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François Simon (born 1953) is an author and a food critic,[1] rumored in French press to have been the model for Anton Ego, the food critic in the 2007 animated film Ratatouille[2] (though denied by the film's director, Brad Bird).[3] He spent most of his career writing for French daily Le Figaro, which he left at the beginning of 2014.[4]

He appears in a 2016 episode of the Netflix documentary series Chef's Table, discussing the cuisine of Adeline Grattard, chef at the restaurant Yam'Tcha in Paris.[5]


  1. ^ Lander, Nicholas France's most feared restaurant critic Financial Times. July 8, 2015
  2. ^ Booth, Michael (July 13, 2009). "Osaka - the world's greatest food city". The Guardian.
  3. ^ Sciolino, Elaine (January 13, 2009). "In Paris, a Critic Criticized". The New York Times.
  4. ^ Fraissard, Guillaume (October 25, 2013). "François Simon : hors champ". Le Monde (in French).
  5. ^ Brown, Robert (December 29, 2016). "Boobtubefood: "Chef's Table: France"". Diningology.