Top Chefs Review — and Rate — America's Food Critics
In 2012, we had the idea to devise a way for prominent chefs and restaurateurs to turn the tables on restaurant critics and food writers. Chefs don’t lack venues for self-expression, nor is their profession replete with wallflowers; perhaps more than ever, many chefs feel more empowered these days to speak out and fight back in the face of what they perceive to be uninformed restaurant criticism.
Take for example the 2014 battles between Dallas Morning News’ restaurant critic Leslie Brenner and local chefs. Despite the fact that chefs are talking back, while reviewers use bells, beans, and stars to codify restaurant experiences, there hadn't been a system for rating them. With that in mind, we created a scorecard for chefs, and are publishing here their third annual rating — and were their knives ever sharp.