After nearly five years on the job, restaurant critic Richard Gorelick is leaving his post at The Sun. He announced the decision last night in a post on his personal Facebook page.
Previously writing reviews for City Paper and The Sun's Live section, Gorelick took over critic duties in September 2010, following Elizabeth Large's retirement after 37 years on the job.
In a statement provided to City Paper, Gorelick touched on his favorite parts of the gig and how he handled coverage of Baltimore's dining scene:
Of course I'll miss this job. On the best days, I'd lose my mind over a restaurant and not be able to wait to tell everyone about it. And I think I do enthusiasm really well.
The hard part was that I felt like I was responsible for reviewing small businesses, because that's what most restaurants are. They're not multi-million dollar movies or a painting on the wall. They're someone's life. And I think I found a way to respect that and still make the reviews entertaining and useful for the reader.
I'm leaving to do something else, and I'm going to take some time to think about what that is.
People are surprised when I tell them I work every day in the newsroom. But that was the best part.
Asked if he could expand on his reasons for leaving, Gorelick responded via email: "Mostly I want to see what else I can do. Deciding to resign was difficult, and there were some personal reasons that came into play. But once I made the decision, I knew it was the right one."
Like most food critics, Gorelick keeps a low visual profile, so as not to tip off restaurant owners when they are being reviewed—hence the reason we don't have a proper picture for this post. But he did promise to "come out" on Facebook sometime this weekend.
Just this morning, Gorelick wrote what is sure to be one of his last posts, a news item on the closing of Hamilton restaurant Clementine.