“Americans will eat garbage provided you sprinkle it liberally with ketchup.”
“I mix mayonnaise, ketchup, and brandy with a little bit of mustard. This is a heck of a good sauce for seafood.”
“The Japanese have become so smitten with the Western condiment…that today they have a word for mayonnaise junkie: mayora.”
From the very beginning of food consumption, humans have been on a quest to make it taste better. So, after the addition of simple salt or sugar left them unsatisfied, the use of condiments has been the way to go, while also providing a way to challenge the autonomy of the chef by altering a dish to the diner’s personal taste.