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Why Fine Dining Is Dying: A Conversation with Chef Ken Oringer

Why Fine Dining Is Dying: A Conversation with Chef Ken Oringer

I sensed a quiet tension as I sat in a resplendent dining room watching sommeliers, waiters, bussers, captains and hosts deftly glide between the tables catering to each guest’s every need. At this Michelin-starred restaurant, glassware was spotless, the white linens crisp and the windows blacked out, seemingly to control every last sensory experience you could have. The artfully plated food arrived with aplomb. My wife and I exchanged comments on each dish in hushed tones, savoring each tiny bite. We had entered a high temple of food, and our reverence was evident. But why the hell would we choose to go to church to enjoy ourselves? Solemn contemplation is for Sunday morning, not Friday night. After we were given the hefty bill, we walked away full, but a little unfulfilled. The very next night, a combination of tacos, cocktails and beers with friends came at a fraction of the cost, with many times more fun. When comparing the two nights back to back, fine dining couldn’t…

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