In his latest restaurant review, Giles Coren has the following to say about foodbloggers taking photos of food:
I think photographing one’s food in a restaurant is easily as rude, disrespectful and brutish as making a phone call, scrolling a BlackBerry or dropping one’s trousers in the middle of the room and taking a massive dump. And the next time I see it happen, I am going to complain to the waiter and see what transpires. Just for larks.
Although I am not a foodblogger, I take pictures of my plate from time to time. It is a bit odd, I suppose, but if you are interested in food then it’s nice to see what people are eating, as well as reading their words about it. And I think that going to the trouble of taking a picture demonstrates a keen interest. Interest = good. I’m pleased that people are interested in what they are eating and drinking. If I was a chef, I’d be delighted if people were taking my creations seriously enough to snap them on their digital cameras and share them with the world.
The picture above is from a meal at Umu, London’s top Kyoto-style restuarant, which was the location for the Koshu of Japan launch which I have just written up.