Cafe Society

Reader: This chef's arrogance is off-putting

Aaron Bennett, the exec chef of Boulder's Bácaro Venetian Taverna, is the focus of this week's Chef and Tell interview, and some of his comments already have readers simmering. The one that seems to be causing the most consternation? Bennett's list of pet peeves: "People who come into a restaurant five minutes before it closes, but mainly people who order a gorgeous piece of steak, salmon or tuna well done. That just kills me. They obviously have no idea what they're doing and don't care about what they're eating."

What do you have in the pipeline?

Says unBoulevardier:

There's a genuine humility that needs to be present in the service community. How I believe a steak, or tuna, or pork best served is irrelevant if that doesn't bring pleasure and satisfaction to the guest who is paying for it. The arrogance is off-putting.

Read the first half of the Aaron Bennett Chef and Tell interview here, and come back later this morning for the second installment.

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