The reddit group We Want Plates recently exposed the ridiculous side of dining ware, from meals served in severed Coca Cola cans to faux mousetraps.
And now – in a case best described as putting the wrong foot forward – Israeli celebrity chef Segev Moshe presented some Japanese officials with chocolate in a pair of brogue shoes.
Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonot reported that Israeli Foreign Ministry officials and high ranking Israeli diplomats from Japan were “shocked by the idea.”
“What exactly did the illustrious chef Segev think to himself,” an unidentified diplomat said. “We can’t understand what he was trying to say here. If it is humour then we don’t think it is funny. I can tell you we were offended on behalf of our Prime Minister.”
“There is nothing lowlier than a shoe in Japanese culture,” a senior Israeli official explained. “Not only do they not wear shoes at home, you also won’t find shoes in their offices. This is disrespect of the first order.”
Segev’s publicist clarified that the shoes were, in fact, not real. “The dessert was served inside a sculpture by international artist Tom Dixon. This is a high-quality piece of art made of cast metal in the shape of a shoe.”
With social media outrage mounting, we wouldn’t want to be in Segev’s shoes!
However, he remains undaunted. Later, the incorrigible chef posted a video of several more brogues prepped for meal presentation.
Sydney-based Hannah Oakshott is a tea-obsessed pop culture enthusiast who can usually be found showing people pictures of her two miniature schnauzers or baking sweet, lemony food. Hannah is on Instagram @hannah.mareeee