Critics: good and bad
- Dixie Day
Lots of talk here regarding the burdens of food criticism. What critics in the bay area do you like to read? Who's clueless, who's right on?
We all read plenty of Michael Bauer, like it or not. IMHO, he is too political in his reviews and tends to blanket restaurant groups/chefs he likes and award the stars accordingly.
I have known way too many a chef who sweats the Chronicle pink section 2-3 months following their opening. He is 'make or break' for lots of folks.
I am now living in Sonoma County, and am always upset by the fact that even though we have grown much larger and are a greater culinary force, Jeff Cox writes ALL the reviews for the Press Democrat. And I think his writing is poor.
I do like Michele Anna Jordan who is Sonoma County based, but does reviews for the Chronicle special regional editions.