Is it Rude to Take Photos of Your Food in a Restaurant?
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.
Put your camera down and enjoy your meal and your company.
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!
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.