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What Is the Role of the Food Critic?

Welcome to Chow Bella's Bites & Dishes, where Valley chefs and restaurateurs respond to a question New Times food critic Laura Hahnefeld has on her mind. Have a question you'd like to ask? E-mail [email protected]

Writer, analyst, restaurant rater? To the reader, the job of a food critic may consist of several responsibilities.

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But what about Valley chefs and restaurateurs? What do they think a food critic should be doing? I stuck my neck out (gulp!) and here's what some of them had to say.

Chef Christopher Nicosia, Sassi

As chefs, we often get caught up "playing for the band rather than the audience." It's necessary for us to push the limits occasionally, but we need to have people who can objectively let us know if we are moving in the right direction and remind us who we are cooking for. Food critics are those people. Unfortunately, everyone who logs onto Yelp automatically thinks they're a food critic. We can take constructive criticism -- we just have to make sure we're listening to the right people.

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Laura Hahnefeld
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