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Las Vegas residents paying salary of controversial food critic

Posted at 6:26 PM, Jul 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-05 21:26:21-04

13 Action News has learned a food critic in hot water for controversial comments is an employee with the city of Las Vegas.

John Curtas has been a city deputy attorney for the last three years.

He's been an outspoken food critic in town for nearly 25 years.

"I think I'm an opinionated guy when it comes to eating and drinking in Las Vegas, and I'm a bit of a curmudgeon," Curtas said when asked to describe his social media persona.

City Attorney Brad Jerbic said over the phone that what Curtas does in his own time as a blogger is not the city's concern.

Jerbic says Curtas' posts have never been a problem.

"The mayor and the city council and the city attorney were well aware of my reputation when they hired me," Curtas said. "They know my biggest commitment is to helping people eat better and to look better when they're doing it."

Curtas isn't a stranger to controversy. 

In 2012, he tweeted a video of a Japanese yodeler and called it 'the best Jap-German collaboration since 1941.'

Other tweets of his this year show the kind of online image he's cultivated.

There was a Facebook post last week some loyal followers didn't like.

Curtas called a woman next to him in a Strip restaurant "Miss-Leg-Tatts-Bulging-Out-Of-Her-Jean-Jorts."

"To me, it was over the top," said Taj Ainlay, a Curtas fan. "It was body shaming basically."

Curtas told 13 Action News at the time that the woman's outfit is what offended him.

"It's not about fat shaming," Curtas said last week. "It's about slob-ism in America. It's about caring what you look like and self-respect and respect for the restaurants."

Curtas says when it comes to his reputation, he believes the pluses of what he does outweigh the minuses.