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Gordon Ramsay calls for rules on serving out-of-season food on menus

09 May 2008 by

Gordon Ramsay has called for legislation to ban restaurants from putting out-of-season produce on their menus.

The celebrity chef claimed chefs should be given fines if they flout the rules.

"There should be stringent laws - licensing laws - to make sure produce is only used in season," Ramsay told Radio 5 Live.

"The quicker we get legislation pushed through the Houses of Parliament, the more unique this country will become in terms of its sourcing and level of inspiration.

"Fruit and veg should be seasonal. Chefs should be fined if they haven't got ingredients in season on the menu," Ramsay added.

Ramsay said he wanted to see home-grown produce on menus, not asparagus in December or Kenyan strawberries in March.

"When we haven't got it, take it off the menu," he said. "Understanding these seasonal aspects makes it 10 times more exciting for punters."

What do you think? Should unseasonal produce be banned at restaurants? E-mail me at daniel.thomas@rbi.co.uk and let me know your thoughts.

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By Daniel Thomas

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