Fired Chicago Food Critic Is in for a Tough Blogging Future

Pat Bruno, restaurant critic of 27 years for the Chicago Sun-Times, got fired over the weekend in a "very unprofessional" way, he told Time Out Chicago: He was put off by the  phone call from a "mid-level editor" instead of one of the senior people he's known for years. Now he says he plans to start a local food blog, but the longtime critic has been a pretty grouchy voice in the city's food journalism scene, so while his fellow future bloggers will surely take note of what he writes and link to him, they might not be very nice about it. 

Bruno hasn't made many friends in the Chicago food blog world, and he's been straight-up mean to some. He told Chicagoist's Chuck Sudo to "get a life" when Sudo pointed out he had apparently reviewed the same restaurant twice (Sudo tweeted earlier: "I still list Bruno telling me to go fuck myself as a high point of my writing career"). He and Grub Street's Helen Rosner sparred over her report that he had outed himself on an episode of Throwdown with Bobby Flay. Now that he's planning to start a food blog of his own, he won't go ignored by his soon-to-be colleagues, but Rosner, now the editor of Saveur.com, said via instant messenger that not all the attention he's likely to be paid will necessarily be positive.

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