Today, I found myself staring at an elevator that did not look inviting. I reluctantly pushed the button and waited for it to arrive. As it came down the shaft, I could hear the creaking and the may other noises it made, still wondering if I should get on. The doors parted ways with each other and I entered. After what seemed like an eternity, the doors began to shut and I was now along for the ride.
As I arrived on the second floor, still hearing the noises of the old machine, I saw the doors begin to open. The ride had not stopped yet. I actually saw my cart slide into its place. I don't know if that was suppose to happen, but I was just happy to make the sketchy journey to the second floor.
As I exited the building I thought about the chance I had just taken. I was only going to the second floor and yet, I chose to take the elevator. I could have taken the stairs. It would have required some effort but at least I could have ensured a safe journey to the top. So what does this have to do with food?
I've noticed there is not much new or different dishes out there being made. I feel the restaurant industry is getting a sort of "elevator" mentality. You see every building has stairs, but we choose to lock ourselves up in this metal box in hopes that it will take us to the top. If you want to be at the top, you must think out of the box. Just having the best chicken and waffles in town will not win you awards. But what if we tried chicken and crepes? I've not seen that. Its outside of that box. Yes you may have to take those stairs. You may have to work a little harder. But you can guarantee yourself you will get to the top.
Being a critic of food, I can tell you there are combinations out there that are being tried and are successful. Those people are winning awards. Your special garlic mashed potatoes are good, but I'm not telling anyone about that. It's time we all stay out of that metal box. If you stay in the box, you may not make it. Just put in the work, and take the stairs.