Just read one tweet/article which goes with the title – ” Fancy being an amateur food critic? The chefs may actually hate you..” in which the author Anoothi Vishal dissects the areas of how restaurant reviews by everyone ranging from a housewife to the IT guy next door to the so-called connoisseur has a take on how to review food, their own opinion of how to make that food , how fresh, how it should be cooked/not etc. It also gives a clear perspective of what restaurateurs and chefs think about them yet carefully balancing their own PR/publicity. She also mentions how bad rated reviews did not bring down the business of X restaurant ..
From a MeDine perspective, we always believed that why should anyone not have an opinion ? Isn’t it true that everyone of us has a special taste, likes, dislikes etc – Why is it that a Michelin star chef dish should be excellent for everyone ? Most people say that their mom’s special dish is amazing..so be it.. Each palate is different and everyone’s preferences, taste vary with age, stage, demographics, season, weather, lifestyle, repetition etc multitude of factors –
For instance, we had a filter coffee in Burj Al Arab and searched like mad for South Indian coffee in Istanbul. Doesn’t matter who the chef is or signature dish -what matters to you is whether you liked it or not – again this has no influence on how many more people will like what you liked or not as it really doesn’t matter bar the social “foodie” status like they rightly mentioned in the article. Palate preference , matching and recommending what YOU will like is what we ultimately want to achieve at MeDine – becoming everyone’s personal butler of choice. For those of you who are statisticians or analytics folks, I will try and cover how taste profiles match amongst different segments and why a top rated dish in an average restaurant is going to be liked most by the majority..
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