In this week’s episode of Extra Spicy, Justin Phillips and I speak to British restaurant critic Jimi Famurewa, who currently writes reviews for London’s. Standard Evening. It’s actually a two-part episode because Jimi and I had so much to talk about, like our feelings about being the “first” so-and-so. (especially him the UK’s leading black restaurant reviewer) and the many differences, both tonal and philosophical, between American and British food critics. And, after 16 months of cool play, we talked about our desire to criticize food when it misses the mark.
In the United States, a de facto truce has been struck between restaurants and their critics, out of sensitivity to the dire plight of the hospitality industry during the coronavirus pandemic. But 1 Star Yelp Reviews definitely continued unabated, I suspended writing from restaurant casseroles. In light of the stressors of massive shutdowns, intermittent shutdowns, and the mass exodus of workers to other industries, criticizing a restaurant for hot beer seemed like telling your friend lying in a ditch she was wearing. the wrong lipstick for the occasion.