Richard Gorelick named new Sun restaurant critic

Richard Gorelick, a freelance writer known for his witty and insightful prose style, has been named The Baltimore Sun's new restaurant critic.

When Gorelick joins the paper Monday, his duties will include reviewing the area's impressive array of restaurants and operating the Sun's successful food blog. Dining at Large was started by former restaurant critic Elizabeth Large, who retired in February after 37 years on the beat.

"Richard will do a great job," Large said. "His reviews are very knowledgeable and fun to read. And one of the great things about Richard is that he's not pretentious. It's so easy to be pretentious about food, and I don't think that works."

A native of Baltimore County, Gorelick graduated with a degree in creative writing from Carnegie Mellon University and later worked in public relations for the Walters Art Museum and Center Stage.

In 2002, he began writing "Omnivore" the weekly restaurant review for Baltimore City Paper. After six years with the weekly, Gorelick moved to The Sun in July 2008 to write weekly reviews for the Live section. Since Large's retirement, Gorelick has crafted the Sunday fine dining review and Wednesday's Table Talk column.

"I'm extremely honored to be taking over from someone who was as fearlessly precise in her writing about restaurants as Elizabeth was," Gorelick said.

"Restaurants are endlessly fascinating to me because they're the place where we all come together — and sometimes, don't come together. And that's interesting to me, too. I can't wait to start talking to the readers about their experiences and opinions."

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