I spent some time looking into this and decided to share some insight since most of the comments seem to be based only on the Indy spin and really only part of the story. As it turns out, the whole theme of the article is just silly, attention grabbing BS. The writer knew exactly why Crawford chose not to be reviewed by her. You see, Crawford sent a very professional letter to her editor long before this article was written explaining his choice. The readers and commenters have been a bit duped here. After reading comments on other forums and social media, it appears Crawford is not the only chef in the area food scene questioning the writers qualifications. He is just the only one to say "no thank you". Although, I have a feeling she will hear that much more often going forward.
Now lets get real for a minute on some of these comments. I saw things like "flash in the pan, mediocre, lazy, food fraud etc. It would seem that some 1 post wonders might have a vendetta here? Does anyone actually believe that those are words that describe a chef with a 20 plus year career, three mobil 5 star achievements, four James Beard nominations and hundreds of articles and accolades? Someone with an axe to grind also made the irresponsible and inaccurate statement that Crawford doesn't care about the community. Guess what folks, while that commenter was busy being a keyboard crusader, Crawford spent his time prepping for a charity event that he is involved in tomorrow. Yep, the same weekend that some anonymous poster called him names, he donated his time, resources and day off to his community. I'm all for reading different opinions but uninformed comments are irresponsible and the name calling comments are clearly personal, opportunistic and ridiculous.
Lets set the record straight, yes I know Chef Crawford and yes I am probably biased, but I do know the real scoop. Crawford is a successful business owner in your community who busted his butt to open his own restaurant, he is an amazing leader and mentor with an incredible team he considers family, he is a culinary artist who cares more about food than any of us will ever understand and he spent 20 years of dedication to building his brand. He has certainly earned the right to say "no thank you" to a food reviewer with questionable tenure from a publication that he doesn't trust to be responsible. In the end Indy just proved him right. They ran a sensationalized victim story with half the facts and allowed irresponsible commenters to go unchecked and unchallenged.
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