There will always be some fresh gimmick in the food industry to entice the gullible and the unsuspecting. A lot of the times, it’s nothing more than a load of bullshit that becomes common practice because – let’s face it – who in such a competitive space wants to surrender capitalising on the wave. And if there’s one man who will never shy away from the prospect of calling bullshit when bullshit is so blatantly present, it’s Gordon Ramsay himself.
Here are the three food trends he cannot stand.
As the current cafe/chic brunch spot/restaurant favourite right now – edging out sesame, olive, and canola – truffle oil does nothing to impress Chef Ramsay. In fact, he believes it is used frivolously and to an excess:
“The worst thing, for me, is truffle oil. That thing needs to be let down. When [people] use it, they use the same fucking top [as any other oil], so they pour it, and it comes out in abundance. This thing needs to be let out in tiny, tiny, little [amounts].”
Fun fact, Anthony Bourdain has words for t-oil too. Something about being, “… as edible as Astroglide and made from the same stuff…”. Burn.
I know. Shock, horror, blasphemy. The delectable cut of fatty, marbled, luxury meat can do no wrong in the eyes of many. For the most part, it’s the most pleasure anyone can have with their clothes still on. Right next to peeling the plastic off a new screen, opening a box of new sneakers, and winding up a reel of 35mm film. Chef Ramsay, however, doesn’t believe wagyu is a terrible ingredient. Rather his assertion is wagyu as an ingredient has been wildly mistreated in the culinary world.
“It’s a special cut. It needs to be treated with a little bit of respect. Everywhere you go now, there’s fucking wagyu meatballs. Preserve it a little bit. Rest it. Allow it to become special.”
Never overdo it, I guess.
This is one that I’m surprised more people aren’t against. Chef Ramsay also detests this unnecessary addition to any given plate for what it does to both the aesthetic and taste – nothing. And honestly, who can blame him? It’s foam. That’s not an ingredient. That’s something you happen across in a sewer, along with other unsavoury waste products.
“The latest one I had, I was in Saint Paul, and someone gave me a bone marrow foam. Now when I think about having bone marrow, I don’t think about it as a foam… Sometimes they look like toxic scum in a stagnant pool. It was not very good.”
Right there with ya, mate. Get it out of our faces, because we’re not for it.