From this week’s San Francisco Chronicle,
"If you think restaurant critics from mainstream newspapers, television and
magazines are tough on the food industry, you haven’t spent much time in
cyberspace. Online message boards, gossip columns, city restaurant guides and
food blogs are proliferating and having a profound influence on where consumers
spend their eating dollars. The once-genteel discipline of restaurant reviewing
has turned into a free-for-all, celebrated by some as a new-world democracy but
seen by others as populist tyranny."
It’s a good read – thanks Martin. It pulls together a number of points that have been building over the years. We’re all food critics and the internet allows us all to be heard. I corresponded with one well known food critic a while back on the same topic and the power of the food critic. He responded,
"As to the power of the critic I still hold that, while we can do a lot to help a restaurant succeed there’s bugger all we can do to make em fail. The bad ones fail all by themselves. The truth is though I am not employed to sell restaurants. I am employed to sell newspapers."