“It seems that at Dépôt Légal, the salad has a taste of stale (me) … By the way, Christophe Adam, your dishes are they all in such bad taste? The Parisian restaurant of the founder of the hit concept “L’Éclair de genie” withdrew a salad from his card Tuesday after a heated controversy on social networks.
Entitled “Tching Tchong”, the composition of spring rolls, prawns and an eponymous sauce created by the star pastry chef has indeed given heartburn to some customers.
“In 2019, you’re oklm (in peace, ed) in a restaurant and you come across this kind of joke “For example, Lydia, whose Twitter message was shared more than 1000 times Monday night. “It’s cultural arrogance,” comments Arnaud. “Simply outrageous” slice the account It’s between us, a webseries on YouTube that speaks about clichés about Asians. And many Internet users remember that the expression “tching chong” is neither more nor less ordinary racism, already widely denounced in recent years following several polemics.
In recent years, several controversies have erupted over this set of expressions that convey clichés about Asians, especially after the contested skit of Kev Adams and Gad Elmaleh in 2016, the death of fashion designer Zhang Chaolin and the major events that followed or more recently the “Hi Tching Tchong” launched by a student of HEC to a Chinese student.
“Not aware of the pejorative connotation”
The famous pastry chef, who opened his Eclair de génie in Shanghai (China) in December after already two Japanese outlets in Tokyo and Yokoma, reacted very quickly to this new controversy.
“Last night, we were challenged by the name of our Asian-flavored salad, which hit a lot of people from the Asian community, but not only. We would like to point out that this name was chosen very clumsily for its Asian resonance and not to display a racist side that absolutely does not exist in the Legal Deposit and more generally in the heart of L’Éclair de Génie society. When we printed the cards, we did not realize the harsh, offensive and pejorative connotation of this expression. As a result, we immediately removed these words from the card from the first comments, “said Christophe Adam via the accounts of his two Parisian restaurants on Twitter and Facebook.
And to insist: “We obviously condemn with the utmost firmness the messages of hatred and racism against any community. We sincerely apologize to the entire Asian community and all our customers and kindly accept them. “