For those interested in food writing and more specifically writing a food or restaurant critique, it is hard to know where to begin or how to write a successful critique. The best way to get experience is to experience. Although that sounds redundant and is common knowledge, it is something that needs to be said. In order to become a successful food critic you need to get out and experience as much food and as a variety of restaurants as you can in order to establish what is “good” and what is not.
Experience is not the only thing you will need to be a successful food critic, you will also need to take a very ethical approach to your critique/review. Some tips from the Association of Food Journalists include being honest and unbiased in your critique, to evaluate a whole situation as thoroughly as possible before publishing your work, and to be careful with negative reviews. It is important to have a high ethical standard when being a food critic because your reviews and evaluations reflect not only you but also the establishment you are writing about, thus putting them on the line.