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#1 mamster

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Posted 31 August 2002 - 08:43 AM

To what lengths do you think a restaurant critic should go to remain anonymous? I assume you reserve under pseudonyms or guest names, but have you ever put on a disguise? Been recognized in a restaurant and had to figure out how to deal with it?
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#2 David Corcoran

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Posted 02 September 2002 - 02:04 PM

I've never worn a disguise (except 10 extra pounds). My strong suspicion is that New Jersey restaurateurs do not spend their days expecting a visit from a restaurant critic -- unlike their Manhattan counterparts, who live in constant fear of a Grimes landing.

#3 David Corcoran

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Posted 02 September 2002 - 02:15 PM

Oh, and have I ever been recognized? Not on a first visit, I'm reasonably sure, and I've never knowingly been recognized even on a second visit.

But maybe dozens of chefs are laughing behind their hands at the naïveté of that remark.