The Richmond Times-Dispatch has hired a new food critic, Executive Editor Paige Mudd told readers in a note Tuesday evening. Without naming him, she writes, “He’s local, he’s a great writer, he’s very knowledgeable about the industry and he’s passionate about food.”
That better be the case, because whoever this is has a daunting opening assignment: He’ll re-review all 22 restaurants his predecessor, Elliott Shaffner, put under the microscope, Mudd says.
The duplication comes thanks to Shaffner’s wide-ranging plagiarism, which infected her Times-Dispatch reviews with phrases from the Pulitzer-winning critic Jonathan Gold.
By email, Mudd tells Washingtonian the newspaper’s critics usually visit a restaurant twice before reviewing. That’s a lot of make-up meals for the new guy to get through!