Like to know what everyone thinks about TK not allowing pictures in his restaurant. Lots of you just butchered this woman who has the same policy and is not scared to follow through on her policy. Some called for a boycott. Shouldnt Thomas Keller now be put in the same category. Should we now not patronize Per Se. Fat Guy, what do you think? What about others. Lets not be scared of TK now folks. Lets pick on everyone equally.
I think this is the key difference here:
The only time I started photographing and was asked to stop was at Per Se shortly after it re-opened (No, I was not using flash). They did ask in a nice way and I complied without a problem. They did later let me take photos in the kitchen, though.
Much different than a litigious letter.
And part of the reason for the uproar, at least in DC circles, is that this plays right into the reputation Chef Greenwood has and has earned and, for all accounts, takes great pride in.
No difference in my opinion. If fact, one might say this was expected from Chef Greenwood and not from TK so does this make TK a little less California......a little less laid back, perhaps a little more like Chef Greenwood. No telling if a litigious letter would have followed if he had not stopped taking the picutres.
Further, this thread is not really about Chef Greenwood. It has turned into a thread about the rights of the consumer or eater to photograph the food we are purchasing. In that light, I ask the question of whether TK and Per Se have gone to far in asking people not to take pictures their food that notwithstanding quality costs a ton. It is the same thing that Chef Greewood. Why would the reaction be any different from the people on this board?
I disagree. I don't see this so much as a matter of not being able to take pictures in such and such restaurant as it is with the way this matter was handled. I think any restaurant which is a privately owned business that can for whatever reason refused business with you can dictate what it likes IN the restaurant. I personally would not villify any restaurant/chef that did not wish pictures taken. BTW I wonder if the Per Se request was due to disruption of other dining patrons since they did allow pictures in the kitchen. If it were that important to me then I would simply cease to frequent those restaurants. What stands out to me it the cease and desist letter sent to the blogger. I think in doing this the chef went overboard. As far as I see Jason stopped when requested and did NOT post any pictures. So why the letter? IMHO the chef is an ass and I hope they lose business because of this. I don't care how good the food, if I were treated this way there are many other restaurants I could frequent.