The Absence Of French Take Out
Let’s face it. We live in an on-demand world and, when it comes to our food, there is no exception. With the ever increasing options in food delivery services comes a hoard of dining trends attempting to appease users of the services. High-end restaurants are now offering customers transportable dining solutions to enjoy in the comfort of their own homes. However there’s one cuisine that’s still largely missing from the flood of food delivery options.
To understand why this is the case, one must get to the root of French eating traditions. A 2010 French survey found that 80% of all meals in France are enjoyed in groups and, the preparation is as much a part of the dining experience as the meal itself.
French culture is very restaurant-focused and it is a prevailing attitude in the community that dining is viewed more as an event rather than just a means for sustenance. The fashion in which the food is plated is also a huge aspect to French cuisine.
Joachim Borenius, head chef at Sydney’s French-leaning modern Australian restaurant, Bouche on Bridge, stated that he “[doesn’t] think there’s a lot of food that transports well…At the end of the day, I don’t think there’s any benefit for any type of food to be transported.” Borenius believes that while more “canteen-style” foods don’t go bad as quickly, stuffing any French dish into take-out containers would be a tragedy since “A lot of the meals are cooked to be enjoyed as soon as possible [&] when I plate food on the pass, I want it to be with the customer in the next few minutes."
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