World-Herald food reviewers follow a set of strict guidelines.
Writers visit each establishment the newspaper reviews at least two times. The World-Herald seeks comment from chefs and/or owners after the visits are complete, informs them of our impressions of the restaurant and gives them the opportunity to respond.
The newspaper gives new restaurants at least one month, often times longer, before a review. Visits are unannounced and anonymous. World-Herald reviewers do not accept any food or beverages for free. The newspaper pays for each meal a reviewer and their dining partners eat.
Sarah Baker Hansen, The World-Herald's lead critic, follows these guidelines, as do freelance food reviewers. Baker-Hansen is also a member of the Association of Food Journalists, a professional organization dedicated to preserving and perpetuating responsible food journalism across media platforms.