The ambiance of fine dining can be disrupted by the frequent flashes caused by photo snapping foodies intent on preserving the contents of their plates for posterity. Now some restaurants in New York are fighting back against the growing trend by banning food photographs, a trend the Independent
describes as "foodstagramming."
Steven Hall, PR representative for Bouley restaurant, told ABC News
: "With the advent of social media, it just became that people like food porn."
One reason chefs are sick of their kitchen creations being posted to online media sites is they "claim 'slap dash snaps' show their creations in a bad light" according to the BBC
. Restaurants which are discouraging foodstagrams include Fat Duck, Le Bernardin and Per Se, though as yet there is no formal ban applied by the New York State Restaurant Association.
The trend has spread across the Atlantic with some British chefs also bemoaning the practice of diners tweeting the contents of their plates. However, other British chefs have lambasted the photography ban as a pretentious policy by primadonna restaurants.