“Why do I have two knives?” asks one of the six second graders from P.S. 295 who “got a head start on the fine-dining life” when they visited French restaurant Daniel, one of the fanciest restaurants in NYC.

The New York Times treated the 7 year olds to dinner, then made this amazing video documenting their critiques and reactions.

Chef Daniel Boulud tells the insanely well-mannered kiddies, “It’s just like when you travel; we’re taking you on a little bit of an adventure here,” before serving them smoked paprika cured hamachi and Wagyu Rib Eye. “It’s delicious, it’s the best,” says one second grader about the steak course. In the video, Boulud explains,

“I never had a chance to go to a fancy restaurant as a child. I grew up on a farm and I had a lot of things that we were raising ourselves, so there was a certain connection to everything.”

After tasting a nonalcoholic cocktail, 7-year-old Chester Parish said: “This is, like, the only good course. It’s yummy.” This is kind of unfair, since Parish also really liked the rib eye.

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Daniel Boulud understands kids; at the same time, he’s obviously trying to expand their food horizons. He says, “Children crave the food they can identify, the seasoning has to be mild, in a way, and simple.”

[via New York Times Magazine]

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