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Pete Wells is named New York Times restaurant critic

November 15, 2011 |  3:09 pm

New York Times Dining editor Pete Wells has been named the newspaper's new chief restaurant critic, succeeding Sam Sifton, who has been national editor since September.

According to a New York Times memo:

No one could be better prepared or respected for his superb writing, intimate knowledge of food and restaurants and deep commitment to our dining franchise. Pete has been Dining Editor since 2006. He has stepped in as acting critic himself — writing a half-dozen well-received columns in the interim between the great Bruni and Sifton eras.

Susan Edgerley, a former metro editor, will be the new Dining editor.

"We knew we were on the right track when more than one of the dozens of applicants around the country opened their queries by saying, ‘Pete should be the critic, but I'm available if you don’t pick him,’” according to the memo sent to New York Times staff. 

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