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Unseasonal Rant

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay says British restaurants should be fined if they serve fruit and vegetables which are not in season.

He told the BBC that fruit and vegetables should be locally-sourced and only on menus when in season.

Mr Ramsay said he had already spoken to Prime Minister Gordon Brown about outlawing out-of-season produce.

I’ve come to regard Gordon Ramsey as something like a car crash. You just can’t help watching, even though I wouldn’t want anything to do with him if I found my vocation in a commercial kitchen. In fact, a past boss of mine was something like the accountancy world’s answer to Ramsey, even down to the language – yet he wasn’t a bad teacher, and I have no doubt that if that style of instruction suits you, then you’ll do well under him.

Yet Ramsey has made a second career out of barking orders and profanities at anyone who doesn’t match his standards or views, but like most Lefties (for clearly that is what he is), he doesn’t appreciate the quantum leap that is translating what he does in his own life into an imposition on everyone else’s.

If Ramsey wants his own restaurants only to serve local seasonal food then that’s fine. For everyone else, it’s their choice. As for fining chefs for not agreeing with Gordon, it fails the acid test: if this is to be a crime, where’s the victim?

(Actually, even his own restaurants don’t serve local, seasonal food, as Nick Ferrari this morning pointed out on LBC, when he examined the menu for one of Ramsey’s places: pineapples, unseasonal pears, raspberries and the like. Oh dear, Gordon, bit of a kitchen nightmare there, eh?)

And to bring the debate onto the free trade = fair trade meme, if all the guilt-ridden western liberals stop buying Kenyan green beans and coffee, how long before the Independent carries front pages decrying the poverty in African economies caused by this Western quasi-protectionism?

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