Britain: forget Michelin stars – we’re all about the takeaways!
A recent poll has demonstrated something that many of us may have suspected already: the British people prefer takeaways to eating out at “pretentious” Michelin-starred restaurants. Small portions, long waiting lists, and “fancy” dress codes were amongst the reasons listed for passing on prestigious eateries. Bad news, perhaps, for Britain’s top chefs – but great news for food delivery services!
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The poll gathered responses from 2,000 adults, and revealed that a massive 87% of people preferred takeaways to mark “special moments” like birthdays than meals out – and 51% said that was true even if they were invited to Michelin-starred restaurants!
Graham Corfield, UK managing director of fast food takeaway service Just Eat, which commissioned the survey, made the following comment on the results: “Great takeaways are at the heart of British culture. Not only do these small, independent businesses offer fantastic food and service to their local community, their efforts behind the scenes to bring the nation the food they love often goes unrecognised.”
This isn’t the first time high-end eating has come under fire in the country. Marco Pierre White, the first British chef to be awarded three Michelin stars, has previously criticised the awards (and felt strongly enough about it to return his Michelin stars!). In 2013, he said: "Michelin star restaurants are not what people want. I find a lot of the modern Michelin-starred restaurants are trying too hard.”
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