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At the time, Chang stayed busy, not only between his four restaurants and book tour, but also with his sharp-tongued comments at chef panels. One that will most certainly go down in notoriety was the comment he made to Anthony Bourdain at 2009's New York City Wine & Food Festival, where he was quoted as saying, "I will call bullsh*t on San Francisco. There's only a handful of restaurants that are manipulating food . . . f*cking every restaurant in San Francisco is serving figs on a plate with nothing on it." The comment added fuel to the East Coast-West Coast food fire, as reflected by a San Francisco Momofuku book signing that actually got canceled in response. The Bay Area food world still can't stop talking about it.
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