But where things get especially interesting is how those stars were delivered. Though Wells awarded more stars in total, he seems spread he spread them around: 15 of his reviews have been two-star. Sifton and Bruni seemed to be more comfortable delivering one-star reviews when they first took on the job.
And The Daily Meal notes initial reviews are not necessarily predictive: though Sifton was much more star-stingy in his first six months than Bruni, the two critics ultimately finished their tenures with the same star average: after more than five years and 264 reviews, the average Bruni verdict was 1.6 stars; Sifton, who wrote 100 reviews in two years, averaged 1.4.
For much, much more statistical analysis on the Times food critics, check out The Daily Meal's full report.