I've written on this forum before about my affection for the Planet Green show Future Food, starring the staff at Moto restaurant in Chicago. Last night I watched an episode that really made me think.
Chef Homaro Cantu and his pastry chef, Ben Roche, made a tasting menu for guests out of creeping thyme, aloe and other plants that grow widely but aren't generally thought of as edible. It's all stuff that is recognized as bitter and unpleasant to eat. The chefs made it palatable to diners by providing them with magic berries
to eat first, coating their tastebuds and making their efforts taste less horrible.
I couldn't help but feel like that's cheating. I would be pissed if I shelled out $135 for a tasting menu of stuff that's so gross that I have to trick my tastebuds to eat it. Cantu called it a possible "miracle" that would allow the poor and homeless to survive on plants that we currently ignore as a food source. I think if they can afford magic berries, they can afford less disgusting food.
What do you think?