The Year in Food 2007

Restaurant Critic Exposed!

On April 16, Jonathan Gold became the first food writer to win a Pulitzer Prize for criticism. As the restaurant critic for LA Weekly, the sometimes awkward former music writer (dubbed Nervous Cuz by Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre) has reviewed everything from hole-in-the-wall noodle shops to grocery stores for his weekly column, Counter Intelligence. His unique approach and willingness to eat just about anything earned him the prize for what the Pulitzer organization calls his “zestful” writing. His victory was not without personal cost, of course; he proudly told the New York Times that he has had “dozens” of bouts of food poisoning. “When they listed the 400 restaurants in L. A. that had failed inspection, I realized that I had been to 110 of them.” —Kate Ramos