Amateur baker with a passion for eating!
Happily reading the Guardian today when I came across this article written by chef Luke Mackay. He had witnessed a number of top chefs bullying an innocent food blogger on Twitter, simply because he had had the audacity to give a three star review to one of them.
The offended chef, Claude Bosi, sent absolutely disgusting messages to poor James Isherwood, most notably calling him a c***. Just have a look at this:
So yeah, I’m not sure exactly when it became a crime to write an honest food review, but honestly – this guy & his obnoxious friends certainly haven’t earned my respect. And while we’re on the subject of respect… I always thought the chef was supposed to gain the customer’s respect, not the other way round.
Surely a chef should be aware that if he serves up bad food, he will get bad reviews, which may in turn deter other customers. Chefs should take criticism and learn from it instead of behaving like spoilt brats and deterring even more customers than James’ original review would have done in the first place.
They may say down with bloggers, but I say down with chefs who aren’t willing to take criticism.
And as for the argument that James should have been honest and said to the chef’s face that he wasn’t entirely happy with his meal… well, who does that?! Us Brits are famous for moaning about food, but as soon as the waiter comes over and asks if everything’s okay with our meals, we smile and say, “Fine, thank you!”. Who wants to cause a scene (which I believe it inevitably would have been with someone like Claude Bosi)?
#Chefsunite? Who cares. I think you’ll find there’s more of us foodies and food bloggers (a.k.a. your potential paying CUSTOMERS)… #Foodbloggersunite more like it.
Less anger, more food next time – promise 🙂