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May 28, 2010 12:36 PM

Are Toronto's food critics relevant?

I posted earlier on the thread about James Chatto leaving Toronto Life but I want to ask Toronto Chowhounders a bigger question: Do you read / like Toronto's food critics? Who do you like? Who do you hate?
Do you think they are digging deep enough into the city's culinary scene?
Whose reviews do you trust more: Chowhound or Globe / Post / Toronto Life?
I am a journalist interested in getting some views on this for a story I'm writing! Thanks!

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  1. I don't know, I always enjoyed the yearly Toronto Life Restaurant Guide. I tend to avoid the big newspapers' reviews, though. I'd rather hear what several people on Chowhound think about their meals than what one person thinks, especially a person whose tastes I might not agree with. Part of the problem might just be that there simply aren't enough Toronto food critics, so it's impossible to get a dissenting or confirming opinion about a restaurant from the large media outlets.

    1. I like Globe and Mail review. Toronto Life I think is out of touch and tends to favor the places with hype getting favorable reviews. Chowhound is my go to place to get the inside scope.

      1. Just search Kates here and on the TO/ON/GTA board.

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        1. re: Kagemusha

          Good or bad, I rarely agree either way but do I read them? Absolutely! I love reading restaurant reviews purely for the entertainment value, and that alone. After all, isn't that what it's meant for?

          Besides, aren't we all critics in our own right? The only real difference that I can tell, and it's a big one, is that they've been able to find someone willing to pay for their opinion.

          1. re: millygirl

            They also pay someone who has the language skills to express that opinion coherently.

                    1. re: Dimbulb

                      LIke what did you expect him to say? I'm unworthy and deserved it?

                      1. re: Kagemusha

                        Interesting read. Thanks for posting Dimbulb.

                  1. re: lebonj

                    Ever given any thought to Karma or irony....