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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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    Ruth Reichl (born January 16, 1948) (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 critically acclaimed, best-selling memoirs: Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table, Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table, Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise and Not Becoming My Mother. In 2009, she published Gourmet Today a 1,008 page cookbook containing over 1,000 recipes. She published her first novel, Delicious! in 2014, and, in...  more
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      Jonathan Gold (July 28, 1960 – July 21, 2018) was an American food and music critic. He wrote for the Los Angeles Times and had previously written for LA Weekly and Gourmet, as well as being a regular on KCRW's Good Food radio program. Gold often chose small, traditional immigrant restaurants for his reviews, although he covered all types of cuisine. In 2007, he became the first food critic to win the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism....  more
      • Hugh Christopher Edmund Fearnley-Whittingstall (born 14 January 1965) is an English celebrity chef, television personality, journalist, food writer and campaigner on food and environmental issues.Fearnley-Whittingstall hosted the River Cottage series on the UK television channel Channel 4, in which audiences observe his efforts to become a self-reliant, downshifted farmer in rural England – Fearnley-Whittingstall feeds himself, his family and friends with locally produced and sourced fruits, vegetables, fish, eggs and meat. He has also become a campaigner on issues related to food production and the environment, such as fisheries management and animal welfare....  more
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          Gail Simmons (born May 19, 1976) is a Canadian food writer and cookbook author. Since the show's inception in 2006, she has served as a permanent judge on BRAVO's Emmy-winning series Top Chef. Simmons was previously the head critic on Top Chef Duels and host of Top Chef: Just Desserts, Bravo's pastry-focused spin-off of the Top Chef franchise. She was also co-host of "The Feed," which aired in 2014 on FYI, A+E's new lifestyle network. In addition to her work on Top Chef, Gail makes frequent television appearances on NBC's Today and ABC's Good Morning America, among others. She has been featured in such publications as New York magazine, Travel + Leisure, GQ, People, Los Angeles Times, and...  more