With a Berkeley-ite’s requisite disdain for sell-outs, Alice Waters tells the Journal that she wishes her peers in the celebrity chef realm would stop replicating their franchises willy-nilly. “It’s not connected to the [local] place,” she complains. “People ask you to do the exact same thing you’ve done in your other restaurant. If someone asked me to go to Arizona, I’d open a Mexican restaurant. But they want Chez Panisse there.” Other takeaways from the mostly predictable interview with the patron saint of slow food: she’s in full support of the glut of burgers on menus across the Bay Area and elsewhere, so long as they’re grass-fed; and she’d prefer everyone would spend money on heirloom beets instead of iPhones.
Alice Waters Dishes on the Food Scene [WSJ]
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