William Grimes farewell piece as restaurant reviewer for the New York Times surveys how New York’s culinary scene has changed since he took the job five years ago. As New York goes, so goes America. Even in the culinary dead end where I live, the overall restaurant scene has improved to an incredible degree in the past 6 years or so. Honestly, I think that Food TV has played no small part in this transformation, perhaps not in New York, but elsewhere in the culinary hinterlands where most people dwell. It brought the idea of gourmet food and the idea that good food is more than just a pretentious affectation of snobs to places where the difference between curly parsley and Italian flat leaf parsley was never contemplated, and I think that most people have benefitted.