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Restaurant Dish | Oct 6, 2009 07:22 AM

This topic has been on my mind for a while now but I guess it took the Nathans hot dog thread to get me to post it.

I'm of the impression that our food media has gotten a bit lazy in their reporting and I just don't find myself as satisfied reading our Toronto food news as I used to be. Am I in the minority here? I'd love to hear what others think about this.

I do think that The Star, which was usually a great source in the Marion Kane days for fantastic food coverage has slid tremendously since she left. I know some of it is newspaper cuts so I'll give them room for that. But even the online sources seem so light.

What about food writers? Food critics? Who do you think does the best writing/reporting? I really enjoy Amy Rosen. I think she's one of the best food writers we have in Canada. I know others may disagree but I do think our main newspaper food critics are quite good - they all have their own style, but overall I still find myself seeking their reviews out on Saturdays. And although I LOVE the way James Chatto writes/speaks, I think he may just be one of the most biased critics/food writers in our city. There is something to be said about being too good friends with those that you write about. The objective just isn't there anymore. I quite enjoyed Chris Nuttal-Smith for his short time as food editor at Toronto Life but it seems his time there was too short. Not sure what happened. I like the 'idea' of City Bites, and often find it useful, just find that sometimes it tries to be a little too foodie and a tad pretentious.

Ok, I've gone would like to banter with other interested parties. Let's begin.

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