Is it Rude to Take Photos of Your Food in a Restaurant?

Categories: Bites & Dishes

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Brian Dooley
Chef and Owner, Bryan's Black Mountain Barbecue

It seems everyone is taking food pictures and posting them these days. As a chef and restaurant owner, it's always a good thing to have people excited and talking about the food. Unfortunately, most of these cell-phone picture are pretty lousy. I think someone should create a foodie photography manual.

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Dave Andrea
Owner, Brat Haüs

Put your camera down and enjoy your meal and your company.

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Chef Stephen Toevs
The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix

When people sit down to eat at a restaurant, they are living an experience and want to capture that moment in time by pictures. I recently had a 20-course meal at a local restaurant and at the end of the meal could not distinguish the seventh course from the 17th. Looking back, I wish I had taken pictures!

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Chef Massimo de Francesa,
Taggia at FireSky Resort & Spa, a Kimpton Hotel

Eating is best when it is experienced with friends and/or loved ones. Sharing their dining experiences is a great way to have people feel like they are a part of this experience. Taking pictures of dishes marks memories and hopefully inspires their creativity to try new food and visit new restaurants. On the other hand, as the healthy Libra that I am, I believe it is ultimately up to the chef and owners of their restaurants. If they don't allow pictures, patrons should respect their regulations.



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8 comments
Lois Broder
Lois Broder

no it should be a complement to chef

KristinHeggli
KristinHeggli

I'd actually love for people to take more photos of the actual restaurants. Whenever I look at Yelp photos, there are a lot of food pictures but I can't always get a good idea of what the space is like.

nowayjose1
nowayjose1

The question of rudeness is moot.  It's self absorbed, irrelevant and uninteresting.  Just dont.

Alicia Geier
Alicia Geier

A simple one shot no problem, but beyond that its silly.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

I was dining once next to a table where a diner spent a good 10 minutes trying to capture the perfect, flash-lit photo of his dinner and then, once he was done and actually tried the food, complained to the waiter that his meal was cold.  That said, most chefs take pride in their plating and presentation and that deserves to be shown off - I've taken my share of pictures of super yummy dishes - especially deserts and while on vacation.

rickyleepotts
rickyleepotts

If I didn't take pictures of my food, what would I share on Instagram?

Jonathan Carroll
Jonathan Carroll

Yes. It's food. I agree with Joe's comments. Also, the business is getting FREE publicity.

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