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"Never trust anyone who calls himself a 'gourmet.' He's probably pompous, rich, white, middle-aged and male, with a passion for 'fine dining,' an expression that makes real foodies reach for their revolvers."

— British food writer Paul Levy, from an op-ed in London's The Telegraph, railing against a recently released list of the "World's 50 Best Restaurants" by Restaurant magazine. The list included just three British restaurants. Levy is credited with coining the term "foodie" in the 1984 book he co-authored, The Official Foodie Handbook.

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