I think this is amazing! Revolutionary! You could say it’s a bit heavy or dictating but I disagree! We need to be more disciplined, less greedy, less selfish and have a more global view. We are depleting the Earth of its jewels and ruining it. I think this article needs to be shared with everyone. Children, adults, chefs, teachers, parents, everyone! What do you think?
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has called for restaurants that serve fruit and vegetables out of season to be fined for not sourcing their own home-grown ingredients.
The 41-year-old said the industry was at risk of “spiralling out of control” as food is flown into the UK from all over the world.
Ramsay, whose restaurants include Maze, Petrus and Foxtrot Oscar, said chefs should be confident enough to remove a dish from the menu if the right ingredients were not available.
He said: “Chefs should be fined if they haven’t got ingredients in season on their menu.
I don’t want to see asparagus 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. There should be stringent laws, fines and licensing laws to make sure produce is only used in season.
If we get this legislation pushed through the Houses of Parliament then the more unique this country will become.
Ramsay said he had spoken to the Prime Minister Gordon Brown briefly about the issue and warned that buying food from abroad made cooks lazy.
“If we don’t restrict our movements within this industry of seasonal produce only, then the whole thing will spiral out of control,” he told the BBC.
He criticised fellow celebrity chef Delia Smith for her support of ready-made food and canned goods.
“I would expect students struggling on Â£15 a week to survive eating from a can but the nation’s favourite, all-time icon reducing us down to using frozen, canned food – it’s an insult,” he said.
And it makes our lives, from a chef’s point of view, a lot harder. Here we are trying to establish a reputation across the world for this country’s food and along comes Delia and tips it out of a can. That hurts.
Here is a list of which vegetables, according to the food website Eat the Seasons, are in season and when:
January – beetroot, brussels sprouts, parsnip, apples
February – cauliflower, chicory, leeks, pears
March – purple sprouting broccoli, rhubarb, spring onions
April – jersey royal new potatoes, radishes, watercress
May – asparagus, spinach, spring onions
June – artichoke, carrots, courgettes, runner beans
July – broad beans, cucumber, onions
August – peas, potatoes, raspberries, plums
September – butternut squash, marrow, blackberries
October – celery, kale, chestnuts, elderberries
November – pumpkin, swede, quince, walnuts
December – turnips, leeks, apples