Reviewers, Critics, Food Bloggers, Food Blaggers, Foodies. In spite of what you may think we are created drastically different with varying motives. Let's start with the bottom of the proverbial barrel.
Food Blaggers, these are the people who can't write past an 11 year old, with inconsistent descriptions that they probably saw on the food network. They know what their taste buds are telling them as underdeveloped as they may be. Their aim is to get free food and be seen on social media and by restaurant owners as a credible writer.
The Food Blogger is strangely different. They are food's biggest fans. They got into blogging only because of their love for food. With endless research on ingredients and dishes that they hope to have the privilege of trying one day. Passion is the only thing that gets them to the end of the article and while they may not have all the experience, their affair with food translates to the articles.
Foodies are very much like the bloggers however are still trying to find their place in the sea of fans that include all of the above. What they lack is direction, what aspect of this industry do I want to be a part of? Many of them lack writing skills but find their place through imagery. Writing can be learned and following their dreams usually help them to find their place.
We are now at the Reviewer, what's the difference between them and a critic. The difference my friend is status. Pay your dues be truthful, write well and one day you will be known as a critic.
Critics have worked hard to get where they are. Most of them are journalists who wrote and got published. Their resumes are longer than most and their love for gastronomic creativity led their noses to be higher than the average Joe with good reason too. They have fought through bad food and more than a few cases of food poisoning just to bring us a glimpse of what they experience through food. For all those who don't respect food, the Critic is there to remind us that great food is a privilege.
To live a life through food is to live fully and appreciate culture, history, defeat and triumph, success and failure. Respect them for they are the adventurers of our time.