If you were paying hundreds of pounds to eat at a Michelin Star restaurant would you expect to know what’s in your food? I certainly would. But apparently that’s ‘too great a burden’ for the country’s top chefs.
Over 100 of them, including Albert Roux, Thomasina Miers and BBC’s Prue Leith have written a letter complaining about the new EU regulations to highlight the 14 top allergens in all food.
For restaurants who shout about sourcing fresh, top quality ingredients I wouldn’t think this would be a problem. Silly me. Apparently it’s creating ‘significant damage’ to the catering industry. How? By making them accountable for their actions? For protecting consumers?
There was me thinking that the public had a right to know what was in their food. Many people may not be able relate to the need for allergen information but after the recent horse meat scandal most would probably agree that they would like to know what’s in the food they are eating.
The chefs have also said the rules are hurting their ‘spontaneity, creativity and innovation’. Perhaps they should come to my kitchen. Allergy mums are the most creative of all cooks. We recreate family meals with huge restrictions, design new recipes and experiment with ingredients day in, day out.
And I can tell you 100% what’s in the food I serve.
With food allergies on the increase and people more aware than ever about what they put in their bodies, I think these chefs should be setting the standards not looking for sympathy.