Sam Sifton Named New York Times' Restaurant Critic

august 5, 2009  02:14 pm
In a move that once again demonstrates the enormous influence that alternative newspapers have had on contemporary food writing, the gray lady announced this afternoon that the former managing editor of the New York Press will replace Frank Bruni as the paper's restaurant critic. It's not necessarily a promotion for Sifton, who vacates his position as the Times' culture editor to take the marquee assignment. In his staff announcement, executive editor Bill Keller calls Sifton "a writer of discernment and wit and erudition."