Over the weekend I read an article in Time which speaks of five recent food trends seen recently which must stop right now. I am all about eating at food-forward restaurants and trying new things but there are some things which even I would question as being unnecessary.
The article provides a list of five items which need to go and why:
- 1. Rock slime as food
2. Pro-am charcuterie
3. Fake smoke
4. Postmodern desserts
5. Optional tipping
Now, the rock slime thing probably sounds much worse than it is but with the foraging movement in full swing in some circles, I am guessing this stuff is easily harvested and put on plates. But why? Honestly I don’t really see a need for this sort of “see what I can do” stuff on a plate. Show me what you can do with traditional ingredients and make me swoon for more.
The fake smoke is just unbearable to even read. As someone who can really appreciate the time and effort it takes to make smoked anything, the fact that chefs are using tools to inject these flavors just makes me think of Burger King. Either do it right or don’t do it at all. Just because someone did it on the Food Network doesn’t mean it should be done everywhere.
And finally optional tipping. Tipping is basically always optional so I don’t see why it’s a big deal and it probably just encourages people to not tip instead of feeling guilted into it. Last night we went to The Nook and I tipped 25% because our server was rushing around like a madman and really was helpful when we needed him. But am I going to tip at some fancy place when the server is rude, surly, and nowhere to be found? No. Let’s just leave it as an unspoken acknowledgement that it’s optional and go from there.
What do you think about this list? Which are the most offensive to you? Are there any other trends you’ve seen recently which make you cringe that aren’t here? Any local restaurants you know about doing any of these things proudly? Whatever you have to say about these ‘Worst Food Trends’ go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.