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Ex-New York Times critic Frank Bruni’s “exit interview” – from Eater

When Frank Bruni, influential and sometimes controversial food critic, wrote his memoir Born Round, it essentially meant the end of his tenure as food critic, as food critics must be unrecognizable so that they can anonymously dine without any special attention by the restaurant. Since high-profile books are usually accompanied by press junkets, this would preclude any pretense of anonymity. Hence, Bruni resigned his position prior to publication., a noted culinary on-line site took this opportunity to conduct an “exit interview” with the famed critic. Bruni, no shrinking violet, participated in a candid conversation about the issues that confront a food critic and the ramifications on a restaurant that occur from a review.

It’s an illuminating conversation that anyone interested in food service should read.

And, while you’re at it, click the link to a short essay written by the waiter who served the interview participants.