Chefs turn the tables and review the nation's top food critics

The Daily Meal

The critics have become the critiqued.

Dining news and trends website The Daily Meal introduced its first "critics' scorecard" today, which lets top chefs turn the tables on prominent food writers. The methodology:

The Daily Meal polled dozens of the nation’s most notable chefs and restaurateurs and asked them to vote on America's best known critics. Twenty critics were rated on a restaurant review scale of zero to four stars (four being a glowing review) based on four criteria: culinary knowledge, prose style, integrity (perceived), and likability.

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The L.A. Times' Jonathan Gold came in first; The Orange County Register's Brad. A. Johnson last.

The New York Times' Pete Wells -- the one who wrote the now-legendary 50-question slam of Guy Fieri's restaurant -- placed third (the poll was taken before his review published).

The reviews also give Washington Post critic Tom Sietsema bragging rights over his distant cousin Robert Sietsema, of the Village Voice. Tom finished fourth; Robert 11th.

Here were the overall results. The Daily Meal article also breaks it down by category.

Related: Pete Wells answers readers' questions (New York Times) | Ruth Reichl, Jonathan Gold on the future of food writing

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    Jeff Sonderman

    Jeff Sonderman is the deputy director of the American Press Institute, helping to lead its use of research, tools, events, and strategic insights to advance and sustain journalism.


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