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Sam Sifton Picked To Fill Bruni’s Restaurant Critic Post

New York Times executive editor Bill Keller just announced the appointment of a new restaurant critic to take up the departed Frank Bruni‘s knife and fork. Come October, Culture Editor Sam Sifton will be taking over the post abandoned by Bruni in May.

“In the weeks since the announcement that Frank Bruni would be hanging up his napkin, we’ve received numerous applications for the job of NYT restaurant critic,” Keller said in his memo to the Times staff. “We narrowed the list, and then narrowed it some more. We had some really impressive candidates, writers who know their food and have interesting things to say about the way we eat. Then we threw out the list and drafted Sam Sifton. The choice is both obvious and eccentric.”

Now, the Times is on the hunt for a new culture editor to replace Sifton. So, get to work on your resume!

Earlier: Times‘s Frank Bruni Leaves the Restaurant Beat Behind

Times‘ Frank Bruni Leaves The Restaurant Beat Behind

bruni.jpgFrank Bruni, the mysterious restaurant critic for The New York Times, is leaving his post after five years.

In an internal memo sent out today, executive editor Bill Keller said Bruni will be abandoning the restaurant beat this summer to promote his book “Born Round: the Secret History of a Full-Time Eater,” and take an “overdue vacation.” Afterward, Bruni will take up a position as writer-at-large for the Times magazine “where he will have license to follow his appetites — his journalistic appetites — wherever they lead him,” Keller said.

Now, the hunt is on for a replacement. Who do you think should take over?

Keller’s full memo, with some fond words about Bruni and his work, after the jump

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Summer Reality TV Fans Waiting For Baio

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Ray Richmond surveys the summer reality shows and cooks up some hot ideas of his own. Our fave:

Are You Smarter Than a Golden Retriever?
It’s human vs. canine for all the marbles in this reality game hosted by Paula Abdul that pits human contestants against golden retrievers in a series of challenges involving logic, probability and treat-based motivation.

Back in the real world of reality tv–an oxymoron of the purest distillation–

TV Envy likes The Next Best Thing.

Cathie Watches TV really hates On the Lot.

Frank Bruni at the NYT doesn’t think Top Chef is fraudulent or corrupt, just television. Same dif.

AV Club likes The Takedown.

FBLA is waiting for the Scott Baio show, and we’re not alone.

‘Gay Mafia’ At The New York Times?

out_closet_times.jpgWhile we chuckled at editor Aaron Hicklin‘s tongue-in-cheek Out cover — featuring long rumored-to-be-closeted celebrities Anderson Cooper and Jodie Foster — the new issue makes an interesting point about the paper of record in its “Power 50“:

“Yes, there really is a queer cabal in the Eastern elite media, and it works on West 43rd Street in New York City.” According to Out, T magazine editor Stefano Tonchi, assistant managing editor Richard Berke, national correspondent Adam Nagourney, advertising columnist Stuart Elliot, style reporter Eric Wilson, theater critic Ben Brantley and restaurant critic Frank Bruni are included in the Times‘ “gay mafia.”

Out says: “This is one group you don’t want to run into in a dark alley.”

“What are we going to do?” Elliot asked WWD. “Beat them with the Sunday Times?”

Bigger question: Has the Times become the Village Voice?

Meta Intel: New York Blog Rips Gawker On Lack Of Disclosure, Fails To Note Own

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Following a pair of Gawker posts — on the Observer‘s redesign and the undulating Frank Bruni imbroglio — today’s Daily Intel points out Gawker’s failure to disclose that managing editor Choire Sicha worked for the Observer and once dated Frank Bruni.

Daily Intel itself, though, fails to point out that its editor, Jesse Oxfeld, was Gawker’s longtime co-editor.

We’ll disclose that Oxfeld was once mediabistro.com’s editor.

We’ll also disclose that we asked Oxfeld to Lunch at Michael’s recently, but he was too “slammed.”

  • Today in Seemingly Required But Apparently Not Gawker Disclosures [Daily Intel]
  • Times‘ Bruni Goes To Penthouse Club For The Meat

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    He may be banned from all 29 Jeffrey Chodorow restaurants, but the Penthouse Club welcomes Frank Bruni with open, uh, arms

    It’s no secret the New York Timesmuch lambasted food critic Frank Bruni is said to be gay. And he’s rather out about it in today’s piece from the Penthouse Club, in which he and some buddies go to sample the steak while, he says, being less susceptible to other pleasures of the flesh. Still, he does sample a desert known as a “buttery nipple”:

    “It involves one of the women straddling your lap, tilting your head back, pouring a combination of Baileys Irish Cream and butterscotch schnapps down your throat, and squirting Reddi-wip into your mouth. It costs $20 in cash. Note to the newspaper’s expense auditors: I don’t have a receipt.”

    Meanwhile, in a review of not food but TV, Virginia Heffernan tells us that American Idol‘s Paula Abdul has a “mom I’d like to sleep with” vibe.

    We’re blushing.

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