Restaurants are starting to crack down on customers who insist on photographing their food.
According to the New York Times a number of Manhattan eateries have enforced camera bans including David Chang's pricey haunt Momofuku Ko.
Chef and restauranteur David Bouley, who runs two locations in the city, said that he will only allow clients to take pictures of their dishes in the kitchen as table photography 'totally disrupts the ambience'.
Asked what happens if anyone is caught snapping images in the main restaurant, he said: 'We get on top of those folks right away or else it’s like a circus.'
Explaining why food photos should be banned Esquire states that it is distracting for 'who you're with', 'the other diners' and the 'chef'.
It adds: 'It chills the food. That chef just painstakingly prepared a delicious hot meal that... needs to be eaten now.
'That's not even just courtesy and respect. That's thermodynamics.'
The New York Times highlights that while some restaurants don't prohibit photography they have policies against flashes.
Talking about the trend for 'food porn' - which skyrocketed after the launch of the Istagram app in 2010 - a spokesman for a Mr Bouley's namesake New York restaurant said: 'It’s reached epic proportions.
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