The 50 Best Restaurant people got back to me — how kind. Points below ↓
Sadly, they did not disclose what I really want to know — who their government sponsors are. So I did the next, next best thing: email the author of the NYT piece:
I am unsure why government sponsorship bothers me this much but having spent time in extremely corrupt third world nations (mostly South East Asia) and exposed to some of the back channel workings of extremely corrupt governments in Africa. Add the FIFA bribery scandal, my trust in these organizations are extremely weary and frankly, a bit tired of being dicked around by people benefitting from the public who doesn’t know any better…
…aaaaand it’s official: I either have too much time on my hands or outright looney.