David Chang's Top 5 Most Annoying Things Customers Do

The celebrated chef on the evils of vegetarians, drunks, and bloggers.


Credit: WWD
5. Saying they're right when they're wrong. Like when they ask for a steak to be medium-rare and it's medium-rare and they say it's not medium-rare.
4. Special food requests.*
3. Fake allergies.
2. Being fucking drunk. It's just so annoying.
1. Bloggers who don't know shit. The top one is to say you're a blogger, right off the bat. That always gets a good laugh from the chefs.
*DETAILS: It's surprising that you didn't say vegetarians.
David Chang: That's the special requests. Don't even get me started. I'm not against all vegetarians. But if you're a vegetarian for ethical reasons, you may be causing more harm. I use this example: I was at a wedding, and at the reception everyone was eating local lobster and clams, but a couple of my friends were like, "No, we want the vegetarian option." And it's fucking vegetables from every corner of the fucking planet. Really? They don't want to pollute the earth, they don't want to support factory farming, but factory commodity farming is fucking awful. And not only that, it's almost slave labor. That poor fucking person who harvested your asparagus from Peru might have died because you wanted a fucking goddamn asparagus in August. Which doesn't happen. If you're going to be a vegetarian, limit yourself to food from a place you can go to in two hours and just eat that. Do it, or shut the fuck up.
The volatile chef on expanding his empire, anger management, and why "farm-to-table" is BS in our extended Q&A.
—By Jesse Ashlock

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