by MPD
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Chef Gordon Ramsay, most commonly known as the face of Hell’s Kitchen, is getting all local up on your ass! For the past few years Ramsay has been quite outspoken on the importance of using locally grown fruits and veggies, but now he’s taken it a step further by suggesting that restaurants be charged a fine for using out-of-season produce.

Ramsay told the BBC News: ” I don’t want to see asparagus on in the middle of December. I don’t want to see strawberries from Kenya in the middle of March. I want to see it home grown.”  However, a surge of bloggers have begun to attack Ramsay’s own restaurants (he has 20 in the UK) for menu items like “tropical fruit desserts” and “ravioli of Italian winter squash.”

In response, Ramsay’s people say (and remember they’re British so ignore the strange spellings): “Gordon Ramsay Holdings recognises the importance of sourcing ingredients which are both local and within season. Nevertheless, the overriding concern for all our chefs is they use the highest quality produce, and therefore in some cases, they source ingredients from further afield.”

This whole local food thing brings up a pretty interesting predicament. Is it ALWAYS better to buy local? Should we consider farmers in indigenous countries who rely on our moola to make a living? Is local more important than organic? I agree with Gordon that buying local is the way to go, but also think that enforcing a fine is just…well stupid. What do you think bloggers? Local or not? Speak now or forever hold your peace.


  • chutneycarnival

    it is ridiculous to suggest that a fine should be imposed because his menus would not be what they are without imports. just as everything else is globalised, so are the taste buds. furthermore, with so many immigrants in the UK, he is suggesting censorship on food.

    if you can find what you need local – great- but sometimes a dish calls for yummy plantains and if you love plantains, you’ve just got to have them!

  • maddison

    i think that society eats foreign food way too often just as it eats meat too often and cheese and chocolate and big macs too often.
    a fine would be over the top, education is the answer.

  • Jennae Petersen

    I think a fine would be going to far. And chutneycarnival is right. Our taste buds are so globalized that I think it would be unrealistic to expect people to eat locally grown foods all the time. Case in point: I am originally from the Virgin Islands, and I love plantain and some of the fish that you can only find in the Caribbean. I prefer to eat locally grown when I can, but I do defer from that for some meals. Restaurants using only locally grown foods would be in quite a predicament: constantly changing menus frequently to reflect what is in season with customers not knowing what to expect is not likely to be great for business. Again, I prefer locally grown, but if not, I try to make sure the foods I eat are organic and/or sustainably harvested.

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