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Jay Rayner Responds to Adam Platt Going Unanonymous

Hillary Dixler Canavan is Eater's restaurant editor and the author of the publication's debut book, Eater: 100 Essential Restaurant Recipes From the Authority on Where to Eat and Why It Matters (Abrams, September 2023). Her work focuses on dining trends and the people changing the industry — and scouting the next hot restaurant you need to try on Eater's annual Best New Restaurant list.

Following New York magazine critic Adam Platt's decision to reveal his identity, UK critic Jay Rayner voices his approval over Twitter. Rayner — who appears on television and whose photograph runs alongside his reviews — writes that he has "yet to find a bad restaurant which becomes a good one because I arrive," echoing a previous argument he has made in favor of unanonymous reviewing.

Rayner also points out other practical considerations that make anonymity difficult. In one tweet he says that restaurant reviewings is not a full time job, meaning he has "to do other things, which compromise that anonymity." He adds that if being unanonymous "compromises" the quality of his writing, he will get fired. While Rayner clearly feels Platt made the right decision, he does note that anonymity has its upsides, like how famously anonymous UK critic Marina O'Loughlin "get[s] the skinny on crappy service in a way I cannot." Check out the tweets below:

· @jayrayner1 [Twitter]
· New York Magazine Critic Reveals His Identity [-E-]
· All Critics Coverage on Eater [-E-]