This week Randaddys is celebrating its 1st birthday. In this past year we have found ourselves in many challenging positions as a new small business and I am sure there will be many more over the years to come.
Our latest challenge is the HSE and more importantly Dr. James Reilly T.D. & Minister for Health. The Minister wants to put calories on menus in cafés, restaurants and fast food outlets. We at Randaddys are very discouraged as we are always striving to give the freshest, homemade, quality food with no additives or preservatives.
At Randaddys we pride ourselves on home-made, quality food with low prices. What should be the objective is the fight against obesity and how we feed ourselves and our loved ones. It has been a big wakeup call over the past year as I see many families looking for the unhealthy option to feed themselves and their family.
I feel that the problem is in the way we cook and choose our foods such as deep fried, candy snacks, premade and packaged, modified starches, canned sauces, breads that sit on our shelves and are still good after 5 days; restaurants, pubs, and cafes that rely on bought in pre-fabricated frozen food and say that it can’t be done any other way because of the present economic climate.
The most important aspect we should be considering is the culinary education of our children in the education system and culinary schools across the country that are misleading young chefs on the way eateries should be ran and some hotels that practice bad cooking techniques that we call home food.
Well I think we all need to take a reality check on how we live our lives and the choices we make in our diets. We all have a choice on what we eat and don’t eat. Will it be deep fried sausage and chips or oven baked? Fresh scampi or frozen breaded scampi with modified starches? Bought in curry powder just add water or make your own. I think we all need to have higher standards on what we call food when we are eating out and so do we, the people in the world in culinary arts, about what is right and wrong when it comes to the preparation of food.
My challenge to you is to start voicing your own opinion of this and send us a message below on what you think Mr. James Reilly T.D. & Minister for Health is proposing. It has only been 45 days since the FSAI published their Press Release and the opinion polls have already been closed. If that’s not a stealth bill I don’t know what is….
Please write and let me know how you feel and I encourage you to share it with the Minister himself….