I know it is incredibly trendy to eat food off anything other than a “boring” plate, but really, do you want a mouthful of someone else’s meal mixed with their saliva with your dinner? Or maybe the dirty washing up water has softened up the food debris which then got stuck in the cracks of a broken board. That’s what I got when I had my pizza on this board!
Why we should have a clean plate
Restaurants have a legal duty to serve you safe, uncontaminated food, from utensils which have been washed hygienically. Personally I would rather have a nice clean plate than take my chances with this sort of board. Recently a restaurant was prosecuted and fined £50,000 for ignoring EHOs who wanted them to stop serving food on wooden boards, which they said were incapable of being effectively cleaned.
There are now many types of artificial boards, slates and slabs that actually clean up as well as a plate, so if restaurants have to go off piste, then they can without putting their customers at risk. If your food is exciting and tasty, then maybe you don’t need a backdrop of something other than a plate?
Recently I went to a restaurant in the depths of Devon and waited in anticipation – the chef didn’t have a menu – he cooked what he wanted to from what was in the kitchen that day – local ingredients (no food waste)! I thought – this is all going to go horribly wrong when I get the food – it will come on something weird such as a pig’s trough, when lo and behold, my fabulous meal appeared on a…..PLATE! I have a feeling I am going to be regular customer, not just because of the means of service, but because this is an amazing restaurant!
As for those enamel dishes with chipped edges, don’t get me started!