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Are Toronto's food critics relevant?

lebonj May 28, 2010 12:36 PM

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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    stet RE: lebonj May 29, 2010 07:15 AM

    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. elvisahmed RE: lebonj Jun 2, 2010 12:40 AM

      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. Kagemusha RE: lebonj Jun 3, 2010 11:49 AM

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

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          millygirl RE: Kagemusha Jun 7, 2010 06:38 AM

          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
            Dimbulb RE: millygirl Jun 7, 2010 12:52 PM

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

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              millygirl RE: Dimbulb Jun 7, 2010 01:02 PM

              Agreed,unlike myself. LOL

              1. re: millygirl
                lebonj RE: millygirl Jun 7, 2010 04:03 PM

                Thanks all for your thoughts! Here's the story - http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/n...

                1. re: lebonj
                  Kagemusha RE: lebonj Jun 7, 2010 04:26 PM

                  Old news is no news...

                  1. re: Kagemusha
                    Dimbulb RE: Kagemusha Jun 8, 2010 07:16 AM

                    Not according to Chatto:


                    1. re: Dimbulb
                      Kagemusha RE: Dimbulb Jun 8, 2010 08:41 AM

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

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                        millygirl RE: Kagemusha Jun 8, 2010 08:53 AM

                        Interesting read. Thanks for posting Dimbulb.

                  2. re: lebonj
                    tuttebene RE: lebonj Jun 8, 2010 04:52 PM

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

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