In the 21st century, the age of Millennials, capturing a perfect shot of your food (especially when eating out) is almost obligatory. After getting an Insta-worthy flat lay of your table, promptly uploading the pictures to Instagram is something that comes as naturally as breathing to most of us.
At the Waterside Inn, a Michelin-starred restaurant in England, restaurant goers will have to curb their enthusiasm and resist the urge to take pictures of their food, while it (in fact) gets cold, as the restaurant has a strict no-photos-policy.
Michel Roux, famed chef and co-founder of the restaurant whose 6-course tasting menu will set you back a hefty £167.50, told The Telegraph “I’m really getting so upset about people taking pictures. We put up a card at the door – ‘No photos, please’”. So what happens when someone decides to look the other way and ignore the sign, you might ask? Well, they get the death-stare as if to say, “Switch that off or it goes in the ice bucket,” he added.
Food photography and especially uploading your food pics to Instagram has become so popular lately, that some restaurants are even supplying their diners with lighting kits in order to get the perfect shot. By going this extra mile, they’re rewarded with free advertising as the pictures will most likely be posted on social media – win-win!
There’s two sides to the story – appreciating the food and the moment without allowing technology to dampen the experience or jumping on the band wagon (that is the 21st century!) and the age of social media! What is this, 1950?