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HurtsButImOK posted 2/20/2014 07:25 AM

I don't know. Background, staying in what they call a 5 star resort. Food almost inedible as they freeze, microwave, re freeze, microwave to defrost and brown in a pan. I know this because I am nosey, used to be a duty manager also. Stood in the kitchen and observed.

Tonight I cooked beef steak, potato rosti and fresh mushroom sauce. Chef and head waiter were amazed. I ended up feeding 5 of the staff and myself off one nice piece of steak. I guess if nothing else improves they now know what fresh steak, mushroom sauce and potato should taste like.

I stressed that I am no chef, imagine how much better if you knew what you were doing. Don't know if its a good thing or not to put ideas of better into other minds. They don't control their manager.

Feel a little hypocritical when they, rightly so, are focused on survival.

Cabrona posted 2/20/2014 09:05 AM

WHERE are you? WHY would a 5 STAR resort not have trained chefs? I do not understand why you would feel hypocritical wanting to help RAISE their standard of quality...

InnerLight posted 2/20/2014 09:23 AM

Feeding people good food is never a bad thing. Raising consciousness is a not a bad thing either.

So many restaurants microwave in plastic which is very unhealthy and gets xenoestrogens from the plastic into the food and raises cancer risks. Everyone should know this and stop doing it.

You did good!

absolut posted 2/20/2014 12:23 PM

I'm confused. Are you a guest there or do you work there?

Do you mean that you stood in the kitchen and observed at a place you don't work?

If you are just staying there as a guest, how did you cook? Does your suite have a kitchenette or did you use the resort's kitchen?

HurtsButImOK posted 2/20/2014 14:04 PM

Cabrona - its advertised as 5 star, and it almost could be but just falls short in some areas. I suspect from chats with the cooks that they had a chef who trained them and has now left. The food handling, refrigeration storage and visible cleanliness of kitchen are good. The cooking and keeping of meat is not.

absolut - I am a guest. Got curious about the food after eating it and asked to observe in the kitchen.

Innerlight - thank you.

I think I felt hypocritical or guilty as its so easy for me to say 'this is how it should be done' when the reality is that the staff need their jobs to survive and it might put them in an uncomfortable situation with management.

Eta - there is a kitchenette in the villa.

[This message edited by HurtsButImOK at 2:05 PM, February 20th (Thursday)]

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