It’s kind of funny, as I never really think of Kevineats as being super influential, but I’ve sat next to him at some restaurant openings, and he does indeed get treated differently by the industry folk. Typically this is given away by the fact that he posts photos of his menus where the staff write things like “Thanks for coming in Kevin!” so I figured it was obvious. Catering to him seemed more ostentatious than how restaurants treat Johnathan Gold when he is there…sort of funny.
Don’t really have anything against Kevin, though. Seems like a swell gig. He seems to really take the photos pretty seriously, too in person.