Hearing dinner talked about like art or philosophy is pretty much the norm in foodie circles.
But a famous UK chef’s responses during an interview on TV show The Project Monday, were beyond perplexing.
Heston Blumenthal’s in Melbourne, Australia, for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards, and was asked simply, “What makes a great restaurant?”
It was a deep answer. Like, on a deep acid trip levels of deep. Although to Blumenthal’s credit, he did warn the audience it’d be “tangential.”
Suitably, viewers of the prime time-scheduled, light entertainment program were very lost on his explainer on human evolution and philosophy.
As the hosts of the show nodded — bemused — Blumenthal was again pressed on how do we tell between good and bad restaurants.
It (eventually) turns out Blumenthal has a bit of beef about labelling any restaurant better than another. Rather, he thinks where we choose to to eat should be determined by what we feel like and not guided by what we’ve been told is good or bad. He could’ve just said that.
“If you want to drink Nescafe or instant coffee as opposed to filter coffee — if you want to eat a particular cereal — it is your emotion. You own it,” he said. Totally.
“Things that make you happy and that is it. So I have an issue with the ‘best.’ What makes one restaurant better than another? It is not better, because there is emotion. It should be the 50 favourite restaurants.”
Again, he could’ve just said that at the start.