The cultural environment in a particular region is an idiosyncratic reflection of the active participants. In Texas, common cause trumps the blood sport and artists accept aesthetic disputes in stride.
Alinea and Grant Achatz's cooking was even sometimes dubbed soulless. Like me, though, many of these critics had never eaten the food or spoken with the chef. I think maybe, all they needed to do was eat at Alinea once to discover the truth.