Grant Achatz on the Future of Dining at the Chicago Humanities Festival

The Next and Alinea chef discusses his schedule (it starts late, but runs really late) and the future of cutting-edge dining (he doesn’t think you’ll like it) and other upcoming possibilities.

The CHF can be a tough ticket, but they’re nice enough to publish a lot of videos. Their session with Grant Achatz is really interesting, as you’d probably guess. My favorite part? When Achatz talks about the next wave in cuisine: “participatory theater. We’ve been doing that, but taking it a step further, trying to involve more artistic elements, more emotional elements. And people will [dramatic pause] not like it. But that’s okay with me.” (I dunno if people won’t like it; Tony and Tina’s Wedding has been running for almost a quarter-century now. And what is The Weiner Circle if not hot dogs plus dramatic cultural tension?)

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