Robert Sietsema was the food critic for the Village Voice from 1993 to 2013.   He is a member of the Organ Meat Society and contributor to Gourmet magazine.  After being laid off from the Voice in a round of downsizing, he was hired the following week by Eater, the New York City-based online food network, first as a feature writer before moving into the role of food critic. 
Of Dutch descent, Sietsema is from the Midwest. Around 1978 he left college to move to New York City, where his wife-to-be was moving. He worked in a book publishing house and later became the bass player for a band called Mofungo for 12 years, which had Elliott Sharp on guitar. The band had several releases.
He started a newsletter called Down the Hatch and charged $10 a year for five issues.