Study: 87% Of Recipes By Celebrity Chefs Are Obscenely Unhealthy, Chefs Call Study ‘B.S.’


If the health advice of celebrity chefs is generally trusted by the public according to studies based in empirical (or silly) evidence, the public might be doomed. In a survey of cookbook and television recipes by celebrity chefs released last month, the University of Coventry found that 87% failed to meet the minimum national health standards. The study, carried out in Britain (to specifically shame Canada, obviously), argued that the superchef recipes extolled fatty, artery-clogging ingredients such as bacon and butter to pump up flavors.

Naturally, the chefs of Canada, those stomach-bursting, decadent hedonists in the Yukon, disagree vehemently — and none more so than Joe Beef’s Frédéric Morin (who, if you don’t remember, did this). As he said to The Globe and Mail:

The main problem with the British study is that it presumes that the public might otherwise be adhering to a saintly meal plan: “It’s as if the alternative is people making a green salad and a poached egg for lunch rather than the reality, which is 10 nuggets, fries and a milk shake.”

Both he and Marc Thuet, another Canadian celebrity chef, did acknowledge that they were complicit in being fat-pushers — “The more fat you put in, the more you’re going to be an acclaimed chef,” Thuet agreed — but really, they argued, anyone should know that the labor-intensive recipes full of hard-to-source ingredients aren’t for everyday consumption. “I have customers telling me that they skipped lunch so that they could enjoy a dinner here,” Morin explained. “It’s a treat.”

To summarize in the most Canadian way possible, here’s Thuet: “I don’t want to be too blunt, but I think that study is total b.s.”

[The Globe and Mail]

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