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Meet The Globe and Mail's new restaurant critic

The Globe's new food critic Chris Nuttall-Smith

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Chris Nuttall-Smith, the Globe's new Toronto restaurant critic, has written about food for the last decade. His work has appeared in Esquire, New York magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Gourmet Live, and enRoute, for which he was tasked with picking the 10 best new Canadian restaurants of 2009.

One of his first articles in The Globe and Mail was about baking his own four-tiered, 20-kilogram wedding cake. He has also written about cooking and eating mealworms; Toronto's 100 most iconic foods; working at the stove in a professional kitchen for a night; and eating his way around Copenhagen – a story that's shortlisted for a national magazine award next month. It's one of three nominations Mr. Nuttall-Smith received for solo work in the past year.

Before joining the Globe last fall as national food reporter, Mr. Nuttall-Smith was the restaurant columnist and chief critic at Toronto Life magazine; he worked as the magazine's food editor before that. He calls himself a "vastly overambitious" home cook. His first job was as a busboy at a Greek restaurant in White Rock, B.C., and he was a waiter for several years before becoming a journalist.

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Matt Galloway, the host of CBC Radio's Metro Morning, recently called Mr. Nuttall-Smith "a guy who eats like he's going to the electric chair." His column debuts next Saturday in Globe T.O.

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