San Francisco chefs are pissed. One week after Momofuku’s David Chang said that in San Francisco, “There’s only a handful of restaurants that are manipulating food,” and that “every restaurant in San Francisco is serving figs on a plate with nothing on it,” the Asia Society center in San Francisco has canceled a forthcoming Chang book-signing.
Giving what Grub Street calls a “Larry David-style apology,” Chang said it was a misunderstanding yet affirmed, “I’m never gonna open a place in San Francisco.” OK, thanks for that.
By the way, the context for the “figs on a plate” comment was a panel at the New York Food & Wine Festival with Anthony Bourdain that actually sounded pretty amusing. Chang and Bourdain’s other targets included Guy Fieri (“Those dumb fucking sunglasses and that stupid fucking armband,” says Chang), food blogs (Chang copped to calling one blog “The Shitbag”), and Alice Waters (“I’m constantly having [my own internal] argument with Alice,” said Bourdain, as quoted in the New York Post. “I agree with the message, I just don’t think she’s the person to deliver that message … [like] when I see her cooking Leslie Stahl one egg over a roaring fire.”).
The Asia Society book signing was to be the first event in an upcoming book tour for Chang. Ouch.