This was the very first photo I ever uploaded on Flickr. It was December 22, 2004 and the camera used was a Sony Cybershot. Ben was three and Markus was a baby.
Here’s my very first food shot on Flickr—the famous Chatterbox chicken rice set at the Mandarin Hotel, Singapore, taken September 30, 2004.
Followed by the Mezza9 dessert platter at Grand Hyatt Singapore (October 1, 2004)
Many more food photos followed, as my Flickr album grew to 50,000 photos and counting.
I remember one dinner we had at the defunct Parallel 45. It was September 2005. My brother groaned as I took out my Olympus camera and took a picture of my espresso-marinated US flank steak and everything else we ordered.
At that time I don’t think my family was even aware I had a blog. I just took pictures of everything.
And so, when we opened Pepper Lunch Rockwell in May 2008, we had a free-for-all policy for picture taking. We knew that social media paved the way for Pepper Lunch’s success in the Philippines.
Here’s the very first meal I ever had at Pepper Lunch, Ngee Ann City, Singapore. This salmon pepper rice really hit the spot. It was February 13, 2006.
Last year I heard about a very popular Singapore restaurant that forbids guests to take pictures.
Jiro Ono, who makes the best sushi in the world absolutely forbids it in his restaurant.
My cousin Keri had the presence of mind not to pull out her camera while dining at Per Se last year.
And good for her. Apparently the idea of taking food pics is becoming demodé in fancy New York establishments.
What’s your view on restaurants banning food photos? Or people taking food pics?
How would you react if someone stopped you from Instgramming your roasted bone marrow with caper berries and toast?