Heston Blumenthal has criticized the trend of diners who appear to be more interested in photographing their food than eating it.
The celebrity chef, known for his culinary creations, and owner of the triple Michelin-starred Fat Duck restaurant said the issue had been discussed in his kitchen but that he has had to resist the temptation to intervene because he does not want to upset his customers.
“At the Fat Duck, we’ve debated this for several years now. If we say to people, ‘Your food’s going cold’, you put up a barrier between you and the diner,” Blumenthal told the Radio Times.
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Asked whether he gets annoyed and has ever been close to saying anything to a customer, he said: “Yes, and I’ve been very tempted. We did it once in Australia because somebody was taking pictures with a flash, which affected other tables. It’s a really tricky thing.
“Social media is such a big part of our lives, our sight has become almost the more important sense rather than smell or taste. If I see something beautiful like a sunset, I try to be in the moment, then take a picture afterwards,” though if he waits until the sun has set, the picture won’t be much to look at.
“A lot of people now are more interested in capturing a photograph so they can post it, which disconnects them from the moment,” added Blumenthal, on the trend for putting snaps of envy-inducing meals on social media.
As social media has taken hold, there has been a growing inability to enjoy an experience without documenting and broadcasting it. A recent Australian?study?suggested that documenting an experience, and presenting it for an audience, has?turned into the experience itself. People enjoyed their holiday less when they couldn’t take a picture and tell other people about it online. That doesn’t mean that those people were less engaged, simply that the rules of engagement have changed, quickly and emphatically.
布魯門索告訴《Radio Times》（廣播時報）雜誌說：「在Fat Duck餐廳，我們已對此問題討論了好幾年。如果我們提醒客人說：『您的食物要變涼了』，那就是在我們和用餐客人之間豎起一道隔閡。」
1. What is chef Heston Blumenthal’s attitude toward the growing trend of restaurant diners taking photos of their food?
2. Do you tend to photograph food in restaurants? Please explain your reasoning.
3. Do you often see photographs of food posted on social media? How do you feel when you see these kinds of photos?
4. If you were a Michelin-starred chef, would you ask your staff to intervene to prevent diners from taking photos of their food?
(Lin Lee-kai, Taipei Times)
1. diner n.
(yong4 can1 zhe3)
2. chef n.
(chu2 shi1; zhu3 chu2)
3. culinary adj.
(peng1 ren4 de5)
4. triple Michelin-starred adj.
(mi3 qi2 lin2 san1 xing1 de5)
5. social media phr.
(she4 qun2 mei2 ti3)
6. be in the moment phr.
(xiang3 shou4 dang1 xia4)
7. snap n.
8. envy-inducing adj.
(yin3 ren2 ji2 du4 de5)
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