Angry French Chefs Rebel Against “Food Porn” Photos (Updated)

19 Feb

Hey~ I’m back~ Another 3 months’ “hibernation” ^^!~ Last time I was frequently updating the blog, it was in December when Yankees just signed two high-profile free agents Brian McCann and Jocaby Ellsbury. As you know, Yankees landed another All-Star free agent Carlos Beltran before Christmas and now they are in Tampa for Spring Training. Oh, of course there was long highly-anticipated Japanese “Ace” pitcher Masahiro Tanana’s mega deal inked in January and the recent surprising/shocking news of Jeter announcing 2014 is going to be his final season (a conference is scheduled tomorrow morning, Feb 19th, EST).

 

Enough about Yankees’ universe, right? Let’s go back to the real life & see what happened in December & January:

#1. Christmas & New Year’s break, during which I did almost nothing, at least not that I can remember or vividly recall at the moment~ =.=a Probably just some shopping, movie watching and restaurant dining as usual.

#.2 Chinese New Year holidays/Spring Festival: A wonderful trip back to Taiwan~ I spent all the time with the folks. We toured around Jia-yi, Tainan & Kaohsiung. I’m lazy to recap it right now, just leaving the links here and they are all yours to explore:

Maolin National Scenic Area

Hongmaogang Cultural Park (I specially recommend a ferry ride on the way there!)

If you are a night market lover, here is your choice en route home from Hongmaogang Cultural Park: Jin-Zuan and Kai-Xuan.

 

Back to the title of this entry, I really like this article!!! It speaks all the truth of what I’ve regarded about the “mystique” “food photo-taken sensation” in Taiwan & Hong Kong that I’ve found r-i-d-i-c-u-l-o-u-s~ Orz”

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2014/02/17/2003583729

GRATIFYING?Although some chefs are becoming increasingly frustrated by the poor etiquette of amateur food photographers, others say the pictures are free publicity

Fed up with patrons snapping photographs with their smartphones to post on social networks, several Michelin-starred French establishments are trying to crack down on so-called “food porn.”

Short of formally banning photographs in his restaurant, Alexandre Gauthier, chef at La Grenouillere in the northern town of La Madelaine-sous-Montreuil, has put an image of a camera with a strike-through on his menu.

People just won’t disconnect anymore,” he said.

“Before they used to take photos of their family, of their grandmother, but now it’s photos of dishes,” he said.

“It is gratifying, but we’re a restaurant without very much light, so they have to use a flash. And with each dish it’s ‘stop everything,’ or the photograph has to be retaken three times, he said.

Gilles Goujon, chef at the three-starred L’Auberge du Vieux Puits in the southern town of Fontjoncouse, said he is increasingly frustrated with the poor etiquette of amateur food photographers.

He said food pictures “take away the surprise” of some of his dishes and “take a bit of my intellectual property.”

French chefs are hardly alone.

There has been a growing backlash in the US to intrusive photograph-taking, with some top-tier restaurants banning photography.

 

I can’t help but have a wry smile at those two lines highlighted in red. This article is far too good not to be translated in Chinese! It’s got to be widely read by Taiwanese & Hong Kongers!! XD~

●摘●要●編●譯:

因受夠了客人用智慧手機拍照後把照片上傳到社交網站,好幾家法國米奇林餐廳目前試行禁止所謂的“食物色情”。
主廚Alexandre Gauthier在菜單中放上”禁止相機“的圖示。Alexandre說:「餐廳光線不足,客人得用閃光燈,每一道菜上來,所有事情都暫停,不然照片必須重拍三次」。
三星級廚師Gilles Goujon說他對業餘食物攝影者的糟糕禮儀越來越灰心,也說食物照片奪去了一些他餐點的驚喜之處,且些微侵犯他的智慧財產。
不僅法國,一些美國頂級餐廳也禁止拍照,強烈反對擾人的拍照行為。

 

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