How to Write a Food Review

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How to Write a Food Review

  1. 1. r ite a foodHow to wrev iew? 20 11 J our nalism
  2. 2. The Job of a food reviewer The job of a food reviewer is to accurately convey the tastes,textures, smells, presentation and enjoy-ability of food eaten at a restaurant.
  3. 3. Be Willing to try newfoods.If not, writing food reviews is notgoing to be a good pastime orcareer for you.Be adventurous as a diner. Tryexotic foods that aren’t typical inthe U.S.Be open minded. Remember, foodcan be pretty creative.
  4. 4. Consider how you will record the experience.You can’t be too obvious because you don’t want the restaurant to know you are reviewing.
  5. 5. Assess the table set up before you begin the meal.Pay attention to details of what your table and the restaurant looks like, sounds like.
  6. 6. Order a broad rangeOrder food that gives as broad anexperience as possible of themenu in front of you.Order an appetizer, entrée anddessert.Ask for the waiter’srecommendations.Pay attention to what otherpeople are eating.
  7. 7. Assess as you eat.• The presentation - clean,beautiful or messy andtired?• The temperature - wasthe warm meal warm orwas it cold?• The level of cooking -was the food cooked toperfection, under cooked
  8. 8. Ask questionsThings to try and discern include:Does the waiting staff know theirfood and ingredients? Do they knowwhere the fish was caught, whetherthe vegetables are organic, whetherthe beef was grain-fed?How do they respond if you make acompliment or a complaint?Are they able to recommend wine toaccompany the meal?
  9. 9. Consider theambiance.Does it seem that people areenjoying themselves?Or is the restaurant emptyingquickly or not filling up at all?Consider overall presentation ofthe place and the friendliness ofstaff.
  10. 10. Talk about the food!While it’s important to considerambiance, staff, comfort,cleanliness, etc., it’s most vital totalk about the food!Describe it. What are yourobservations eating it?
  11. 11. Don’t exaggerateDid you like something? Did younot like something? We want toknow, and the more vivid thedescription, the better for thoseof us who may not know what theplace is like.But dont overdo it, either. Im notgoing to believe it if you tell methat a certain menu item tasteslike blood.
  12. 12. More opinions,fewer factsTheres nothing wrong with tellingus whats on the menu at anyrestaurant. There is somethingwrong, however, if you dont giveus your opinions on those menuitems, even if its as simple as "Ihavent tried this before." In thedays of the Internet, its prettysimple to just go to anyrestaurants website to see whatthey offer.
  13. 13. Enjoy the food and getwriting.

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