Palo Alto-based food writer Trevor Felch cooked up a saucy litte summary for SF Weekly of an “Editors Panel” held at the 2013 SF Chefs Festival. Participating were NYT Atlanta bureau chief Kim Severson (a former food beat journo), Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema, San Francisco Chronicle food editor Miriam Morgan and Sunset magazine food editor Margo True.
Sietsema had an interesting observation about the difficulty a full-time print journalist faces when competing with bloggers. That particular takeaway was shared by Felch under the sub-headline “Maintaining Professional Distance Has Its Detriments:”
Sietsema mentioned how he personally can’t get scoops from chefs like bloggers can, because professional food writers and editors have to keep an important objective distance from the restaurants. In Sietsema’s words, “A lot of news gets broken over bourbon at midnight.” He can’t exactly do that with José Andres.