We received a somewhat unsettling e-mail this morning. It purported to be from a well-known chef in Vancouver, although the return address was a hotmail account. We are currently in the process of trying to verify whether or not the e-mail actually came from the chef in question or whether someone was just trying to take potshots from a position of anonymity. Here's what they had to say, spelling and grammar copied exactly:
My name is ******* ******, I am a chef from Vancouver, B.C., Canada. I was
looking around on the internet the other day and came across your website.
At first glance I thought your presentations were nice, but, then as I
continued to read and look at your "ideas" i realised that every plate has
something smoked or pickled.
I am disturbed by your combinations if flavours and use of ingredients that
seem to go nowhere. Are you purposely trying to confuse people and their
palates or is this just a big joke. I think my 4 year old son could probably
design a better menu with proper flavor and ingredient combinations.
Do you go into the fridge with a blindfold on and grab things off the shelf
and make something up or do you just not turn the light on and grab
ingredients. I am very sorry to sound so harsh, but, if you check out my
restaurant you will understand fine food. It is *******, you can find it on
the internet.....take notes.
I think you have talent in cooking, just work on the flavors. 15 different
flavors in one dish is far too much, I mean seriously, have you looked at
your website? Try reading some of your so called "ideas" and tell me they
What do you think? Either way the answer is somewhat disturbing. If it is the chef, condescending doesn't quite cover it and why bother to send us anything at all? If it isn't the chef, that means someone out there is impersonating someone else and using their name to do send questionable emails to other people. Accountability is quickly disappearing in the cyber world and that just is not a good thing.