Oishinbo (美味しんぼ?, lit. "The Gourmet") adapted as a 136-episode anime television series broadcast on TV Asahi from October 17, 1988 to March 17, 1992 plus two sequel anime television specials.
(Source - Wiki)

Here's an old anime (circa 1988) that has to do with a food critic and japanese cuisine

summaries from animenfo and anidb:
Oishinbo is a drama about newspaper reporters. The main character is a cynical food critic named Yamaoka. Oishinbo is a popular mainstream comic for adults in Japan. It is even mentioned in an episode of "Iron Chef".

The newspaper office, Tozai Shinbun, plans to publish the "Ultimate Menu" to commemorate their 100th anniversary. It would not only describe foods but also pass on dietary cultures for many generations to come. Despite its importance, Yamaoka Shiro, a lazy employee, and Kurita Yuko, a company newcomer, are selected as the editors.

Official site: http://www.tv-asahi-channel.com/anime/20.html

Only the first two episodes were fansubbed.

Themes: cooking
Episodes: 136
Age Rating: Teen
(Source - ANN)

Episode 1 http://www.sendspace.com/file/a81gb4
Episode 2 http://www.sendspace.com/file/sdaclv
(links updated jan 23,2008)