(Warning: This post contains spoilers. Food-media inside baseball, too. You've been warned.)
For more than a year now, the parody Twitter account of Ruth Bourdain
has delighted -- and grossed out -- the food world with his/her mash-up of the haiku-like tweets of former New York Times
restaurant critic and Gourmet
editor-in-chief Ruth Reichl
and the gleeful obscenity and fuck-the-Man spirit of author and television host Anthony Bourdain
. The account even won an award for "Humor" from the James Beard Foundation.
Guessing the identity of Ruth Bourdain has become something of a parlor game for celebrity chefs, members of the food media and many of her 45,000-plus followers.
Now, Lee Svitak Dean of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune
has fingered a prime suspect:
Dean believes that Robert Sietsema, the restaurant critic for our sister paper Village Voice, is Ruth Bourdain
How do I know who Ruth Bourdain is? He was tweeting while listening to the same speaker I was, in a closed room in Charleston, SC, at a conference with the Association of Food Journalists. Ruth, Ruth, Ruth. You wanted to be found out!
For what it's worth, Sietsema issued a (sort of) denial to Eater this morning