Dear fellow food bloggers and whoever is reading this,
I’m writing this post with much annoyance.
A little bird told me a very disturbing piece of news today:
A rather “famous” food blogger (X) went to a restaurant with a group of friends for brunch this morning. When the bill came, X asked for a waiver cuz he’s a food blogger. Like, seriously?! In the end, they were given a 50% discount and X had the audacity to tell the chef something along the line of “I always get free food wherever I go“.
Omg, can you believe that???
Hello, wake up. Just because you take photos of food and blog about it doesn’t mean you are entitled to free food. Anyone can be a food blogger these days, all it takes is a camera and a blog. Even my grandma can do that. Does that mean restaurants have to sponsor everyone for their meals?
I do not know X personally, nor do I care to. But I’m taking this personally cuz it’s spoiling the reputation and good name of food bloggers. All the bloggers I know are extremely nice people and I know that they are not as shameless as X.
I’ve no idea how long such tasteless solicitation for FOC meals has been going on behind the scenes. This is actually not the first time I’ve heard of such a thing. I was amused the first time, but I’m certainly not laughing now cuz it’s plain disgusting. I’m fine with restaurants inviting bloggers for tasting events but definitely not the other way round. Integrity is the word, people. If you really truly blog for the passion of food, this issue is a moot point.
I believe that my fellow blogger friends will agree with me that we eat within our means. If you can’t afford restaurants, go to hawker centres. If you can’t afford hawker centres, cook at home and blog about your kitchen escapades. If you can’t afford to do that, DON’T blog and just read others’ reviews. So why go to a restaurant when you have no intention of paying in the first place?
Some of you may be aware that the so-called Annual Bloggers’ Dinner is taking place next week. I’m pretty sure that X will be attending and I’m so glad that I won’t be. To share a table with such a person is bound to give me indigestion. I’m just wondering, is Michaelangelos’ Restaurant going to waive that $50 price tag for you JUST BECAUSE you are a food blogger? Sheesh.
To X: If you happen to read this and decide to take your petty revenge by writing a lousy post slamming that restaurant, I dare you to. Count yourself lucky that the kind chef gives you and your bunch of friends that 50% discount. If I’m the chef, you can wait until the cows come home for that discount.
To restaurants out there: I sincerely apologise on behalf of X and any other food bloggers who have exploited their “status”. Not all of us are such bad eggs. You can give us complimentary items out of goodwill but please do not accede to anyone’s request for a free meal! It’s ridiculous.
P.S. The blogger X is a ’he’, but his blog sounds like a ‘she’. If that’s not clear enough, I don’t know what is.