Musings on Restaurateurs...their cuisine and professionalism

cnwriter..carolinaStarred Page By cnwriter..carolina, 31st Aug 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1i9h8lgc/
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Eating out can be a joy and also a disaster! I have been writing reviews about restaurants around the world for over 25 years and have met the good, the bad and the very ugly. Sometimes great chefs give up the quality of their cuisine because of the demands of their unknowledgeable diners but others stick to their integrity.

My study of Nutrition and Food cultures

I have been a restaurant writer for over 30 years and have met many people who call themselves restaurateurs, chefs de cuisine etc etc. Today I find it rather interesting sitting on opposite sides of the table...me writing about you you serving me up all kinds of foods. Now to all intents and purposes you may be thinking well who she to have opinions and sometimes judgements about the food we serve. And in some ways I agree with that but my opinions are based on knowledge as I have studied food for the past 30 years. My judgements are based on those who call themselves restaurateurs but do not live up to that.

Now there are those who are very knowledgeable professional people who have studied the intricate forms of cuisine, management, service and professionalism and those I acknowledge wholeheartedly.

I, too, have for many years studied nutrition and health and having grown up in the UK and Europe learned about quality versus quantity, food combining and presentation. As a professional International Food, Wine and Travel Writer, I have visited many countries, studied their food culture, crops and all the things that lead up to putting a plate in front of a customer.

Wholesale Food Markets around the world

It was a fascinating experience to visit the wholesale food markets in places like Casablanca, Tangiers, Southwark and Provence and marvel at the incredible displays of fresh fruits and vegetables. My husband was an agronomist and I visited with him farmlands in Egypt, markets in Tunis and small cities throughout the middle East. All these gave me a deeper perception about quality and freshness.

Oldways Symposium..Bovine Growth Hormones, GMO's....

I was invited to an Oldways Symposium some years back on the Mediterranean Diet. It was held in San Francisco and I stood up to ask the debating board why 99.9% of the food stuffs here in the USA were grown on supermarket shelves instead of being left to ripen in the fields naturally. Why so much of the food is processed and dead before it even reaches the mouths of people. Of course no one could answer except for the answer we all know....GREED and MONEY.

Now the Bovine Growth Hormone and genetically modified foodstuffs produced by Monsanto flood the markets and are invasive in our markets. These chemically produced foods are causing many types of behavioral aberrations.

You may ask what this has to do with me. I guess nothing unless you care as I do what people put in their mouths. Buying fresh organically grown foods and non-hormone treated meats, poultry and dairy products is important to the health of every person.

As a Restaurant Reviewer

All these things influence me when I do a review. The ambiance of the restaurant, the service which today can be fabulous in some and abysmal in others. Food, of course, is of the utmost importance and I observe not only what is put in front of me but in front of other diners too. The freshness of the salads, the way the vegetables are cooked, the colour and smell of fish, meat and poultry. I have had occasion to send food back to the kitchen because the smell indicates it is not fresh. Also the overuse of sugar in desserts and the watery brown tasteless brew called in coffee which happens so often.

Chefs on the 'Ball'..at the mercy of unknowledgable diners

There are quite a number of chefs who are really passionate about food, its preparation and presentation..where they buy their produce and I take my hat off to these. I also understand how so many of you are at the mercy of your customers. They demand more and more mixtures on their plates thinking that quantity proves the price is worthy. Where entertainment and ego centric people gather in happening places in most major cities their huge demands indicate their total ignorance about cuisine.

To stay in business, chefs and restaurant owners have to cater to these folk and so out of the window goes quality. This is not always the case obviously but since I am a writer and not getting paid to do this I have a little freedom to say what I have found since I started writing about cuisine and those personalities.

I do have many friends in the restaurant business who value my integrity and oft ask me to try their new menus and give them feedback. Of course there are those who do not care for me and that is fine. I will still find wonderful places to eat and write about.

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I have been writing on food, wine, travel, cosmic creation and erotica for over 30 years I do horoscopes and numerology and light readings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
31st Aug 2012 (#)

Very informative, Carolina. Obvioulsy, you have seen it all, the greed and tricks of the trade. It has become just a business like the noble profession of medicine. The common person is the guinea pig and without a voice. I also know some reviewers are equally, if not more, guilty in pandering to those in this business. When greed takes over our lives, can we expect anything better? siva

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
31st Aug 2012 (#)

so true your words Siva..we live in a greed driven society...but I know it will change...you, me and others will make it so....

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author avatar Carol Kinsman
31st Aug 2012 (#)

Nice article, Carolina. I have always been food conscious and very picky about the restaurants that I choose to give my business to. I became a vegan several months ago and it is even harder to find quality vegan food when I eat out..

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
31st Aug 2012 (#)

always lovely having you comment on my pages Carol...have a great weekend..

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
31st Aug 2012 (#)

I love growing and supplying things to the restaurants in terms of raw material. Also love going out to eat once in a way. The Ambience and the privacy plays the most important role along with the type of service offered and the quality of food.
Was at one of the top restaurants here in Auckland for a friends birthday get together and what you have written describes it well...

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
31st Aug 2012 (#)

thank you Lady A...

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
31st Aug 2012 (#)

Fascinating information, Carolan. Thank you, and kudos for the star.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
1st Sep 2012 (#)

well thank you Steve...I write/speak from experience....

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author avatar Katherine Johnson
2nd Sep 2012 (#)

Great article, it was both interesting and informative, thank you for sharing

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
2nd Sep 2012 (#)

my pleasure Katherine...

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