Mario Batali weighed in on his view of crowd sourcing in his explanation of why he left Iron Chef for the Atlantic last Thursday. Saying that he felt only certain folks were qualified to judge his food. Here. Some “skinny little actresses from a show called ‘The OC.’” His response when they say they don’t like raw fish? “F*ck you, why are you talking about my food?” Who let you in this room?”
Atlantic also posted an article that’s well worth the read, wherein Batali also talks about becoming a cook in the 70′s, “Keep in mind that in 1975, when you became a cook, it was because you were between two things: you were between getting out of the military and … going to jail,” Batali said. “Anybody could be a cook, just like anybody could mow the lawn.”
The man speaks truth, at least on the second point he does. Anybody can still be a cook, but these days you’ll have to accept the fact that someone who knows very little about food, who does not have to qualify their food knowledge, or even use their own name will also be judging the work publicly. Some folks will even take their comments seriously.