Are some food critics too harsh?

foodcritic.jpgLast month, when LA Times food critic Irene Virbila arrived to dine at the restaurant Red Medicine, she was made to wait 40 minutes before a camera flashed in her face and the manager demanded that she leave.

The manager then posted Virbila's picture on his website, thus blowing her 16 year cover as a food critic. He says he did so because her reviews can be "unnecessarily cruel and irrational".

Naturally, the incident has stirred up controversy among critics and restauranteurs alike. We want to know what you think:  what do you make of the "outing" of Irene Virbila? Are some food critics too harsh? Should restaurateurs have the right to refuse reviews? 

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