Joshua Skenes Has a Thing or Two to Say About the Tasting Menu Debate

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“You have a choice to go where you like. No one says, ‘Hey you son of a bitch, you better come to my restaurant now.’ People can go where they please. Sure, it can become torturous if you wait too long between courses or it’s filled with a lot of butter, but if a tasting menu is designed keeping in mind that you’re feeding human beings, the diner can get through the meal satisfied and have a great time … If you look at any restaurant across the world that really truly buys the very best things, they’re all just one menu a night. … Ultimately, it’s the diner’s vote. If you don’t like a tasting menu, then [you] can chose to go somewhere else.” — Saison chef Joshua Skenes responding to critics like Pete Wells and Corby Kummer complaining of tasting menu fatigue. [Zagat]