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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.

NY Post Restaurant Critic Is Angry About Oxtails, No Bread, Counters, $135 Steaks

And like 24 others things
Dec 31, 2013 2:00 pm

We love longtime New York Post restaurant critic and noted curmudgeon. We love you Steve Cuozzo. You typically have good taste and take your job seriously — slogging through the good, bad and insanely over-priced to tell us where we should be dining out.

Jiro Disciple Dreamed Of The Perfect Egg Custard. Now, He Has Four Stars.

Why the NY Times review of Sushi Nakazawa matters
Dec 11, 2013 3:00 pm

New York City’s ongoing sushi transformation was officially validated yesterday, as Pete Wells of The New York Times awarded newcomer Sushi Nakazawa four stars (out of a possible four). The review marks the first four-star praise from the acting critic, and only the sixth restaurant in NYC to currently hold this highest grade. No small feat for the small and unassuming West Village shop. Here's why it's important.

Why Do People Love Negative Restaurant Reviews So Much?

About the public’s "blood lust" for zero stars
Oct 24, 2012 12:02 pm

This morning The New York Times published a relatively negative takedown of Midtown relic 21 Club. It poses the question: why do people look forward to the dark thrill of a public execution on days when there are no stars attached?

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