I just found this thread, which I missed last week since I was on vacation. It was eerily familiar to the “ordering milk in a bar” thread, which I’m too lazy to link to but I’m sure someone will come along shortly and fill that gap.
Both threads more or less come down to two camps:
Camp 1: What you prefer to eat has no bearing on sophistication.
Camp 2: Enjoying some food prepared in certain ways (steak cooked rare, not well-done), or enjoyed in certain locales (wine in a bar, not milk), or preferred over others (Triple-cream brie over Velveeta) speaks of sophistication.
Granted, these threads only cover sophistication in relation to food; there’s obviously other areas. For example, I don’t think many of us will argue that one who enjoys Bach over Britney Spears is displaying a level of sophistication, at least in their musical tastes. In the same vein, one who reads War and Peace is usually considered a more sophisticated reader than the person who sticks with Harlequin Romances.
For those examples, it seems like it would follow that as someone educated themselves in certain areas, it could be said that they became more sophisticated. IE: someone who knows nothing about music may enjoy whatever comes on the Top 40 radio station. Give that person a few lessons in classical music, and they may find themselves enjoying that as much as the radio station. I’d tend to say that this person ended up with a more sophisticated taste in music.
With food, though, that breaks down, at least in the threads I mention above. Many people argue the point that what you eat doesn’t have anything to do with sophistication. So at least to some people, education does not equal sophistication.
So what is this concept of “sophisticated”? If it’s not a matter of education… what is it? Is it just a snooty way of dissing people? Or are there really some things - actions, foods, passtimes - that are more sophisticated than others?