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!

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 food and his own struggles with overeating, and Ambling Into History, about George W. Bush. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 54

Birthplace: White Plains, New York, United States of America

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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 on Wikipedia

Age: 37

Birthplace: Huntington, West Virginia, USA

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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 Andrew Zimmern he was presented the James Beard Foundation Award in 2010 and another in 2013. He also hosts the show Dining with Death, which discusses some of the foods that could cause death. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 57

Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

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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 employed as a chef, he maintains a relationship with Les Halles in New York. He is widely known for his 2000 book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, and in 2005 he began hosting the Travel Channel's culinary and cultural adventure programs Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and The Layover. In 2013, he joined CNN to host Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 62

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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