Leslie Brenner discusses her career as a dining critic on KERA's Friday Conversation podcast.

Leslie Brenner discusses her career as a dining critic on KERA's Friday Conversation podcast.

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Leslie Brenner talked about  her future life as a civilian diner, her clash with John Tesar and why she's leaving The Dallas Morning News in an interview with KERA-FM (90.1) on Friday. 

Brenner announced Monday that she was leaving The News, where she has been the lead restaurant critic. She'll take a senior management position with Rebees, a Dallas-based company founded in 2014 by developer Tristan Simon. 

In KERA's Friday Conversation podcast, Brenner said she's making the jump because she's been a journalist for 29 years, "and I feel like I've taken it as far as I can take this for myself."

Podcast: Leslie Brenner talks with KERA about leaving the DMN

She also discussed the dust-up that involved chef John Tesar, who banned her from his restaurant after she wrote about it. 

"He didn't like the review, and he wasn't happy with it, and that was the way he reacted," she said. "So, what can I do? It's easy to make a loud noise if you have a big voice." 

She also talked about whether her dining habits would change. 

"I am totally looking forward to eating more healthy and more controlled, and eating a lot of vegetables and salads when I feel like it," she said. "But I'll just be able to go in as a civilian, and it'll be so much more relaxed." 

Read the full interview.

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