List of Famous Food Critics People

List of Famous Food Critics

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This list of famous food critics and famous food writers includes photos, bios, and other information, when available. Who are the top food critics in the world? This includes the most prominent food critics, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable food critics is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic food critics were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from various different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned food critics, writing about food and cooking, publishing widely-read food critiques, and keeping chefs on their toes.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different people, including Frank Bruni and Katie Lee - everyone from the top American, British, and English food writers are listed here. When chefs and restaurant owners see these critics walk through their doors, they know they need to bring their A-games.

From reputable, prominent, and well known food critics to the lesser known food reviewers of today, these are some of the best writers of food criticism in the world. Who are the most famous food critics ever? What are the names of famous food critics? Read on to find out!
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    Frank Bruni is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Food Critics
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    Frank Anthony Bruni is an American journalist. He was the chief restaurant critic of the New York Times, from 2004 to 2009. In June 2011, he was named an Op-Ed columnist for the newspaper—its first openly gay one. He is the author of two bestselling books, Born Round, a memoir about his family's love of ...more

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    • Age: 51
    • Birthplace: White Plains, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Journalist, Author, Food critic
    • Credits: A Matter of Taste
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    Katie Lee is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Food Critics
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    Zealand Katherine Rebekah "Katie" Lee is an American cookbook author, television food critic, cook, and novelist. more

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    • Age: 34
    • Birthplace: Huntington, West Virginia, USA
    • Profession: Cook, Author, Food critic, Chef
    • Credits: Top Chef, Paula's Party, George Hirsch: Living It UP!, The Kitchen
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    Ruth Reichl is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Food Critics
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    Ruth Reichl - pronounced RYE-shil - is an American chef, food writer, co-producer of PBS's Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie, culinary editor for the Modern Library, host of PBS's Gourmet's Adventures With Ruth, and the last editor-in-chief of the now shuttered Gourmet magazine. She has written a trilogy of ...more

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    • Age: 67
    • Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
    • Profession: Editor, Television producer, Author, Food critic
    • Credits: Top Chef Masters, Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie, Gourmet's Adventures with Ruth
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    Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Food Critics
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    Hugh Christopher Edmund Fearnley-Whittingstall is a British celebrity chef, television personality, journalist, food writer and "real food" campaigner, known for his back-to-basics philosophy. Fearnley-Whittingstall is best known for hosting the River Cottage series on the UK television channel Channel ...more

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    • Age: 50
    • Birthplace: Hampstead, London, England
    • Profession: Celebrity chef, Journalist, Food critic, Presenter, Chef
    • Credits: Hugh's Chicken Run, Return to River Cottage, Beyond River Cottage, Escape to River Cottage, Hugh's Fish Fight, + more
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    Gail Simmons is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Food Critics
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    Gail Simmons is a Canadian culinary expert, food writer and television personality, and is the Special Projects Director with Food & Wine magazine. In addition to her role with Food & Wine, she is a regular judge on the television show Top Chef and hosts its spin-off, Top Chef: Just Desserts. She offers ...more

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    • Age: 39
    • Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
    • Profession: Food critic, Chef
    • Credits: Top Chef, Top Chef Masters, Top Chef: Just Desserts
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    Giles Coren is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Food Critics
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    Giles Coren is an English columnist and restaurant critic for The Times and has contributed to various publications including the Independent on Sunday, Tatler and GQ. He was named Food and Drink Writer of the Year at the British Press Awards in 2005. He has co-starred with Sue Perkins in Edwardian ...more

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    • Age: 46
    • Birthplace: Paddington, London, England
    • Profession: Journalist, Actor, Food critic, Writer, Critic, + more
    • Credits: The Supersizers Go..., The Supersizers..., The F Word, The F-Word
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    Toby Young is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Food Critics
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    Toby Young is an English journalist. He is best known as the author of How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, the tale of his stint in New York as a contributing editor at Vanity Fair magazine. Young served as a judge in seasons five and six of the television show Top Chef and is the co-founder of the ...more

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    • Age: 52
    • Birthplace: Buckinghamshire, England
    • Profession: Journalist, Author, Food critic, Writer
    • Credits: Top Chef
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    Ree Drummond is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Food Critics
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    Ann Marie "Ree" Drummond is an award-winning American blogger, No. 1 New York Times bestselling author, food writer, photographer and television personality who lives on a working ranch outside of Pawhuska, Oklahoma. In February 2010, she was listed as No. 22 on Forbes' Top 25 Web Celebrities—one of ...more

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    • Age: 46
    • Birthplace: Bartlesville, Oklahoma, United States of America
    • Profession: Food writer, Author, Food critic, Photographer
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