Thursday, February 23, 2012

Michael Pollan says yea on Chipotle, nay on French Laundry

Posted By on Thu, Feb 23, 2012 at 2:30 PM

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Based on a recent interview with the Denver Post, it seems like Michael Pollan would take a Chipotle burrito over a five-course meal at French Laundry any day. That's right. The renowned culinary activist and writer of The Omnivore's Dilemma said that the fast food burrito chain "is a step in the right direction." In the same interview, he snubbed French Laundry, which has previously been voted as the best restaurant in the country. Pollan ate there on his 50th birthday and said that the whole experience "felt like work."

If you're a world-famous food expert like Pollan, you can eat whatever and wherever the hell you want. You can hit up five-star restaurants on the daily and refuse to eat anything with a pronounceable name. But if you're anything like Pollan, this probably does not appeal to you. Because for Pollan and like-minded promoters of the farm-to-table philosophy, simplicity is paramount. This is why fancy-schmancy, "theatrical" restaurants like French Laundry just don't make the cut. And that's why places with an emphasis on fresh ingredients, like Chipotle, do.

Let's all go get a 1000-calorie burrito and call it a day. Michael Pollan approves.

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