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Across the Nation, Restaurant Critics a Casualty in the Demise of Newspapers

Cookwork Perspective: Newspapers are laying off restaurant critics in an effort to save money.  How will a lack of trained professional critics impact the information diners receive about restaurants?

Across the Nation, Restaurant Critics a Casualty in the Demise of Newspapers

The national demise of print media is an inevitable, swirling vortex. Over the past few years, thousands of newspaper employees have lost their jobs, and whole sections of papers have been gutted or shuttered. The collateral damage is an absolute decimation of local coverage — including restaurant reviews — in dozens of newspapers across the country.

As newspapers scale back their operations, full-time restaurant critics are being shown the door. Just yesterday, the New Orleans newspaper the Times-Picayune laid off the Beard Award-winning New Orleans critic Brett Anderson. Anderson is one of many restaurant critics to have been laid off or have accepted a buyout in recent years.

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