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The Daily Meal is back again with its latest arbitrary ranking of the top restaurant critics in the country. Since 2012, the site has asked chefs to give food writers a one- to four-star rating for culinary knowledge, prose style, (perceived) integrity, and personal likeability.

Washington Post critic Tom Sietsema came in at No. 8 with an overall 2.7 star rating, a slip from No. 2 last year. (The New York Times‘s Pete Wells took the top spot.) Still, the Daily Meal notes that comments about Sietsema were “overwhelmingly positive” over the past couple years beyond a few complaints that “everyone can recognize him” and that he is part of the “D.C. club.”

The Post’s $20 Diner columnist (and Y&H alum) Tim Carman clocked in at No. 17 with 2.3 overall stars, falling five spots from last year. He ranked near the bottom of the pack when it came culinary knowledge (seriously, chefs?), but he scored three stars for his prose in a six-way tie for third place.

Washingtonian critic Todd Kliman is not included in the ranking.

You’ll definitely want to take all this with a grain of salt. The Daily Meal Executive Editor Arthur Bovino tells Y&H that the scores are based on “dozens of chefs with national perspective of the nation’s restaurant scene and restaurant criticism across America.” Bovino says they contacted a “healthy number” of D.C. chefs, but the city’s chefs “didn’t step up to the plate.”

Check out the full ranking and a breakdown of scores below:

#28 Craig Laban, Philadelphia Inquirer

#27 Stan Sagner, Daily News (New York City)

#26 Leslie Brenner, Dallas Morning News

#25 Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register (L.A.)

#24 Steve Cuozzo, New York Post

#23 Ryan Sutton, Eater NY

#22 Alison Cook, Houston Chronicle

#21 Daniel Vaughn, Texas Monthly (Dallas)

#20 Robert Sietsema, Eater NY

#19 Robb Walsh, Houstoniamag.com

#18 Alan Richman, GQ (New York City)

#17 Tim Carman, the Washington Post

#16 John Mariani, Newsletter and Huffington Post (New York City)

#15 Josh Ozersky, Esquire (New York City)

#14 Adam Platt, New York magazine

#13 Phil Vettel, Chicago Tribune

#12 Bill Addison, Eater Restaurant Editor (National)

#11 Pat Sharpe, Texas Monthly

#10 Brett Anderson, the Times-Picayune (New Orleans)

#9 Corby Kummer, the Atlantic (Boston)

#8 Tom Sietsema, the Washington Post

#7 S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times

#6 Andrew Knowlton, Bon Appétit (New York City)

#5 Jeffrey Steingarten, Vogue (New York City)

#4 Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle

#3 Ligaya Mishan, the New York Times

#2 Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Times

#1 Pete Wells, the New York Times

Tom Sietsema

Culinary Knowledge: 2.78 stars, 10th (2013: 3.13, 3rd; 2012: 2.92, 2nd)

Prose Style: 2.86 stars, 10th (2013: 3.09, 3rd; 2012: 2.70, 7th)

Integrity: 2.5 stars, 13th (2013: 3.6, 3rd; 2012: 2.70, 7th)

Like to Share a Meal? 2.8 stars, 5th (2013: 3.33, 2nd; 2012: 2.34, 8th)

OVERALL: 2.735 stars, 8th (2013: 3.29, 2nd; 2012: 2.72, 4th)

Tim Carman

Culinary Knowledge: 2 stars, 25th (2013: 2.75, 9th; 2012: 1.95, 19th)

Prose Style: 3 stars, 3rd (2013: 2.29, 16th; 2012: 2, 18th)

Integrity: 2.25 stars, 17th (2013: 2.86, 8th; 2012: 2, 18th)

Like to Share a Meal? 1.8 stars, 23rd (2013: 2.33, 15th; 2012: 1.4, 20th)

OVERALL: 2.26 stars, 17th (2013: 2.56, 12th; 2012: 1.79, 19th)

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