When it comes to heavy-hitters in the food world, you don’t get much more renowned than the Michelin star. If a chef gets a Michelin star, that means they’re among the best chefs in the world, and just because a chef has a Michelin star in his past, that doesn’t mean he’ll get one the next year if he’s not on the cutting edge of flavor, presentation, preparation, and technique. Michelin-starred chefs create food that’s meant to enjoy on every possible level, provided you eat it before it gets cold. In that spirit, two Michelin-starred chefs have been telling customers not to take pictures of their food.
The chefs are Gilles Goujon of L’Auberge du Vieux Puits in Fontjoncouse, France, and Alexandre Gauthier of the Grenouillere in La Madelaine-sous-Montreuil. Indeed, the Grenouillere menu features a “no photography” logo, even if pictures aren’t officially banned. Goujon says that taking pictures of food is poor etiquette and even a violation of his intellectual property; he also said it ruins the surprise of seeing one of his beautiful dishes presented.
Said Gauthier of Le Grenouillere, “Before, they were pictures of family, grandmother, and now we take pictures of food… We tweet, we like, we respond to comments, and the dish is cold.”
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