Gael Greene, 40-Year New York Magazine Food Critic, Let Go

12/21/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

New York magazine's longtime food critic, Gael Greene, has been let go after 40 years of writing about New York dining for the magazine.

"New York magazine - and its readers -owe Gael a huge debt of gratitude for her years of smart, witty, and thoughtful restaurant criticism," the magazine said in a statement. "In a tightening economy, our company is simply no longer able to support four separate restaurant critics; we wish Gael nothing but the best in her many successful endeavors."

Greene told that her surprise firing is akin to "cutting off your nose to spite your face."

WowOWow has more about Greene's history with the magazine and her future plans:

Handpicked by the magazine's founder, Clay Felker, in 1968, Greene, seen here from a 1971 meal, worked tirelessly to bring readers the best -- and sometimes the worst -- of the Big Apple's food scene. She stood as the magazine's weekly critic until 2000, when she asked to be replaced and become a contributing editor, but continued writing weekly columns and started her own online project, Insatiable Critic....

At least now Greene wil have more time to spend on her sustenance-centric charity, Citymeals-on-Wheels, which she founded 27 years ago and has used to help deliver more than 40 million meals to the city's frail and needy. That sounds far more fulfilling than informing New York readers about culinary trends, although we'll certainly miss Greene's unique take!

Photo of Gael Greene by Stephen Richter (via)

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