David Chang Calls wd-50 'The Most Important Restaurant in New York'

Photograph by John Joh

In an interview with The Huffington Post, David Chang talks about the culture of celebrity chefdom, about supporting small, independent farmers against "big tobacco" agri-business, and calls Wylie Dufresne's wd-50 "probably the most important restaurant in New York":

I think that Wylie Dufresne at wd-50 is America's most under-appreciated chef. I learn from him. New Yorkers don't know how lucky we are to have someone like Wylie because he was the first person to bring a lot of what was happening in Europe to America and he doesn't make concessions. His restaurant is probably the most important restaurant in New York -- and allowed so many restaurants to do whatever they wanted to do -- because he created a whole new genre of cooking. If you look very closely at his food, it's very, very unique, and even his techniques are not similar to anyone else. His food is influenced by Ferran Adrià and Heston Blumenthal, but while a lot of people are first generation acolytes, Wylie is six generations removed. He's internalized it so it's his. It's New York.

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