A food reviewer has been made to eat his words after he mentioned a sous chef in a critical restaurant review without knowing he had died two years earlier.
Blair Anthony Robertson's review of Silva's Sheldon Inn in California's Sacremento Bee was published yesterday, praising the quality of ingredients yet calling the restaurant "not inspiring".
"Silva's Sheldon Inn remains a favorite for folks in and around Elk Grove," he wrote.
"But is it a dining destination? For the curious and those seeking country charm and solid cooking? Sure. For foodies? Not anymore."
Robertson downgraded the inn's rating to two-and-a-half stars.
The review also included a reference to Don Brown, the former sous chef at the Inn, who died in 2010 of a stroke. Brown's death had been noted on the restaurant's website.
After criticism from readers on Facebook, Robertson apologised for his mistake and admitted he failed to "connect with restaurant's owners prior to publication".
"I have already heard from many of Mr Brown's friends and loved ones, and I want to apologise for the jolt of pain and anguish the error caused."
A note from the editor has also been added to the bottom of the review and mention of Brown has been removed from the article.