This Just In From the Wires: The New New York Times Restaurant Critic

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NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times has named one of its own editors to be the new chief restaurant critic.
Culture Editor Sam Sifton will replace Frank Bruni, who announced earlier this year that he was leaving the high-profile post.

Executive Editor Bill Keller said in an e-mail to staff Wednesday that Sifton will move into the critic’s chair in October. Keller said the paper had a list of impressive candidates, but decided to throw out the list and draft Sifton for the job.

Sifton has written occasional essays on food for the New York Times magazine. Keller called him “a writer of discernment and wit and erudition.

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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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