The first well-known practioner in the public mind was Duncan Hines…long before he was cake mix. Once complete, this web site will take you through his day as a printing salesman working out of Kentucky into Cincinnati and Columbus, the turf for his early reviews of restaurants. But the first real imprint of legitimate restaurant reviews was made by The New York Times and The Chicago Tribune. The Dispatch Printing Co. has a place in this history. The Columbus Star, an entertainment weekly owned by The Dispatch, ran legitimate reviews in 1960. However, they were heavy with cocktail references. Wines had yet to surface in restaurant studies. It was The Star that set down the following code of ethics.

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