I’ve often wondered what immigrant chefs think about the way American chefs and cooks take on their traditional foods. Thanks to Anthony Bourdain, in a post he found on gilttaste, I get an inside look.
Read the article here that Bourdain calls “thoughtful and insightful.” It’s a terrific discussion – if you care about food, its origins and traditions, and getting beyond the top layer, you will want to read this more than once and share it, too.
Francis Lam and Eddie Huang discuss and disagree on whether it’s an insult to walk into an Asian restaurant and see their forefathers’ foods served up by an American chef who has no ties to the cuisine, but who is respected and lauded for his cooking.
It will leave you with more questions than answers – as any good debate should.
But Lam and Huang’s discussion brings up another whole discussion I’ve had with chefs multiple times: Who’s to say what really is authentic to any cuisine? Hasn’t it been co-opted through the years already in every culture? Italians can’t agree on a plate of pasta – much less their entire New World influences. While there may be Mother foods, mom bred – a lot.
What’s your take on this? Feel free to comment below – but do read the article.