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Montreal Gazette 'Food' Section New Low

Withnail42 | Feb 28, 200805:11 AM

Currently in town we have the Highlights Festival going on there are a quite a number of visiting chefs in town. Some are very high profile, others are up and coming, others are from different parts of the world and can provide insight into different cuisines. Certainly there are no shortages of interesting people and stories to cover.

So with all this going on what does the local paper, The Gazette do? In the Saturday 'food' section. It features a THREE page spread about some local woman! She has a TVshow seen locally, and has a book again locally.

It's certainly good that the paper is focusing on local ‘talent’. But as this woman isn’t going anywhere. In fact she has been around for a while. Did they really need to give her the extraordinary amount of three full pages in their Saturday section? Why not talk about some of the talent that is visiting the city? Build up the festival. I don’t get it.

It is because the ‘critic’/food expert Lesley Chesterman, with questionable insight and originality, has to be the star? She can’t ever seem to write about people who don’t know who she is. And I certainly don’t get why the section editor would go ahead with such a large piece at such a time.

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