Thursday, February 08, 2007

Dining search turns into reality show

OK, I know this whole vote-for-a-critic-thing is silly. But we're very serious about hiring the right candidate. So if you're voting for your favorite critic candidate on, please read not just the pizza blurb but the previous full sample review as well.

If you're reading the samples on this site, please click on the January archive to get the early entries.

So, what do you think of this process?

Have I gone off the deep end sticking Groucho noses on all the candidates?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

where are the latest blurbs and how do you vote?

5:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do the pizza blurb numbers correspond to the sample review numbers? Where do you vote?

7:06 AM  
Blogger Warren Epstein said...

We had some technical difficulties. Please try it again at and click on go!

The numbers correspond to the new sample review numbers, not the numbers on this blog. (It would have been confusing for readers, who would have wondered by the numbers skip around.)

10:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm trying to vote for a friend and I can check their box but when I "submit" there is an error or the "submit" button isn't there at all.

I will try again on Sat.

3:41 PM  
Blogger Warren Epstein said...

The only issue I know of involving the submit button is that once you vote, and then call it up again, the submit button disappears.

we've gotten over 120 votes already, so it seems to be working for most people now.

5:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Caught! I logged on again, to get my wife to vote.

5:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

should the candidates be telling friends to vote or is this supposed to be anonymous voting too?

6:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since you asked. Yes, you have gone over the deep end!
Of course, this is a popularity contest. Of course people are telling their friends. Who doesn't when applying for a job?
The idea of selecting the most qualified job candidate went by the wayside when the samples were posted on a blog. Most employers want a candidate with experience and the ability to get on board quickly, among many other things including education/ background. The process here is a publicity stunt and there is no reason to believe that the best candidate will get the job. By allowing the public to make a choice, Warren is absolving himself of any responsibility when it doesn't work out.

7:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As someone who is going through the process, I initially felt the same way. But I get it now. Warren will NOT select a person that can't write. But with 50 applicants, he has tried to make it fun for us and the readers. In the end when he widdles the list down to 3-5 people, it will be all about the writing, knowledge of food and background. And for the rest of the applicants, it will have been a great opportunity to share our love of food. That's not a bad deal.

2:30 PM  
Blogger Warren Epstein said...

You know, I had my doubts, especially when, early on, the one with the most votes was one of my least-favorite entries. I was afraid I'd have to use that veto power I mentioned in passing.

I knew that people would try to get all their family and friends to vote. But looking at the top three, it's clear to me that the majority of voters (and there were hundreds and hundreds) were impartial third parties with good taste.

For the final round, although I will offer a reality-show twist of sorts, I'll reserve the final vote for myself.

The accusation that I did this to absolve myself of responsibility is nuts. Watching the voting was nerve-wracking... and it would have been so much easier to just choose my favorites.

The reason I did this was because I thought it would be fun for readers. People love to vote for stuff, even trivial stuff.

I had a blast with this, and I think the participants (voters and contestants) did, too.

4:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When will we see the results?

7:57 AM  
Blogger Warren Epstein said...

Next Friday.

1:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

congrats to the finalists, I didn't make it through so I am routing for 28, #8 should check their facts because Momma Alogne said the main ingredient in her sauce was canned tomatoes "picked and canned when the tomatoes are ripe and good enough to eat out of the can with a teaspoon"

5:46 PM  

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