|David Chang all smiley and nicey nice in San Francisco|
But then, there it was. Waiting for him from the back of the orchestra. “The last time you were here," an audience member inquired, “you said that you didn't like California cuisine and would never open a restaurant here. Have you changed your opinion?” After a long burst of audience laughter, Chang took a breath, than replied dryly. “Do I regret saying anything derogatory? No. Ok, so Tony [Bourdain] got me totally drunk. And my words were taken out of context. I adore Alice. I adore Chez Panisse. But what I was saying was that in every facet of culture throughout recent history, San Francisco has challenged the status quo. Technology, sexuality, music. Everything. Except food. With the exception of a few people (Jeremy Fox, Daniel Patterson, Corey Lee, James Syhabout), I don’t see chefs being as passionate about challenging the old ways and embracing the new.”
So there you have it.