Is fine dining dead? The Taste Buds discuss with chefs Thomas Keller and Daniel Boulud

Is fine dining dead? The Taste Buds discuss with chefs Thomas Keller and Daniel Boulud
Boulud and Keller visit the Chef's Garden in Milan, Ohio (Source: WOIO)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Taste Buds have got quite the scoop this week.

I sat down with multiple Michelin star chefs Daniel Boulud, who has 19 restaurants worldwide including Daniel in New York City, and Thomas Keller, of Per Se and The French Laundry. I got the unbelievable opportunity to pick their brains about important industry topics.

The pair were in Ohio to visit the Chef’s Garden and host a fundraiser for the American Team competing in the Bocuse d’or. Keller and Boulud serve at Mentors.

Is fine dining dead? The Taste Buds discuss with chefs Thomas Keller and Daniel Boulud

On the show this week, we’ll air their thoughts on the future of fine dining. I asked the pair of industry giants whether or not fine dining has lost its luster with the American public given the popularity of fast casual restaurants.

Multiple Michelin Star Chefs, Daniel Boulud and Thomas Keller make a visit to the Chef's Garden in Milan, Ohio.
Multiple Michelin Star Chefs, Daniel Boulud and Thomas Keller make a visit to the Chef's Garden in Milan, Ohio. (Source: WOIO)

I also asked the chefs if we’re in the middle of the “age of the purveyor” where diners are placing more of an importance on ingredients, where they’re from and how they’ve been grown or raised rather than all the emphasis being placed on what’s done to ingredients on the restaurant end.

And finally, with so many restaurants operating understaffed, I asked Boulud and Keller how do they think the industry need to combat the labor shortage.

Hear their answers, and more, on this week’s Taste Buds episode.

You can watch it live this and every Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. on the 19 News Facebook Live broadcast, app or website. You can also watch the show through Roku or Amazon Fire TV.

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