The Michelin Guide UK Twitter account has been posting photos of lovely food at very nice restaurants for some time now, but on Saturday, October 3, the Twitter account posted a photo of a single snap pea in a white dish that had been sent out to a Michelin reviewer “with the chef’s compliments.”
“Don’t know whether to laugh or cry,” the Michelin Guide UK posted.
It came "with the chef's compliments". It was a single mangetout. Don't know whether to laugh or cry pic.twitter.com/HTN8iACAr9
— The MICHELIN Guide (@MichelinGuideUK) October 3, 2015
The single snap pea was decorated with some sort of orange seasoning. One of the Michelin Guide UK’s Twitter followers surmised that the orange crumbles might be bee pollen, but really it is anybody’s guess.
The identity of the cheeky chef is still unknown, but it seems likely that he or she knew a Michelin inspector was in the restaurant. The single, orange-sprinkled snap pea might have been intended as an impressively minimal and completely unironic dish, but it sure seems a lot more likely that it was sent out as a bit of snark in food form.