Wednesday 21 February 2018

Top chef hits out at 'unworkable' calorie plan

Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

A SECOND Michelin chef has added his voice to the growing row over the Government's calorie counting plans, insisting it will never take off in restaurants here.

JP McMahon, who owns the only Michelin-starred restaurant in Galway, Aniar, said the State should concentrate on getting people back to eating good food in place of processed products instead to trying to implement an "unworkable" calorie plan.

"I really don't know how it's going to work. It's nonsense and I don't know how they could administer it. In Aniar, our menus change every day subtly," he said.

Mr McMahon urged the Government to promote natural foods and consumer awareness of where food comes from and what it contains.


"We should be focusing on the quality of food. If people are going out to dinner and having a nice meal then this (calorie plan) shouldn't be to the forefront.

"What is much more important is eating natural foods and knowing the providence of our foods. Healthy eating for me is good products rather than processed food," he said.

Mr McMahon was echoing the criticisms of the plan made by Dublin Michelin-starred chef Oliver Dunne. Mr Dunne, of Bon Appetit, reiterated his concerns in Galway this weekend as he opened the third annual Galway Food Festival.

"Calorie counting is never going to come into play. It can't be enforced and it has already failed in the US, where it's been proved it made no difference to sales.

"Something like this can be used in the fast-food industry but it has no place in restaurants."

Irish Independent

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