David Chang Shares His Top Five Customer Pet Peeves | CookingDistrict.com

David Chang Shares His Top Five Customer Pet Peeves

5. Saying they're right when they're wrong. Like when they ask for a steak to be medium-rare and it's medium-rare and they say it's not medium-rare.

4. Special food requests.*

3. Fake allergies.

2. Being fucking drunk. It's just so annoying.

1. Bloggers who don't know shit. The top one is to say you're a blogger, right off the bat. That always gets a good laugh from the chefs.

*DETAILS: It's surprising that you didn't say vegetarians.

David Chang: That's the special requests. Don't even get me started. I'm not against all vegetarians. But if you're a vegetarian for ethical reasons, you may be causing more harm. I use this example: I was at a wedding, and at the reception everyone was eating local lobster and clams, but a couple of my friends were like, "No, we want the vegetarian option." And it's fucking vegetables from every corner of the fucking planet. Really? They don't want to pollute the earth, they don't want to support factory farming, but factory commodity farming is fucking awful. And not only that, it's almost slave labor. That poor fucking person who harvested your asparagus from Peru might have died because you wanted a fucking goddamn asparagus in August. Which doesn't happen. If you're going to be a vegetarian, limit yourself to food from a place you can go to in two hours and just eat that. Do it, or shut the fuck up.
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kanashimihana • 05/04/2011
I hear you brother. I get fake allergy requests all the time.
haisoodewa • 05/04/2011
My favorite customer allergy: "I'm allergic to mayonnaise." Not oil, not lecithin or egg yolks, but mayonnaise.
hmesser • 05/04/2011
There's nothing wrong with being ethical about the food we eat animal or vegetable. I'm a vegetarian and I certainly won't be eating at your place.
bclarke001 • 05/04/2011
Medium Rare for me
rkessinger • 05/04/2011
if they want it their way they should be eating at their own place.
lmonto001 • 05/04/2011
My pet peeve: your language. Come on dude.
littlebitofmoni • 05/05/2011
I have a TON of food allergies, but I am very aware of how things work in a restaurant. I don't expect the world from people, just a little sensitivity. But like you said, fake allergies are not cool.
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