11.7.08

do food critics suck?

Jay Rayner in the Guardian just wrote a review on a Greek restaurant in London called Lemonia. It takes some heavy words for me to be offended, but his patronizing tone made me see red, especially in the following statements.

There are many who insist that there is a higher, more complex form of Greek cookery to which we mere tourists are not exposed. I'm sure there is. (The mischievous part of me is tempted to say: yes, it's called Turkish, which has a truly fabulous tradition. But that would merely be courting controversy, and you won't find me doing such a thing.) I do know that Greek wines go far beyond Retsina, that there are some intriguing reds to be had if you know where to look.

What we probably have here is yet another superficial, stiff Oxbridge twit (he actually went to Leeds, but I'm on a rant here) who believes that he is an authority on world foods.  The challenge with Greek gastronomy rests on those who have inherited the tradition.  It is they who must convey and market the true essence and diversity of Greece's foods.  It's a tradition that is more than  just feta cheese dumped on top of something cooked in olive oil, Mr. Rayner.  

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well then, mate, if what you say is true, then, as one of those who has inherited the tradition, you are clearly failing to convey and market its true essence aren't you.

Bummer.

Jay Rayner

Yannis said...

We are all entitled to our opinion Mr. Anonymous. :)

susan jane said...

I suspect Mr Anonymous has not dined at Yannis's (or any Greek's) house. How unfortunate. Something to look forward and aspire to I guess!

Sam Sotiropoulos said...

You can always send the twit (nice characterization!) reviewer and the equally twitty "Anonymous" commenter over to have a look at my blog for an education in Greek Gastronomy: Greek Food Recipes and Reflections