Sometimes you hope for something so unlikely to happen that you can foresee the “Permission: Denied” reply before it even arrives. So, for work, I put in a request to do an email Q&A with David Chang and Corey Lee for Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, thinking it’d be knocked back because they are incredibly busy, acclaimed and in-demand chefs. (Incidentally, if you need to clue up on Corey Lee and his restaurant Benu, this much-cited tweet from David Chang is a good introductory course: “Benu in sf best restaurant in America? If not now then damn soon. Corey lee working w flavors that are on point. Run don’t walk.”) But, not only did things work out, request-wise, they both wrote surprisingly prompt, polite and thoughtful replies.
My favourite part was when David Chang explained which Australian chefs he was “crushed” by:
I’ve had so many amazing meals in Australia – Ben Shewry is doing awesome work at Attica, and I’m excited by the work the younger chefs in Sydney are doing – chefs like Dan Hong (Ms G’s), Mitch Orr, and Thomas Lim (both Duke Bistro). There is so much talent in Australia.