Reviewer wrong

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I appreciate Tribune food critic Stuart Melling taking the time to review the Flora restaurant, of which I am owner and chef ("Flora's dishes don't match its grand interior," Tribune, Dec. 12). Flora's staff and I value all constructive feedback. We are also pleased The Trib selected our New York strip steak as "Dish of the week" (Dec. 20).

In his review, Melling claimed, "one of my meals came with peeling and cracking plaster." This statement misleads at best and is libelous at worst. I assume it was referring to a wall in the dining area that was slightly damaged and has since been repaired; however, this phrasing makes it sound as though we served him contaminated food.

A review may seem benign, but a careless and deceptive review has the power to ruin one's livelihood. I assume The Tribune holds its reviewers to the same standards of fact-checking and accuracy that it does other reporters.

Bryan Rubey