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Posts Tagged ‘Besha Rodell’

TIME Editor Explains Lack of Female Chefs

TIMEGodsofFoodEater associate editor Hillary Dixler has been on the TIME case.

After noticing that no female chefs adorn the international-edition cover of TIME‘s November 18 issue (Chris Christie is on the cover of the U.S. edition), she kept digging and found additionally that it was mostly men (9-to-4) on the “13 Gods of Food” list inside. Dixler followed her initial coverage with a refreshingly frank set of Q&A responses from the responsible editor, Howard Chua-Eoan. He makes no apologies for “The Gods of Food” cover or lack of women on a related chart:

“There was no attempt to exclude women. We just went with the basic realities of what was going on and who was being talked about…”

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LA Weekly Adopting Five-Star Restaurant Rating Scale

This seems like a no-brainer. Especially for an alt-weekly always on the lookout for additional ways to get its hooks into a readership hungry for good eats, great events and the ease of quick-scan capsule reviews.

Starting in the new year, LA Weekly will adopt a zero-through-five-stars rating scale for restaurants. As Jonathan Gold‘s 2012 replacement Besha Rodell explains, the idea took root during her whirlwind LA spring job interview and city tour with food editor Amy Scattergood:

At one restaurant, we ran into one of the city’s best-known chefs. He had no idea who I was, of course, or why I was there. But he and Amy got to talking about the subject of star ratings. The LA Times had just abandoned its long-standing star system, and the chef bemoaned the loss.

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Gordon Ramsay’s Hellish Grove Grub Has LA Weekly Critic Retching

A la New York Times and Guy Fieri, LA Weekly restaurant critic Besha Rodell starts off with three consecutive questions. Our favorite involves her puzzlement over the fact that celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s PR folks refused to acknowledge the British insult echoes of his new Grove restaurant name (The Fat Cow).

From there, Rodell ditches the question marks in favor of full-on, why-why-why!?-subtext sentences as she ponders her $28 cheeseburger and more. The review is a heck of a fun read and one that though it may not affect the captive walk-in tourist trade for the establishment, could have Ramsay hollering a few choice new epithets.

Here’s one of our favorite passages:

Branzino ceviche was so besmirched by dollops of goo both green (avocado?) and yellow (horseradish?), it looked like a science experiment gone wrong. It was so disturbing it prompted me to take a picture and send it to a friend, who responded, “That looks malignant.”

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LA Restaurant Critic Disparages Newsweek’s ‘Lazy’ Journalism

Never mind the stock asparagus-lipstick cover shot. What really gets LA Weekly restaurant critic Besha Rodell’s goat cheese is the lone LA restaurant included in this week’s compilation “Top Chefs Choose the 101 Best Places to Eat Around the World:

I’ve got absolutely nothing against Farmshop. And if this were a list of the 101 Best Places to Eat in America, and some other spots were covered in LA – or even if Farmshop were included on this worldwide list, but LA had a couple more entries – I probably wouldn’t blink.

But this is 101 places in the world, and it’s not just another dumb list on another dumb blog, it’s the cover story of a serious news magazine. With all the amazing food LA has to offer, both upscale and ethnic (and upscale ethnic), the fact that this little farm-to-table bistro-market hybrid is our only shout-out would be offensive if it weren’t so obviously just plain lazy. So don’t take this as a dig at Farmshop. Take it as what it is — a dig at Newsweek.

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Sarah Fenske on Replacing Jonathan Gold

For the latest installment of Mediabistro’s weekly series “So What Do You Do…?”, I had the pleasure of conversing with LA Weekly editor-in-chief Sarah Fenske.

The Q&A delves into such topics as the LA Times paywall, the current state of her alt weekly and arguably Fenske’s biggest challenge so far – replacing Pulitzer Prize winning food critic Jonathan Gold. Here’s part of what she told me about that:

“Jonathan was – and is – an incredibly beautiful writer, but he never writes negative reviews. That worked for him, wonderfully, and it still works now that he’s over at the Times. But what is the Weekly if not the alternative: the smart, edgy voice that calls bullshit? We needed someone who could be critical when it was called for, and who had no loyalties, and who was not interested in befriending the city’s chefs… We needed someone fearless.”

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Eater LA Loses Another Besha Rodell Round

Within the insular confines of SoCal food journalism, a big deal this past week or so has involved the efforts of website Eater LA to expose the identity of incoming LA Weekly food critic Besha Rodell.

The first post by Eater LA editor Kat Odell was on-target, to an extent, as it featured a blown up photo of Rodell moderating a panel discussion at the recent Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. But the picture is no longer there, quickly taken down after its photographer cried copyright.

And so, Odell came back this week with a second reader-provided snap. One that Rodell is actually perfectly OK with:

Thus far, the photographer of this photo has not demanded it be removed. Probably because the photographer may have a vested interest in people thinking that photo looks exactly like me. You’d think Eater, with all its smarty-pants Internet savvy, would know the difference between a credit and a caption. But whatever. Chefs of LA – I look just like that! I haven’t aged a day!

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LA Weekly Adds Wine, Food Critics

The journalistic place setting of Jonathan Gold is a big one to fill. So it makes sense that several new hires have been tasked at LA Weekly with taking over the Pulitzer Prize winner’s culinary beat.

Editor-in-chief Sarah Fenske announced today that Amy Scattergood, the editor of Squid Ink, has been promoted to the position of LA Weekly food editor. Under her command will be new three employees, including food blogger Garrett Snyder. Per Fenske:

You may remember Snyder’s byline from that awesomely knowledgeable list of LA’s Best Sushi Places – or his thrilling description of an underground dinner thrown by the Vagrancy Project. Garret graduated from Loyola Marymount University just two years ago, but he’s already one of this city’s best food bloggers, and we’re thrilled to have him on staff.

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