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Minimum requirements you want in a food critic?

ipsedixit | May 8, 2008 09:29 AM

Not talking about bloggers, but food critics in newspapers.

And specifically, what you WANT a food critic to have (not what an editor necessarily requires).

Besides an ability to write (and perhaps even write well), what minimum things should a food critic bring to the table (pun intended) in your opinion?

Background in restaurants?

Background in cooking?

Background in restaurant management?

Strong local connection to the community?

Not too young?

Not too old?

Certain type of ethnicity (e.g. WASPs shouldn't be reviewing Malay food and maybe vice versa)?

Others??

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