I posted this question to Eater after reading a Eater post concering Cory Lee creating a restaurant where the concept is to present dishes from famous restaurants and chef's around the world:
No doubt that San Francisco Bay Area is a food Mecca. People flock here to eat, kids drop out of school to cook here, young chef’s dream of making it big here. There is no argument there! Has this lead to a state of stale in the food scene? Alice Water introduced us to farm-to-table culture. The word became so popular that it’s now shunned and left the chef’s vocabulary. In its place has come many new generic culinary terms. Is/has the tech invasion brought a similarity to food that’s left creativity behind? I eat out about 10 times a month, sometimes more and I’ve noticed over the last few years menu’s using the same ambiguous wording, plating that looks the same, and chef’s themselves looking the same! I’m in the industry so perhaps I have an insider’s POV. I am seeing the death of food culture rather than the birth of something new. Trends kill creativity rather than the popular belief that it enhances it.
Is anyone at Eater thinking about this? Perhaps studying it?
I've been thinking a lot about this over the past serveral months. Working in the industry obviously affords me to see the business quite differently than diners, but I see this "sameness" damaging creativity not fueling more.
Any thoughts on this? Anyone else thinking along these lines?