Saturday, September 6, 2014

Food: The Customer Isn't Always Right

The state and Heinz aficionados are in an uproar about a Florida chef who won't allow ketchup in his restaurant. TheWire.com claims ketchup is "as American as apple pie," as homage to the traditional claim of defining what "American" is.

Randall Munroe of xkcd has a better "definition" when it comes to defining what makes American America:

xkcd #1357
While customers are well within their right to refuse to patronize Mad Fresh Bistro, so too does Chef Xavier Duclos have the right to refuse to serve it. Furthermore, I see no reason he could not refuse to allow customers to smuggle it in, much in the way that theatres refuse to allow you to smuggle in your own candy and pop, though I suspect he would likely lose more business than he could bear if he tried to pull that stunt.

Regardless, I back his decision. It's his restaurant, and he can serve what condiments as he wishes. As my mother taught me in matters of cooking: make it the way the reciepe says the first time, and after that you can play around with it. If it tastes good with the sauce it is given, why add more?

I'll tell you this much: there's no ketchup or catsup in my kitchen, and I'm not of the "backwards" or "behind the times" 3 percent that still uses dial-up internet as The Wire seems to correlate with non-ketchup keepers.

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