The Globe and Mail’s West Coast restaurant critic Alexandra Gill discusses restaurant reviewing in Vancouver, and more with Joseph Planta.
Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:
I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver at TheCommentary.ca.
I’m really pleased to have Alexandra Gill on now. She is the Globe and Mail’s West Coast restaurant critic. I’m a fan of her work, because the reviews are lively, cogent, fair, and thoughtful. Others have described her reviews as scathing, bitchy, and have left many a restaurateur to cringe. Everyone though seems to read her. We’ll find out what it’s like to have such a reputation, how she does her job, and is being a food critic in Vancouver as glamorous or gluttonous as some might see it as. We’ll look at the restaurant scene in Vancouver, as well maybe reflect on some of the trends seen in our restaurants. She joined the paper in 1997, and moved here from Toronto to cover the arts scene from 2001 to 2007. She was nominated for a National Newspaper Award in 2005. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, Alexandra Gill; Good morning, Ms. Gill.