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  1. I'm sure that is the reason behind alot of sous-vide chicanery, it's bugger all to do with taste, unfortunately it just easier for a kitchen to cope with versus cooking it on the hob. Without opening a can of worms, most meat i get cooked sous vide would have been better in a pan,  SV is not for the customers benefit.

    In many cases this is true*. It is a compromise, between something better but potentially risky and something lesser but almost entirely consistent.

    SV in top kitchens shows that the fear of making mistakes outweighs the desire to attempt the best.

    The result is about as interesting as watching two boxers who won't punch in case they get hit with a counter-punch.

    *Judiciously used, there are some preparations that can be improved by SV, but, as you point out, it doesn't follow that this holds for everything.

  2. When did you go? What did you have? Did you think everything was bad?

    I've been twice, once Tasting and once ALC, and I thought much of it was good. In fact, the pot roast pork was excellent. However, there is a gap between good and great and I don't think that this gap is bridged by magic tricks.

    The problem is that if HB's magical world of childlike wonderment is bullshit, then there is a very real possibility that those wishing to emulate his success will also emulate his bullshit, and before long we'll be knee-deep in the stuff.

    In short, HB is a terrible role model, because he aspires to be more than a chef, and this implies that merely being a chef is somehow a failure, which it isn't.

  3. We're arguing about whether a professional cook's enthusiastic amateurism adds up to anything greater than a slight-of-hand act to sell product.

    Wrong on two counts. First of all there's a depressing absence of argument, in favour of assertion; and secondly the issue is not as you state, but rather whether 'magic water' etc. is cynical gimmickry designed to take advantage of a feeble-minded client base, and whether what is at stake is a quest for great food or a quest for money and self-aggrandizement.

    Otherwise, great post (in a superficially clever way).

  4. Rhetoric was never my strong point but it does seem that those ethical appeals here, based on personal experience of HB's food lack the requisite authority to carry the argument , while the pathetic appeals are based in a kind of laudable jingoism for the British food resurgence - but I'm not seeing a logical appeal.

    Interestingly, NLP is the new rhetoric (in the sense of Protagorean demagogy).

    Let my try to frame this another way: you can either cook food because you love it or you can use food as self-publicity because you love yourself.

  5. i just don't particularly enjoy having his food in my mouth.

    You, me, and a lot of other people. I can't get my head around this; surely, if the ' culinary alchemy', or whatever it's called now, can't get things right at least more often than the alternatives, then there's not a lot to be said for it. Or is it that it just sounds so bloody good? But if it is this, then that would mean that the concept was more important than the product, which sounds plain wrong to me.

    what is wrong is people, particularly trade press, referring to the fat duck as the greatest restaurant in the world.

    More wrong still, is that there are those who not only believe it, but are willing to invoke it as a supposed rebuttal should one criticize the FD.

  6. It sounds fun to me but I suppose you have to have a developed sense of humour to think so.

    I see, only people with a developed sense of humour are able to appreciate this; sort of like the emperor's new clothes.

    What I do think is "tossage" is the slagging off of a chef who is probably the most brilliant working in the UK today.

    He may or may not be what you say he is, but either way he is not infallible.

  7. or maybe he's just adding a little humour into the dining experience....maybe you should try broading your mind a little!!!

    Simply regurgitating HB's PR does not make one open-minded. Quite the opposite in fact. If anyone took the time to actually think about this, instead of deferring to spurious authority, it's pretty hard not to come to the conclusion that 'magic water' is an embarrassing gimmick.

  8. If he is just using the old magicians trick then yes, yawn, boring.

    However I'd expect from his past record it is more likely that he's come up with what he thinks is an interesting new variant. Perhaps its the same water whichever you choose but is carbonated or decarbonated as it pours? Or maybe you get an iPod with the sound of bubbles if you wanted carbonated  :laugh:

    Whatever it is, it's tossage.

  9. HB is in Milan at Identita Golose.

    The 41-year old, known for his scientific approach to cooking and advancing techniques to develop unusual taste combinations, told chefs in Milan he was looking at serving a bottle from which diners can choose still or sparkling water.

    Surely he must lie awake at night wondering when he is going to be exposed.

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