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'Papa Bear in the House': Restaurants Play Spy Games

High-end joints go to extreme lengths to identify food critics

(Newser) - His name is Tom Sietsema, but he might be better known in high-end DC restaurants as "Papa Bear." That's because Sietsema just happens to be the food critic for the Washington Post, and an urgent whisper of "Papa Bear in the house" will send everyone from... More »

Restaurant CEO Really Didn't Like This Harsh NYT Review

Ahmass Fakahany ripped into critic Pete Wells' 'embarrassing lack of knowledge'

(Newser) - No one wants his restaurant getting trashed by the New York Times. But Altamarea Group CEO Ahmass Fakahany wasn't about to hide when his new French eatery Vaucluse received a mediocre review by critic Pete Wells last week. "A critic could run out of new ways to express... More »

Prominent Food Critic Drops His Anonymity

Jonathan Gold of LA Times says it's a useless fight these days

(Newser) - No more masks, silhouettes, disguises, or hiding behind potted plants. Food critic Jonathan Gold of the Los Angeles Times writes today that he is giving up even the "pretense of anonymity." His photo appears along with his essay, in which he acknowledges that it's been a losing... More »

Fieri Fires Back at NYT Critic

Says Pete Wells' scathing review was "so overboard"

(Newser) - Celeb chef Guy Fieri and restaurant critic Pete Wells are in a veritable food fight over the latter's widely read review of the former's Times Square restaurant. In an interview with NBC's Today Show , Fieri says the review wasn't fair, since the establishment had only been... More »

Gaga's Parents' Restaurant Is Gross

Joseph and Cynthia Germanotta need help, says critic

(Newser) - New York's new restaurant, Joanne, gets a scathing review in the Post by restaurant critic Steve Cuozzo, a fact about which few would probably care ... except that the restaurant in question is owned by Lady Gaga's parents, Joseph and Cynthia Germanotta. In his amusing critique, Cuozzo starts off... More »

Food Blogger Jailed for Complaining About Noodles

Judge ruled Taiwan woman didn't have the evidence to declare them salty

(Newser) - Be careful what you blog about in Taiwan. One woman, identified only as Mrs. Liu, learned that lesson the hard way recently, after she complained on her little-read blog about the Sichuan Flavor Beef Noodle Restaurant in Taichung. The place, she wrote, was full of cockroaches, the owner was a... More »

The Secret Foods Famed Chefs Crave

Fritos, Cheetos, and donuts, oh my!

(Newser) - Even a world-renowned chef sometimes needs a good old-fashioned cheeseburger. Daily Meal got a number of chefs as well as restaurateurs, food critics, and other VIPs in the food world, to admit to their secret food vices. A sampling:
  • Mario Batali: "Three things: Really well-made ice cream; really well-made
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Food Critic Now Turns to Food Stamps

Unemployed writer describes his adjustment

(Newser) - Ed Murrieta used to be a food critic for the Tacoma News Tribune with a $1,300 monthly expense account and a "middle-class salary." Today, however, "I eat on the fringe of the food business, hungry for work and living on the dole, one of 6 million... More »

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