Ever since the days of Ruth Reitchl's many guises during her six years at the New York Times, food critics have been thought of as mysterious, glamorous and in hot pursuit. It's a job that's at the top of many foodies' dream list of professions.
But just how does one go about becoming a food critic? An article on WikiHow seems to have all the answers. Simply titled How To Become a Food Critic, the article breaks it down in nine easy steps.
The first step, not surprisingly, is learning how to write newspaper-quality articles. Here's some great advice on the topic: ''You can have the most discriminating palate in the world, but you'll never make it as a food critic if you can't communicate well.''
From there, a food critic wannabe should work in restaurants to familiriaze themselves with what is happening in the back of the house. Don't know what 'back of the house' means? Then you better brush up on kitchen basics before trying to walk down the path of critiquing food.
Without a trace of irony, the article goes on to encourage folks to read and educate themselves in all things food. It also recommends reading the work of great food writers like M.F.K. Fischer and Elizabeth David.
But it's not all rainbows and butterflies as the article warns you to ''be prepared for a barrage of e-mails from the restaurant's fans telling you that you don't know what you're talking about'' after writing a negative review.
So, is it really possible to learn how to become a food writer in just nine steps? Check out the list and let us know what you think.