Did you see the news story about the Florida chef who refuses to let his patrons put ketchup and salt on their burgers?
If you’re older than 10, says chef Xavier Duclos, you have no business adding any flavoring to the dishes I’ve prepared. I’m the chef. You have to trust my judgment. And that’s that.
If I were a customer of Mr. Duclos’, I’d beg to differ. Having plunked down $12.95 for one of his burgers (that’s the going rate, according to his menu), I’d say that I’d bought the right to season my food as I liked.
Mr. Duclos has heard that argument, and he rejects it. At best he and I would agree to disagree.
At the same time, I understand where Mr. Duclos is coming from. Continue reading