In light of recent tiffs like Pete Wells verus Guy Fieri and José Andrés versus Tom Sietsema, Eater rounded up 11 of the most outspoken responses to bad reviews from chefs and restaurateurs in the past two years. From the list, we noticed two patterns in the strategies that chefs have used to address their critics.
Throwing the critics’ words back in their direction seems to be one popular tact. After SF Weekly critic Anna Roth called 1058 Hoagie “not special enough to seek out” (read: boring), the sandwich shop hashed out its frustrations on the specials boards with remarks like “anna roth is boring.” Brooklyn restaurant Isa appropriated phrases from New York Times critic Eric Asimov’s review, naming dishes with phrases like “baffling duck breast” and “hard to understand calmari.”
Meanwhile, Twitter has become a go-to medium for immediate reactions, with chefs like Mike Isabella, David Chang, Guy Fieri, and José Andrés using the social platform to express varying degrees of disappointment and anger.
[via Eater National]