Anonymous Restaurant Reviews: Important or Not?

Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 30 December 2010 11:16 AM


All that foodies in California have been talking about this week is the very public outing of the LA Times food critic by local restaurant owners a few days before Christmas. Today, the Times turns the brew-ha-ha into a debate on the merits of anonymity in the restaurant review business. In UK and France, newspaper restaurant critics don’t hide the identity the way they do in the US. In fact, most critics are very visible celebrities. And some people say that’s a good thing because it puts every restaurant—from the smallest mom and pop operation to high end emporiums—on equal footing.

Here‘s the original Times story about critic S. Irene Virbila’s experience at Los Angeles restaurant Red Medicine. According to the story, the restaurant staff recognized Virbila, snapped her photograph and swiftly kicked her and her party out of the restaurant. The photo, which was posted on several sites, including Gawker, was accompanied by this quote from Red Medicine’s owner:

Our purpose for posting this is so that all restaurants can have a picture of her and make a decision as to whether or not they would like to serve her. We find that some her reviews can be unnecessarily cruel and irrational, and that they have caused hard-working people in this industry to lose their jobs—we don’t feel that they should be blind-sided by someone with no understanding of what it takes to run or work in a restaurant.

Share This Story

Tracker Pixel for Entry
 

 

Enter address below to get the morning headlines in your inbox (more details)

Editor's Pick

Did This Man Invent the Selfie?

Did This Man Invent the Selfie?

Lester Wisbrod says he’s been taking photos of himself with celebrities for decades.

New on the Story Stack

Links from our Sponsors

Popular Posts


Pat Kiernan's Facebook profile

Links

Favorites

U.S. Newspapers

International Newspapers

News