After keeping the poll open an extra two days because of a seeming lax in voting on the subject its finally brought to a close.
Out of the 6 votes its tied dead even with 3 for "Yes" and 3 for "No".
I'm slightly disappointed in the votes and lack of responses/comments to this question as I was thinking that this is a serious culinary issue.
It dawned on me that perhaps we all view the idea of "Cuisine" quite differently, leading us to believe if it really is dying out.
I spent some time over the course of the vote to discuss the idea of cuisine with a few friends, fellow students, and chefs. It would seem allot of the younger generation doesn't seem to understand what exactly Cuisine is. When I asked some of the chef instructors for their view on the subject the answers were varied, but all had a good idea of what exactly what Cuisine really is.
I asked one student, one I did not know personally and in passing, their opinion and thoughts and the response was something like this:
"Well yeah, cuisine in America is alive and flourishing! I mean you've got Italian, Chinese, French.. you know all that stuff."
There are two fundamental things wrong that I see in this response. First, and foremost prevalent, the student in question saw Italian, Chinese, and French as all there was to cuisine. The area, no more so the style, of the food seemed to be what dictated cuisine to him. Secondly, all these are not American.
While America is a "melting pot" of cultures, beliefs, and lifestyles to say our cuisine is defined by styles from places around the world is a mistake.
That statement alone leads to another great point in this debate. Does America even have a Cuisine?
I believe the answer is a resounding DUH!, but what exactly it is seems to be fading further and further away. Awash in a sea of fast food, 30 minute meals, and commercialized convenience.
I hope that America awakens to the reality that we tread dreadfully close to losing one of the most profound aspects of a unique culture, Our Food Heritage.