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Life as a Food Critic Isn't All Edible Roses

Life as a Food Critic Isn't All Edible Roses

Well-known New York Times food critic Frank Bruni has announced his retirement, and 63 percent of you wouldn't mind stepping in to fill his shoes. Many of you said it would be awesome to get paid for eating and would love the opportunity to try so many different types of food. According to several restaurant critics, their jobs aren't always enjoyable, and they're not just talking about terrible food they've had to taste.

ABC News spoke with various food critics, and there were three primary complaints from the group: most critics struggle with weight gain, late dining that keeps them from dinner with families, and angry restaurant owners after bad reviews. The latter issue can be rather invasive. While Ruth Reichl was a NYT food editor, she tried to protect her identity by wearing disguises during meals out, and there are websites dedicated to insulting New Orleans food critic Tom Fitzmorris, who says they even attack his family.

Of course, there are fantastic rewards that come with being a food critic, but we also need to look at the cons of a career before declaring the grass is greener. Do you think the pros could outweigh the cons of being a food critic?


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insanitypepper insanitypepper 8 years
I'd definitely still love to be a restaurant critic. Are there any jobs where you don't have to deal with angry people?
jessy777 jessy777 8 years
I would love to be a food critic. I act like a critic every time I eat out and recently I started a Austin food blog. I use it to write my reviews of places I have eaten. I do not make any money for it but my older sister and I enjoy writing and our friends have liked it. If I could parlay that into a career I would in a minute.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
I love food, but in light of this I'd rather be a movie critic. That's my two cents. Thank you.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
I wouldn't be able to or want to eat out everyday like that.
wednesday_adams wednesday_adams 8 years
I still think this would be an amazing job!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I don't think I could be a food critic. I'm sort of OCD about how I like my food made...I hate eating in restaurants in general because I'm afraid the chef will do something to my food to make it gross or something. I shudder at what might happen if they knew I gave them a bad review once before or something.
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