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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. You might also enjoy our list of famous wine critics and the most epic Yelp reviews. 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, Katie Lee, and of course New York's own Anthony Bourdain.  Everyone from the top American, British, and English food writers are listed here. When chefs and restaurant owners see these popular critics walk through their doors, they know they need to bring their A-games and serve only the best foods. 

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, United States of America
    • Profession: Cook, Author, Food critic, Chef
    • Credits: Top Chef, Paula's Party, George Hirsch: Living It UP!, The Kitchen
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    Andrew Zimmern is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Food Critics
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    Andrew Scott Zimmern is an American television personality, chef, food writer and teacher. He is the co-creator, host, and consulting producer of the Travel Channel series Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, Bizarre Foods America and Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre World. For his work on Bizarre Foods with ...more

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    • Age: 54
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: TV chef, Chef
    • Credits: Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre World, Bizarre Foods America
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    Anthony Bourdain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Food Critics
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    Anthony Michael Bourdain is an American chef, author, and television personality. He is a 1978 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and a veteran of numerous professional kitchens, including a stint of many years as executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles. Though Bourdain is no longer formally ...more

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    • Age: 59
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Television producer, TV chef, Screenwriter, Author, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, A Cook's Tour
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    Ruth Reichl is listed (or ranked) 5 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, United States of America
    • 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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    Jonathan Gold is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Food Critics
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    Jonathan Gold is a food critic who currently writes for the Los Angeles Times and has previously written for LA Weekly and Gourmet. In 2007 he became the first food critic to win the Pulitzer Prize. He is also a regular on KCRW's Good Food radio program. Gold often chooses small, ethnic restaurants for ...more

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    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Journalist, Food critic, Critic
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    Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is listed (or ranked) 7 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, United Kingdom
    • 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) 8 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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