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    Dumbest thing you ever read in a food review

    Hi.
    I'm professional food critic so I know I'm entering the lions den here, but I just had to ask:
    What's the stupidest thing you've read in a restaurant review?

    The reason I ask is that I've been doing this for five years now and I'm not impressed by the general level of competence.
    Just recently we were planning a joint article with another paper. I suggested meeting the other critic over dinner, so I asked him if he liked thai?
    "Oh yes, I LOVE thai food! But I hate dishes with coconut in them."

    WHAT..!! - Eventually I just made up a bad excuse and resigned from the whole project.

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    I generally find the level of food knowledge to be poor......the most disturbing is that punctuation, grammar and even to a certain extent; style, all seem to be lost. I'm not a grammar junkie or Shakespeare but people who are paid to write and critique should be able to offer cogent & professional articles.

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    Of course. Unfortunately that particular problem is not isolated to food reviews.

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    About a year ago, someone posted a link to a site where chefs reviewed some of the "famous" food critics. Hilarious. I no longer have it at hand but someone with some better google-fu?
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    I'd really like to see that site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daveb View Post
    About a year ago, someone posted a link to a site where chefs reviewed some of the "famous" food critics. Hilarious. I no longer have it at hand but someone with some better google-fu?
    Is this what you had in mind?
    http://www.thedailymeal.com/top-chef...d-critics-2013

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    That would be the one.
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    I'm lucky, I consider the local professionals good at their jobs. I have issues with the amateurs, Yelp, Trip, et el.

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    Hm.. Surprisingly few horror stories here. Are restaurants really living this peacefully with their antagonists? That gives me hope.

    I can tell a story of my own:
    A friend and former collegue of me, a real jerk by the way, once insisted that we should give a restaurant a low score because he meant the wine had a cork taint. I disagreed but according to him, it was he one who was the big wine buff of us two, and at parties he used to brag to everybody about how he spent his summers touring french wine castles. Anyway, we had a quarrel, we discussed it with collegues, we had to talk to the editor, and eventually I gave in.
    The day after the review was printed, we received an e-mail from the restaurant telling us that particular wine had a screw cap and we had to print a really embarrasing apology the next day.
    Unfortunately it didn't affect him at all sine we had gone incognito, but his pride was so hurt he quit a few months after.
    Karma always wins in the end.
    Last edited by Grunde; 04-01-2014 at 03:53 PM. Reason: Faulty nomenclature

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    I'm not much of a diner as I really don't give a crap about service, I only go to places for the food itself because the best meals for me to eat are ones I didn't have to cook myself . I hate 'foodies', it's one thing to be passionate about food, it's asinine however when they constantly give out bs comments. I dont bother with reading reviews as I'm pretty sure 99 out of 100 of them are nonsense.

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