Yesterday someone asked my my opinion of PFChangs, which I’ve never been to because I don’t generally support chains. Their response was (summarized) ‘I had a cold and couldn’t smell anything, so I wanted a place where I could trust that my meat wouldn’t be rotten’ in this persons mind, the corporate structure ensures a certain level of quality and safety. I’m skeptical about that (see factory farming and mechanically separated meat, Chippotle, etc), but what really confuses me is the idea that dining out comes with a possibility of getting served rotten meat. Wtf? Have you ever been served bad meat in a restaurant of any caliber? Have I just been lucky? Sure it’s nice to be able to smell your food, but ‘to make sure it’s not rotten’ just seems insulting to cooks and chefs everywhere and has never occurred to me. Ive worked in bakeries, restaurants, and hotels for 20 years and eaten everything from Lao street food to El Bulli and while I’ve seen some corners cut, I’ve never seen or eaten anything that would leave me with this persons concern.
Have you ever been served meat that was bad or going bad? Is this a concern to anyone in the world besides this one person I know? Maybe there was a bad experience in the past, I don’t know, but I can’t wrap my head around that level of fear. Thoughts?