Regarding Restaurant Critics and the Quest for Anonymity

The non-anonymous Andrew Knowlton. Photo: Dean Kauffman/Bon Appetit

"Nobody is anonymous anymore ... [It's] impossible these days just because of all the social media out there ... My thought is, I go to restaurants anonymously and if someone spots me, I feel that I'm wise enough to know if I'm being treated differently than other people. If a place isn't good or I don't like it, I just won't write about it ... And if the food sucks, there's nothing they're going to be able to do within five minutes to change that." Bon Appetit's Andrew Knowlton regarding the need for anonymity as a critic. Coincidentally this comes as Michael Bauer, whose anonymity is often a mutually agreed-upon fiction at many local restaurants, celebrates 25 years at the Chronicle. But c'mon Andrew kitchens probably do step up their game when they see you coming. [Feast]