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Chicago chef starts Twitter debate about fancy restaurants, crying babies

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Chicago chef starts Twitter debate about fancy restaurants, crying babies

By Jessica Janner. CREATED Jan 14, 2014

There is a new debate sweeping the Internet about kids and fancy restaurants.

It all started when a Chicago chef took to Twitter to find out how to deal with a crying baby.

Chef Grant Achatz asked his followers if he should tell a family with a crying baby to leave so that other patrons could dine in peace.

The chef works at Alinea in Chicago. The restaurant charges $210 to $265 up front for a tasting-menu-only dinner, and people often have to wait months for a chance to dine at the restaurant.

Last weekend, a couple's sitter canceled so they brought their eight-month-old child with them. And the young baby would not stop crying.

The chef didn't do anything about it at the time, but he tweeted this question:

 

He got plenty of responses. Most people said no to crying babies. Their argument was that if they were paying that much to dine in a fine restaurant, children should not be allowed.

There have been other restaurants in recent history that have started banning children after a certain time of day.

Achatz also tweeted a photo of two fish heads saying "Definitely not baby food."

 

Chef Achatz says he actually thinks children should experience fine dining at an early age, but he is still torn about the recent situation.