Michelin-starred restaurant bans diners from photographing their food

‘I mean, what are they doing?’

Olivia Petter
Thursday 02 November 2017 13:03 GMT

A British restaurant that holds three Michelin stars has banned diners from photographing their food.

The Waterside Inn in Berkshire will no longer tolerate eager social-media snappers in its prestigious dining room.

The restaurant was founded by Michel Roux and his brother Albert in 1972.

Michel Roux (right) pictured at The Waterside Inn with Pippa Middleton and Alain Roux
Michel Roux (right) pictured at The Waterside Inn with Pippa Middleton and Alain Roux (Rex)

Although the acclaimed, French-inspired establishment is now run by Michel’s son, Alain, Roux clearly maintains a strong influence over the restaurant’s rules and regulations.

“I’m really getting so upset about people taking pictures,” the 76-year-old chef told the Daily Mail, who instructed staff to put a card up on the restaurant’s door saying “no photos, please”.

“I mean, what are they doing? Maybe once during the meal you want to take a little photo of something because it’s unusual,” he added.

Part of Roux’s vexation with photographing food is that he feels a photo cannot represent the quality of the flavours.

The riverside restaurant has been dubbed a “classic French” eatery by Michelin, which awarded the Roux brothers three stars – a merit it has held since 1985 – for their consistent culinary excellence.

However, it’s not the only leading restaurant to have imposed a “no photos” policy.

In 2014, a group of top chefs in France launched a campaign to ban the practice all together, claiming it spoiled the atmosphere of dining out.

Shortly after, a slew of New York eateries enforced photography bans, including Momofuku Ko, the famously hard-to-reserve Asian fusion restaurant by David Chang.

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