Recently there’s been a buzz about food bloggers and even a recent article that fueled the debate about the etiquette of taking photos in restaurants, and writing about the food. I do agree that there should be some decorum when taking restaurant photos, like not using flash, blinding all the diners. In general, I think it’s great that people are taking an interest in food, and blogging, because I don’t necessarily want to see glossy photos or a PR spin of a restaurant; I’d like to see a “real” assessment, warts and all. Secondly, it keeps restaurants on their game, and it also keeps other bloggers honest. I find it offensive and even insulting that some bloggers feel that they have a monopoly on this topic, or only the “experienced” or “learned” should be able to critique a restaurant. The terms “trusted”, “credentialed” or “professional” often used in restaurant reviews is arbitrary.
Recently, I did a restaurant review with some friends, my friends said, let's tell the Chef that you're doing a review. I responded by saying, "absolutely NOT." The Paris food community of writers is a very small, tight knit community. Many Chefs and restaurateurs are also friends with the food writers or bloggers. So, food for thought, when you get comped with e.g., extra food items or drinks or get “special” treatment, how objective can you be? Unfortunately, I believe it becomes more about the hype and being in the “elite” food crowd. It makes you wonder if the food is really worth it or is it a great PR strategy for both the restaurateur and blogger?
Anyway, these are my thoughts about food and blogging .