Food Celebs Advise the 'NYT' on Picking New Restaurant Critic

Bill Buford, Gail Simmons, and others weigh in

The job of New York Times restaurant critic is a highly coveted—and heavily debated—position. Even with the rise of numerous food blogs, the paper's critic is still the one who can really make or break the biggest of restaurants in New York City, and set trends for the entire country to follow. Spotted Pig co-owner Ken Friedman says whoever succeeds current critic Sam Sifton in the wake of his promotion to national editor will be “the most important restaurant critic in the world.” In interviews and emails with Adweek, food world luminaries, from Anthony Bourdain to the night manager at Katz’s Deli, weighed in with their thoughts on who the next critic should be.