Very often when I interview people for a job as a server, I am told that they have a "fine dining" experience. Surprisingly enough, there are no guidelines out there (or none that I can find) that define the "fine dining" concept. All the so called "definitions" are subjective and can be interpreted wrong. What makes a restaurant to qualify as "fine dining"? What is the concept of "fine dining"? Can a restaurant that serves tacos or hamburgers be considered as such due to a good service, or a classy ambiance?
I am trying to write a blog and come up with a real definition. Any personal input over this subject will be a great starting point for me. "Dining" is clear what it means by itself. "Fine" has many forms. If you ask somebody "How's your meal?" and they answer "Fine!" is not a good sign.
Just like a grape varietal can be called "noble" if followes certain guidelines, what makes dining in a restaurant "fine"? Is it the food? Is it the service? How about the ambiance? May be a combination of the three? And if that, what are the rules?
In my opinion, as a basic requirement, we need white table clothes, highly trained servers and state-of-the-art food. If so, what defines a state-of-the-art food?. Do we also need white gloves? Can we call a restaurant as being "fine dining" if it can seat 500 people in the same time, or there is a limitation?
If you have an answer to any of these questions, please, do tell.