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 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: 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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    Zealand Katherine Rebekah "Katie" Lee is an American cookbook author, television food critic, cook, and novelist.more

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    • Age: 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 - 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: 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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    Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
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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: 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
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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: 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
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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: 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
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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: age 52
    • Birthplace: Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Journalist, Author, Food critic, Writer
    • Credits: Top Chef
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    Ree Drummond
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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: age 46
    • Birthplace: Bartlesville, Oklahoma, United States of America
    • Profession: Food writer, Author, Food critic, Photographer
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    Sam Sifton is an American journalist who is the Food Editor of The New York Times. He was previously the paper's National Editor. Sifton has also worked as deputy dining editor; dining editor; deputy culture editor and culture editor. In October 2009, Sifton succeeded Frank Bruni as restaurant critic ...more

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    • Age: age 49
    • Profession: Editor, Journalist, Food critic, Critic
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    Matt Preston is an English-Australian food journalist, restaurant critic, writer, and television personality. He is known for his role as a judge on Network Ten's MasterChef Australia and his weekly food column in the Taste supplement available in the Herald Sun, The Courier-Mail and The Daily Telegraph ...more

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    • Age: age 54
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Journalist, Actor, Food critic
    • Credits: MasterChef Australia, Junior MasterChef Australia, Celebrity MasterChef Australia, MasterChef Australia: The Professionals
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    Duncan Hines was an American pioneer of restaurant ratings for travelers. He is best known today for the brand of food products that bears his name.more

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    • Age: Died at 79 (1880-1959)
    • Birthplace: Bowling Green, Kentucky, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Food critic, Writer
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    Matt Pokrzywa
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    • Age: age 28
    • Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Software Engineer, Food critic
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    Craig Claiborne
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    Craig Claiborne was an American restaurant critic, food journalist and book author. A long-time food editor and restaurant critic for The New York Times, he was also the author of numerous cookbooks and an autobiography. Over the course of his career, he made many contributions to gastronomy and food ...more

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    • Age: Died at 80 (1920-2000)
    • Birthplace: Sunflower, Mississippi, United States of America
    • Profession: Food critic
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    Alan Richman

    Alan Richman is an American journalist and food writer. He is perhaps best known as a food correspondent for GQ magazine, and has won 14 James Beard Foundation Award for journalism.more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Journalist, Food writer, Food critic
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    John L. Hess was a prominent American investigative journalist who worked for many years at The New York Times. He left the Times in 1978 and wrote a memoir about his years there, My Times: A Memoir of Dissent.more

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    • Age: Died at 88 (1917-2005)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Journalist, Sailor, Food critic
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    Thomas Henry Charles Parker Bowles is a British food writer, food critic and chef. Parker Bowles is the author of five cookbooks and in 2010 won the Guild of Food Writers 2010 award for his writings on British food. He is known for his appearances as a judge in numerous television food series and for ...more

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    • Age: age 41
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Food critic
    • Credits: Market Kitchen
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    Stefan Gates

    Stefan Gates
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    Stefan Gates is a British television presenter, author, broadcaster and live-show performer who writes mostly about food and science. He has written six books about extraordinary food and cooking, and has presented 14 TV series, mostly for the BBC, including Cooking in the Danger Zone about unusual food ...more

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    • Age: age 48
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Child Actor, Model, Author, Actor, Food critic, + more
    • Credits: Joseph Andrews, Cooking in the Danger Zone, Feasts
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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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    Jeffrey Steingarten

    Jeffrey L. Steingarten is a leading food writer in the United States. He has been the food critic at Vogue magazine since 1989. His monthly columns in Vogue have earned him a National Magazine Award, and nearly a dozen James Beard Awards and nominations. William Rice of the Chicago Tribune named ...more

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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: Hewlett Neck, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Food writer, Food critic
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    John T. Edge

    John T. Edge is a writer, commentator, and director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, an institute of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. Every October, the Southern Foodways Alliance sponsors a symposium in Oxford, Mississippi on southern food. Edge is one ...more

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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: Georgia, United States of America
    • Profession: Author, Food critic
    • Credits: Pride And Joy
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