Chang Declares Death of Creativity?

Photo: Patrick McMullan

“The chef-driven restaurant has proven it doesn’t work anymore. If Cru can’t … then it doesn’t work. There’s a generation of chefs 35 to 42 years old who don’t have restaurants anymore. It just doesn’t make money. As you get bigger, you have to feed this beast … I’m not going to say no to an opportunity that’s going to make some more money … but there is a breaking point. It has negatively affected New York restaurants: people eat better as a whole, but creativity is dying.” —David Chang in conversation with Anthony Bourdain [Fork in the Road/VV, Feast]