Robert Sietsema

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Robert Sietsema is a former food critic for the Village Voice from 1993 to 2013.[1][2] He is a member of the Organ Meat Society and contributor to Gourmet magazine.[3] After being laid off from the Voice in a round of downsizing, he was hired the following week by Eater, the New York City-based online food network, first as a feature writer before moving into the role of food critic.[4]


Of Dutch descent, Sietsema is from the Midwest. Around 1978 he left college to move to New York City, where his wife-to-be was moving. He worked in a book publishing house and later became the bass player for a band called Mofungo for 12 years, which had Elliott Sharp on guitar. The band had several releases.

He started a newsletter called Down the Hatch and charged $10 a year for five issues.[5]

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  1. ^ "Robert Sietsema, Restaurant Critic". Gothamist. Archived from the original on 2009-07-12. Retrieved 2009-07-16. Since 1993, Robert Sietsema has been eating his way through New York on behalf of the Village Voice; his specialty is shedding light on restaurants and cuisines that may have gone otherwise undetected by a broader audience. ...
  2. ^ "New York's legendary food warrior takes aim at Restaurant Girl". Metromix. Retrieved 2009-07-16. Robert Sietsema, the Village Voice food scribe and curator of its recent inaugural Choice Eats gala, is renowned for how closely he guards his anonymity....
  3. ^ "Backgrounder: Robert Sietsema". New York University. 2004. Archived from the original on 2010-06-20. Retrieved 2009-07-16.
  4. ^ "Robert Sietsema author page,".
  5. ^ Michael T. Kaufman (October 6, 1993). "A Random Tasting Tour And the Flavor Is Ethnic". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-07-16.

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