Food is a vital element in human existence, but how do you tell a good story about food when it’s so much more than just the food?
And how do we know it’s important enough to deserve our attention?
In a new book, Gordon Ramsay tackles the question with a focus on the impact of food on health and wellbeing.
Food is everywhere, says Ramsay.
The story of food, he says, is an intricate one.
He explains the importance of food in the human experience: We all eat food, whether we like it or not.
We eat it in restaurants, we eat it on a street corner, we drink from it in cafés, we enjoy it on holidays.
But the world of food is a world of complexity, where the most common food we eat isn’t necessarily the most nutritious food, but what he calls “food that is, at the very least, not very healthy”.
This is why he has decided to tackle the problem from a food service perspective.
“Food is not a single thing, it’s not a simple thing,” he explains.
“But it is a very important thing to everyone in the world, and the people who care most about it, the food service, are the ones who make it work.”
A meal in one of Ramsay’s restaurants is a story about the relationship between food and human wellbeing.
Ramsay’s recipes focus on a food that is often very simple, but it also carries a very significant amount of importance.
A burger that has been grilled over a barbecue is the perfect example of the power of cooking.
The food service must be able to serve the person who needs it, not just the one who wants it.
It is therefore vital to create a menu that can help people to feel connected to their food, and also that can be accessible to everyone.
Ramsay, a former chef, says the importance to the story of his restaurants is the result of years of research and trial-and-error.
“I’ve had people come up to me and say, ‘You know, I had a bad day.
I was hungry, I was stressed, and I thought I was sick’,” he says.
“And I said, ‘Well, you know what?
You didn’t get hungry.
You had a good day, you were relaxed, you got something to eat’.” Food service management: what you need to know about it