“Holy cow!” exclaimed Dominic Dean, his eyes wide as saucers, as he stared in awe and excitement at the towering sandwich placed in front of him.
The 16-year-old Milwaukee native is an up-and-coming food critic with a special twist — a focus on positivity and kindness.
Dominic, who is on the autism spectrum, struggled with communication skills for years. Then, in spring 2019, his eighth-grade teacher recognized his passion for food, cooking shows and the restaurant business and encouraged him to begin reviewing local establishments as a way to improve his writing and speaking skills.
“Because he’s so highly interested, it’s a good jumping-off point,” said Dominic’s mother, Amy Dean.
Since then, Dominic has reviewed nearly 100 restaurants in the Milwaukee, Chicago, Indianapolis and, now, Pittsburgh areas. He boasts nearly 10,000 followers on Facebook and has become somewhat of a local celebrity in the Wisconsin food scene.
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