Do you trust a Restaurant when it states Home Made

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Sue G

Do you trust a Restaurant when it states Home Made

On sunday watched a program on French TV where they went undercover in Paris.
Nearly all the restaurants stated their food was Home made when really the meals came ready cooked out of a packets and reheated in the Micro.

Waitress/waiters were asked, "is it home made" "yes" was the reply. Later in the evening they searched the rubbish bins, they were full of boxes from Metro and other companies that sell ready made meals.

It was stated that through out France 70% buy ready prepared food, even down to ready chopped onions and vegetables.

One restaurant had no stove or oven only microwaves.

One chef who used to be well known also buys ready prepared or cooked food, his reply as to buy he did this was, it works out cheaper and his staff don't have to work long hours and still be paid the same wage.

In France (not sure about the UK) as long as the pre cooked food is placed on a plate and a bit of parsley, salt sprinkled over the top for example it can be classed as 'home made'. Restaurants do have to inform the public. This they put before a health expert who said it was a " serious health & safty issue"
for eg, A person who can't eat nuts or dairy product wouldn't think twice about ordering a simple dish like Lamb shanks, but when reading the ingredients on a pre cooked packet of lamb shank it had dairy products plus nuts.

In Italy, restaurant by law have to state the food was either frozen or pre cook.

So would you trust a waitress or even the manager if they told you yes our food is home made?.

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Sue G

Do you trust a restaurant when it states Home Made

Should have said ' restaurants do NOT have to state if frozen or ready made'

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sandra

Home made

Sue
Am sure you are aware this is no rating of quality. The EU has the most bizarre rules !
"Home made" is a marketing tool, simple as.
Means absolutely nothing.

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Queen of Puds

Do you trust a Restaurant when it states Home Made

Doesn't surprise me & I wouldn't ask that kind of question as I think you can tell by the prices and/or the type of food it is. I would be astounded if any restaurant chain, like Zizzi, Cafe Uno etc, had much in the way of freshly prepared food at all, and 'gastro' pub chains will also have a degree of bought in produce because of portion control amongst other things. I think anywhere with a laminated menu card is probably a 'ping ping' establishment (forgive my sweeping generalisations here!)

In my experience almost all desserts are bought in even where food can be seen to be freshly cooked (except in some instances where you are in finer dining territory, or small family run concerns), because even good chefs often can't make a decent pud.

I guess waiting staff will often tell you what they have been told to say and/or think you want to hear.

And when you find a really good place to eat out, you need to patronise it as often as you can afford to, in my view, before we lose them.

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Thistledo

Thistledo

If food is pre-cooked/frozen, that doesn't necessarily mean it hasn't been manufactured on those premises. However, I would never believe that if food is stated to be homemade, that it's been made on those premises. It is likely, of course, that the food HAS been homemade but not in that particular restaurant.
Good policy - don't believe anything! LOL

 
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