New Times Seeks Marquee Name to Helm Restaurant Coverage

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When Anthony Bourdain was asked last year what advice he'd give to the New York Times during the paper's search for a restaurant critic, he answered: "I think the best you can hope for in a subjective enterprise like food criticism is for an honest broker of opinion."

Truthfulness might seem like an obvious answer, but it does go to the heart of what makes a restaurant critic's job one of the toughest in journalism. Sure, it seems like eating for a living and then expressing an opinion about it seems easy. But any restaurant critic will tell you that it's finding the courage to stand by opinions -- which may be hated by the reader, the restaurant owner, and literally everyone else -- can be the toughest part about, well, eating for a living.

So it's an honest broker of opinion New Times seeks as its next restaurant critic. We're looking for a critic who can build on the success of our award-winning food coverage. And  we're looking for a marquee name, someone who will become a must-read in this age of soon-to-be-gone web publications and internet memes.

Click here for info on how to apply.


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Eric Barton is editor of New Times Broward-Palm Beach. Email him here, or click here to follow him on Facebook.

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Bone Lee Tadpole
Bone Lee Tadpole

Hire an accomplished chef with a bad attitude and a knack for negativity which may possibly raise the bar for all involved...    

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Fat Hand
Fat Hand

I really enjoyed Melissa's food coverage. Sorry to see she is no longer writing in this space.

ted anthony inserra
ted anthony inserra

humm, how about a truly local chef who has worked for all the original members of the Mango Gang, and has his finger on the pulse beat of the culinary and local happening scene, if only there was such a person..............humm...

Beast
Beast

Three reviewers in the last ten years and two over the course of the past year. Bad odds in my book. Still calling for a closer look at your style brother. Truth hurts but you have to face facts.

Rodney
Rodney

Sorry Barton. Still a paranoid train wreck I see. When i call for your firing it wont be in a comment. I'm sure you know that I know why linn and shepherd left, so why would you think i wrote that? Delusion and denial are the only possibilities.

The Miami herald can't find anyone decent to cover Broward, so why would a marquee name want to work for a paper with transvestite hooker ads in the back? The voice is where you go when you have no other choices.

LocalsOnly
LocalsOnly

please get someone truly local this time. the "outsiders pov" of our culinary scene was irritating. 

Eater4lif
Eater4lif

 The critic at the miami new times has been there over 10 years. What's the problem with broward?

Beast
Beast

The third reviewer to leave in a little over one year. Sounds like a change in management is in order.

MehCart
MehCart

McCart finally left? 

The Foodbrat
The Foodbrat

I do feel like I need to comment here.

If you didn't know her, speak to her or work with her, maybe you should ask twice before commenting about her.

Nice sometimes doesn't work in this business!

Rodney
Rodney

I count 4 in 10 years: Karetnick, Shepherd, Linn and McCart. They've had 3 in less than 4 years under Barton, which is a more useful statistic.

The issue isn't people leaving. It's the fact that he hasn't hired one decent food writer in his tenure. Typically you groom someone then promote. But Barton just has a stable full of space-fillers.

TerryC
TerryC

Perhaps why she left would add some insight to the discussion. She was never shy about piping in before.

Eric Barton
Eric Barton

Ouch, Dennis, that's rough. But I'm afraid your math is off: We've had only one reviewer in the past year and three reviewers over the course of ten years. I'm hoping with this next hire we find one for the next decade. 

Whack_a_mole
Whack_a_mole

Didn't know her, speak to her, or work with her.  But I did read her, listen to her, follow her, and found her wanting.  Nice isn't what I'm looking for.  Informed and educated opinion is what I'm looking for.

Given her infatuation with Coconuts, G&B Oyster company and Foxy Brown, and her 'out of towner' penchant for 'discovering' indigenous eating places, will we miss Melissa?  No, probably not.

It's interesting to note that Eater Miami seems to be breaking away from their Miami-Dade-only POV, and expanding into the South Florida MSA.  That might take some of the pressure off Eric and his new protege to fulfill their perceived position as the Broward/Palm Beach alternative newspaper of record.

MMW
MMW

Eric is above grooming anyone to take over as the BPB's "long-standing" food critic. Bah! Him, give a local or up-and-coming journalist a chance to fill this position? Never! Want to know what he's really waiting for? Someone to tell him that no one can cover the Broward food scene as well as HE can. Might as well try to clone yourself Eric, because it's your own voice you give ANY credence to, and anyone that does make it past your firing round will just walk out again....or won't be able to live up to your pretentious BS ideals. This isn't the LA Weekly; it's a poor excuse for a VVM alt-weekly. 

Eric Barton
Eric Barton

Yeah, I've been watching Eater expand. My guess is that they'll be the latest to try and muscle in on this turf and fail, like the Miami Herald, Daily Beast, Huffington Post... 

Eric Barton
Eric Barton

Wow, lots of hate spewing here. Is this actually several people or just the always-sour Dennis under several names? 

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