Mike, I am very interested as a chef to hear what it is that you expect on a menu that your paying for & what it is that you like to eat at home?I haven't eaten any meat for well over a decade and I can honestly say that 99% of restaurants and shops cannot cook a vegetarian meal to save themselves. I really like the meals we have at home, we stopped trying to eat out because it was a complete waste of money. I think it's because the chefs aren't vegetarian so they don't have a clue. There's a big difference between vegan and vegetarian. I couldn't be vegan.
Restaurants/café style food is different to event based food which I am used to preparing & serving but I have done it all in my 32 year career.
From an events based style of service which is where I am mostly working these days we are in a position where we have to try & please a larger number of people while trying keep the dishes to a style that will suit the general vego & vegan population.
From an events perspective where we are say doing an event for 1000 people & out of that number there are 100-150 dietary requirements which include vegetarian, vegan, nut onion & garlic allergens, gluten free, no night shades, no preservatives, ovo, lacto, then you get thrown things like pescatarians, paleo, Atkins, keto etc, we try to serve the same dish for as many people as possible, its not going to suit every taste, which in a lot of cases is no different to meat eater specific requests either.
I mean I know how to cook many vegetarian dishes from many types of nationalities , but usually what suits one vego will not suit the next, whether that is personal choice because of some idealist belief or just personal preference.
As the time goes on in what is my trade I enjoy it less & less due to all these rubbish fads people get into.
I guess I dont see it getting any better & to be honest I am over it as most of what going on is just lifestyle choice, I do respect lifestyle choice but just getting totally ridiculous & out of hand imo.
As Ive said where I work we can do events for 1000 Australians & have up to 150 dietry requirements, when we do say an asian based event for the same number we have actually done 0 dietry dishes.
I think so much of what is being prescribed as dietary remedy in Australia is total BS & its all a western brain washing technique to sell more medicinal drugs!