Posted 30 October 2002 - 07:49 AM
Author, Hungry Monkey, coming in May
Posted 31 October 2002 - 11:32 AM
Because these "health police" took it upon themselves to be the "authorities" on the subject, and moved immediately to open restaurants and grocery stores full of bland, lifeless, passionless, statistics-laden food substitutes, they created an extremely negative perception of healthful eating. This has caused many of my colleagues to run as far from healthful cooking as possible - and while some do cook more healthfully than others, they are afraid for their lives to admit it. Our society has also enjoyed "excess born of success" that has caused us to bathe and breathe in artisanal products that were originally intended as enhancers and perfecters, rather than main subjects, like butter. Vegetables became "wimp food" and we foolishly began ordering meat with startch, fat, fat, starch and more fat.
You can eat very healthfully and eat butter, cream, goose fat and so on, but not when these ingredients are prevalent in every meal you eat. Balance is the key.
All chefs and restaurateurs are responsible for what they serve, though many will disagree. There is no question that what we choose to cook has a direct impact on the eater. Unfortunately, the lure of stars and culinary awards has many chefs believing the more decadent the better. On the flip side, all chefs and restaurateurs have an absolute right to serve what they want - how they want. This is what makes our business so exciting and personal.
I do believe that the pendulum needs to swing back more toward the center, and that the "health police" need to be incarcerated.