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Not long ago, the only way to know what a certain dish looked like — no matter how many times you'd heard about it or read about the restaurant that prepared it — was by actually going out and eating it. Now it's not an exaggeration to say that if you search hard enough, you can find photographs of the food from almost any major restaurant online. That can be useful to interested diners, and restaurants often benefit from the attention and encourage the practice. At the same time, though, a number of successful chefs dislike or flat-out prohibit photography for a variety of reasons. With that in mind, we presented the issue to four chefs and a respected blogger to see how they view the matter.
Here, now, Michael White (AltaMarea Group, New York), Daniel Boulud (Multiple restaurants, worldwide), Sean Brock (Husk and McCrady's, Charleston), RJ Cooper (Rogue 24, Washington, DC), and Bonjwing Lee (The Ulterior Epicure) take on the question.
You allow people to take photos, but do you like it? I love it for a couple of reasons. First, it helps document our cuisine. Quite often, we'll cook a meal for someone because they ask for a tasting menu, and we'll come up with a lot of it spontaneously and I won't remember half of it at the end of the night. If someone puts that up on Flickr, then there's like a log — it's documentation.