After 25 years as a restaurant critic and food writer for Newsday, I estimate that I ate about 6,000 working meals on Long Island. After all that food over all those years, eating out for a living never got old.
I grew up in a Brooklyn home that, while happy, was gastronomically challenged. Thus was born my appreciation of and obsession with dishes made from scratch with skill and care.
In 1990, I landed my dream job as a restaurant critic and food writer for Newsday.
And, oh, what an appreciation of the Long Island restaurant industry I gained over 25 years. I have seen trends come and go – and know (sometimes before a chef does) whether a restaurant is in sync with or behind the times.
Now, I am using my critical skills as a consultant bent on making every restaurant realize its full promise and potential.