Besides, so much of what we do depends on the participation of restaurant professionals—thanks, Daniel Humm and Charles Phan, for making videos with us! But what if I didn't like Humm's Eleven Madison or Phan's Slanted Door? Would I hold back on the negative comments because they are our collaborators? Would I choose not to negatively review, say, Prune, because it would be awfully nice if Gabrielle Hamilton shot something with us? But hey, that would never happen, because I love Prune, Gabrielle! (See what I mean?) What do you think? Should somebody who has a professional relationship with restaurants and restaurateurs—me, I mean—be able to review restaurants? Or even participate in Chowhound discussions?
Photograph by Chris Rochelle