Imagine opening the Washington Post to read food critic, Tom Sietsema’s feature one day and seeing a picture of your husband enjoying a delicious meal but you’re not the woman he’s dining with. The day before Thanksgiving, Tom opened himself up to questions from his readers via an online chat. Imagine his shock when this comment popped up in the chat:
“Well, Tom, your latest review is accompanied by a picture of my husband dining with a woman who isn’t me! Once confronted with photographic evidence, he confessed to having an ongoing affair. Just thought you’d be amused to hear of your part in the drama. This Thanksgiving, I’m grateful to you for exposing a cheat!”
Tom Sietsema reposted a screenshot of the comment on his Twitter account with the warning “Cheaters, take heed!” and he commented on the woman’s post to his online chat that he hoped that this was a “crank” post. Twitter users came up with two assumptions, either the post was made-up or a sign that in the age of the internet cheaters will always get caught somehow.
When the Washington City Paper food editor, Laura Hayes, reposted Tom’s post the internet went to work as super sleuths and investigators. Memes and GIFs quickly began popping up as everyone wanted to see just who the cheater was and find the photo in question.
Tom Sietsema’s Q&A live chat made food go viral. The spice had been served with a side of a little tea and the internet ate it all up. The Twitter comments on the post were almost as rich as the cheater getting caught via a food review. Just a few included “Service journalism, brotherman”, “Snitches get dishes”, “Looks like one turkey got busted, not basted”, and more.
Delish freelance, Korin Miller, advised if you’re planning on cheating, you probably shouldn’t do it at the hottest new restaurant in town. The story of the cheating diner quickly spread throughout the internet and even made its way to Fox News. Even Sietsema reported to The Daily News that he is “delicately” trying to figure out who the wine-sipping cheater is.
It goes to say that in this age of technology, you never know who may be watching you. Whether the post from the spurned wife was a “gag” comment from a witty fan or a tale of true disloyalty, it certainly served up the flavor for the foodies.