Thomas Keller, one of the top chefs in the world, fesses up on his influences. From an interview with Reuters:
What were your food influences growing up?
A: “As the youngest of five boys, I had to fight to get what was leftover. Right now, I’ll eat anything and I’m not a snobby eater. I can enjoy a McDonald’s hamburger. You eat these things because you remember it from childhood and it’s comforting.”
Not much to add to this aside from recalling that Julia Child was fond of McDonalds French Fries (before they changed their oil policy).
Well, no. There is something I can add to this, something that I’ve been repeating on this site ad nauseum. People like what they like, whether it’s a McDonalds hamburger, an eight course meal at Per Se, or a plate of sushi. “Taste” (I’m talking about that elusive ideal that supposedly dictates what is good and what is not, rather than one of the five senses) is purely subjective.
Of course this specific point of view leads to really boring blog posts, book topics, and magazine articles, so there’s that to keep in mind.
via The Food Section