Just three weeks after announcing his own departure from Seattle Weekly to take up the critic post at SF Weekly, Jonathan Kauffman brings word this afternoon that his replacement will be none other than another decorated critic: James Beard Award winner and author Jason Sheehan. For the past eight years, Sheehan has been the restaurant critic for Denver's Westword (a sister paper to SF Weekly and Seattle Weekly; they like to keep things in the family, see), and most recently authored the acclaimed Cooking Dirty, a memoir of his years spent as a chef in Florida and New York.
Says Sheehan of the move:
"I've had a great run in Denver ... But other than Denver, there are only two or three other cities in the country where the food is interesting enough and the scene vital enough to tempt me into uprooting my entire life just for a chance at getting a taste. Seattle is one of those cities. And I can't wait for the opportunity to start causing trouble in a new time zone.Pretty lofty words of encouragement for both Denver and Seattle's burgeoning food scenes; Sheehan will begin his tenure with Seattle Weekly in mid-January.
· Beard Award Winner & Best-Selling Author Jason Sheehan Named New Seattle Weekly Restaurant Critic [SW]
· Seattle's Jonathan Kauffman Takes SF Weekly Critic Gig [Eater National]