Restaurant clientele has changed drastically in the last 10 to 15 years. Diners come to the table with more knowledge about food than a chef could ever hope for.
Diners are experienced, curious and more adventurous than in generations past. They want to know where their dinner came from, what is in season and what a beautiful plate of food should look like. They're on Instagram looking at pictures of lush, tablescapes and precious produce. They're watching the Food Network at night, imagining what they would do with their own "Chopped" basket. But what most diners may not realize is that there is a huge shortage of skilled cooks in the kitchen.