I’ve had three very mediocre meals over the past month at places that I had really high expectations for (not cheap either). Giving my experiences some thought, I’ve concluded that since the restaurant business has boomed over the last couple of decades, a lot of people have chosen to attend culinary school (many of whom may have not chosen to do so before). And I believe that in many cases people may be choosing culinary school and seeing it as another viable skill to have with which to earn a living (and maybe not because they love food so much). And I think that some restaurant owners may be in the business for similar reasons. Now, I don’t think that that is bad to a certain level. What bothers me are places that are semi-expensive to high end which feature many contemporary menu items, but which consistently don’t deliver in terms of execution of the meal or in service.
My questions are:
1) Is this anything new?
2) Are there just too many “pretenders” out there trying to grasp our dining dollar?