Lawmakers in the ketchup-averse nation of France want restaurants to disclose whether their fare is freshly made or pre-packaged. Apparently not even French restaurants are immune to siren song of convenience foods. A Reuters piece says one of the country's "darker culinary secrets" is chefs' growing reliance on cuisine that's been "mass produced, vacuum-sealed in congealed 2-kg packs and sold wholesale to restaurants from an icy warehouse, with microwave re-heating instructions stuck on the side."
One industry estimate says just 20,000 of the nation's 120,000 restaurants could legitimately claim to make all their food from scratch. The law was approved in France's National Assembly and is headed to the Senate.
· France Forces Chefs to Confess Boil-in-the-Bag Fare [Reuters]
· All France Coverage on Eater [-E-]