I spent the winter season working in a private ski chalet in the French alps, mostly cooking for the owners and/or their friends. One week we had a group in who, after three days, told me they were 'kosher'. This after eating pork sausages and bacon sandwiches for breakfast every day. They decided they were kosher because I was serving monkfish tails wrapped in parma ham for dinner - they didn't want the monkfish because it's not kosher, which was a new one on me but, after some reading, found that this is indeed the case.
But after further discussion it turned out that they just didn't like fish, full stop. So why not say that? Because then they wouldn't be 'special', I guess.
Also had one guest who would ONLY eat chicken breast for dinner, nothing else apart from pasta with tomato sauce. She blamed her mother who had allowed her as a teenager to live for a whole YEAR eating nothing but chocolate yoghurts and chocolate biscuits.
What is it with faddy eaters?
Best was the group of three children who said they wanted their smoked salmon 'cooked not smoked please'. Right, I said, you just mean like poached salmon? No, not poached, fried, grilled but smoked - just without the smoke.
Ah, you mean like gravadlax?
No, don't like raw. We want it cooked like it is when it's smoked but without the smoke...
Just gave them thin slices of salmon filet steamed lightly.