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Leading chef warns of culinary apocalypse!?

post #1 of 10
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Leading chef warns of culinary apocalypse-Life & Style-Food & Drink-TimesOnline

What do you think?

post #2 of 10
I think it's a combination of BS, arrogance and self promoting schtick.

Thanks for asking my opinion.

Cat Man
post #3 of 10
Well, Cat Man, waddayaknow. Finally something we agree on 100 percent!

Those people are beginning to make my teeth ache.
They have taken the oath of the brother in blood, in leavened bread and salt. Rudyard Kipling
They have taken the oath of the brother in blood, in leavened bread and salt. Rudyard Kipling
post #4 of 10
pretty much my take as well. The shortage of foie gras I am aware of is caused by PETA whack jobs and Chicago politicians.
We produce more, and better food now, than in the history of mankind. If Chef Gagnaire can't find things, he is not looking.
......and throwing in Jamie Oliver as an expert is laughable.
post #5 of 10
I agree on the combination of BS, arrogance and self promoting schtick.

About Jamie Oliver, I don't know the guy very well (neither many celebrity chefs for that matter) since I don't have the Food Channel at home.

One thing that they raise in the article that I agree is the biodiversity of food stuff. Almost all the cows in North America are from a small gene pool. Many old species of cattle are near if not extinct... we are not talking about wild animals and habitat destruction here. Same for pigs, chickens, turkeys, even carrots, broccoli, onions, you name it.

More and more salmon are farmed which is killing more wild salmon of disease that the antibiotic fed salmon don't get. The salmon gene pool is being lost.

Tomato breeds are selected for their appearance, transportability, <perfectness> and shelf life stability but not taste or nutritional value.

Yes, we grow more food today. Better?... maybe when it comes to prepared and process foods that are safer against food poisoning but I question if it is better healthwise, for the environment, the economy or community welfare?

Something is odd when far away foreign vessel come to North American shores to catch fish to extinction, go back to their far far away plants then airfreights fresh fish to a New York market.

Our food supply is less sustainable then when most of the food was provided by local family farms. Manure today is handled like a toxic waste because the people that raise cattle are not farming something else where they can use the manure.

Cows are fed a rodent diet of corn (and grains) but are herbivores that should eat grass. Cattle cannot digest their fed without adding digestive enzymes. Cattle, before BSE became an issue, were fed cattle meat!

I question better.

I digress..... time to halt.

I eat science everyday, do you?
I eat science everyday, do you?
post #6 of 10

This is my concern as well, along with more and more of our food being produced by fewer sources and more corporate involvement, where profit not quality is the bottom line.

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A couple of weeks ago NPR did a report on how much of the food sold and eaten in the US comes from afar - China, Chile, Argentina, Russia, Thailand, Vietnam ...

A trip through the Trader Joe's aisles and reading labels results in a staggering percentage of their frozen foods and canned goods that are from the above and other countries.

While we are concerned that so much of our oil supply comes from foreign countries, making us beholden to them and, some say in danger of economic terrorism, no one seems to care very much about where our food supply comes from and the cost, social and economic, of importing so much of it.

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A RURAL terror group has threatened to firebomb TV chefs Rick Stein and Jamie Oliver.

The Cornwall National Liberation Army wants the pair to quit the county, claiming they are pushing house prices up and alienating locals.

And the group has vowed to attack customers eating at the two Cornish properties owned by the chefs.

Stein has a fish place in Padstow and Oliver recently opened his Fifteen restaurant in Watergate Bay.

Police said they were taking the threats "very seriously".

The CNLA claimed in an email that many locals had approached them to take action against the "incomers".

It warned Stein, who insists he has brought the "rosy glow" of publicity to Padstow, that one of its members is a Welsh activist who used to burn down English holiday homes in Wales in the 80s. The email read: "His vehicles and those of his clients are bona fide targets. At a unspecified date, Rick Stein will himself feel a 'rosy glow' in our Cornish port of Padstow."

And it branded Oliver "another incomer who has caused the inflation of house and other living costs".

A spokesman for Fifteen - whose profits go to disadvantaged local children - said last night: "We are disappointed because everything about us is Cornish. We employ Cornish staff and use Cornish food." Stein was unavailable for comment.

County council boss David Whalley called the threats "unacceptable".

Cat Man
post #8 of 10
Catman - I visit Cornwall every year, and have done so for over 30 years. I've been told that most people in Cornwall are treating the 'threat' as a hoax. This group have never been heard of before this letter, or so TV reports said.

Rick Stein has much more than one restaurant in Padstow. I've eaten in both his restaurant and bistro many times - I've been on cooking courses at his cookery school.

Believe me, before Stein put Padstow on the map, you couldn't get a decent meal in the whole area. Some locals resent him - so much so that they call the area Padstein. BUT, his family had a house there from when he was a child, his children were born there and still live there. He's served his time.

OK, he can be a trifle heavy handed about pushing through alterations etc - but he employs Cornish people, uses Cornish fish and fresh cornish seasonal foods.

The same with Oliver's place. The money is ploughed back into the enterprise, he doesn't take a penny. He also uses local produce, local staff (where possible)
post #9 of 10
I love Cornwall.
My aunt lives in Mylor Bridge at the mouth of the river Fal.
Of course, St Yves is always a good time too.
Especially this time of year

Cat Man
post #10 of 10
No argument from me here! St Ives is amazing, the quality of light there has inspired so many artists. I always try to visit the Tate when I'm over that side of the county.

We have a boat and keep it in a tiny seaside port on the Roseland Peninsula. It's a long drive to Cornwall, but worth it!
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