Omnivore - AJC's Meridith Ford Goldman flouts a conflict of interest
Shaun Doty, owner-chef of Shauns in Inman Park, has enjoyed loads of favorable reviews from local critics.
Creative Loafings Besha Rodell gave the restaurant four stars after it opened in 2007 and Cliff Bostock writes glowingly of Dotys cooking in this weeks CL. Similar kind words came from Atlanta Magazine.
But the AJCs Meridith Ford (now Meridith Ford Goldman) may have been the most effusive of all. She declared in her January 2007 review that “there is no other restaurant of this caliber in Atlanta.” A nd it seems, at least, that a week has seldom gone by since without Goldman offering the restaurant plaudits in a blog post, a “best” this-or-that listing or even in reviews for other restaurants.
Thats why a few eyebrows were raised last month when foodies started hearing that Doty would cater at the AJC critics wedding party. Then, on Sept. 25, I practically choked on my chicken livers when the daily ran Goldmans article gushing about the chefs at her reception, held at South Fultons elegant Serenbe community. Ice cream, she said, was provided by Doty, “who was nice enough to make my favorite appetizer from his menu, Sardinian flatbread, as well.”
In the same article, entitled “Feast fit for a bride,” Goldman offered kind words (read: favorable, free publicity) for three other chefs with whom the wedding couple did business.