. Critic Leslie Brenner: Tracing The Roots Of A Public Spat

Interviews with both sides reveal many motivations
Jul 17, 2014 2:30 pm

Chef John Tesar generated some dubious buzz on Thursday with his fiery Twitter response to Dallas Morning News critic Leslie Brenner's review of his latest restaurant Knife. With the benefit of having previously interviewed both Tesar and Brenner about their individual preferences and pet-peeves, we feel compelled to offer some perspective on the various motivations heading into this now-very-public food-world spat.

Everybody's A Critic (And Now, Everybody Can Be Treated Like One)

Restaurants are sharing intel on regular diners
Jun 4, 2014 2:01 pm

An Australian report this week highlights the various ways in which restaurants are using modern technology to spy—er, collect and share intelligence—on their customers. It’s a kind of surveillance formerly reserved for professional dining critics. Yelpers, beware.

Ruth Reichl On Bobby Flay: Does He Lack Confidence In The Staff At Gato?

A look at the opening of celebrity chef's new spot
May 9, 2014 2:00 pm

I interviewed Ruth Reichl yesterday for a podcast I do, "New Books in Food." Amongst the many interesting things she talked about on the occasion of the release of her first novel was how long Bobby Flay might continue to cook nightly at his new downtown New York restaurant Gato while he awaits a visit from the New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells. Read more, after the jump.

A Moscow Food Critic Dishes On Russia's Surprisingly Diverse Food Scene

Sam Schatz wrote for Element Magazine
Apr 25, 2014 9:00 am

Sam Schatz can certainly be described as a jack-of-all-trades. The Director of Business Development at cleantech company AeroFarms spent two years in Moscow covering the city's bustling food and nightlife scene. With very little idea about the notoriously secret country's culinary highlights, we sat down with the ex-food critic to talk all foods Russian.

A 15-Gun Execution With Jay Rayner’s Epic Hotel Restaurant Takedown

London critic is not a fan of street food ‘concept’
Feb 10, 2014 12:00 pm

We have not dined at Lanes of London, located in the Marriott near the Marble Arch tube station. So we have no way of commenting on the cooking firsthand. But we’ll take the critic's word that this is one concept (that word!) in need of an overhaul. With that, here is Jay Rayner’s 12-gun execution.


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