US food critic's review accidentally exposes cheating husband

A photo of a couple dining at a restaurant in a Washington Post review led to an infidelity revelation (not the photo pictured).
A photo of a couple dining at a restaurant in a Washington Post review led to an infidelity revelation (not the photo pictured). Photo credit: File; Tom Sietsema / Twitter

An American woman was left reeling when a simple search for a dinner venue revealed her husband's infidelity.

Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema was caught off-guard when an anonymous woman responded to his live chat, claiming his recent restaurant review had inadvertently exposed her unfaithful spouse.

"Well Tom, your latest review is accompanied by a picture of my husband dining with a woman who isn't me," the woman wrote, according to screenshots shared by Sietsema on Thursday.

"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."

A shocked Sietsema replied: "Please, please, please tell me this is a crank post. I'd hate to learn otherwise.

"I file two reviews a week for Food and the Magazine, so I'm not sure which restaurant this is."

The food critic shared the woman's message to his social media with a warning: "Cheaters, take heed!"  

Twitter users took to the comments to tell their stories of cheaters being unintentionally exposed by the media.

"A former colleague of mine got similarly caught out. His wife was flicking through a holiday brochure and was stunned to see a pic of her husband poolside at an upscale Spanish resort with another woman. They divorced soon after," one man wrote.

"The Inquirer would print a picture on the first day of spring, showing a scene of springtime. One time it was two lovers under a tree, holding hands. Only they were married to other people. Frontpage," another said.

The scandal has caused controversy in the comments, a number of people questioning the authenticity of the woman's claims. 

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