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OC Register picks its chief food critic

One of the most talked-about of the open or new positions the Orange County Register is filling is the paper's food critic. Now we know the job will go to Brad A. Johnson, a freelancer and longtime Food and Wine contributor who had previously written about restaurants and travel for Angeleno and its sister magazines. Johnson won the James Beard Award for best restaurant critic in 2008. Gustavo Arellano, both editor and food writer at the OC Weekly — and author of a recent book on Mexican cuisine in America — approves.

Well, color us dumbfounded: we just found out from well-placed sources familiar with the matter that not only did the Reg not get it wrong, they got it fabulously right....

I'll leave the sniping for some other time. He's as great a choice as the Reg could've gotten--experienced yet still with wide eyes. And he does know OC food, having covered restaurants every once in a while for Angeleno.

Johnson's website.


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