July 26, 2006

Ramsey slaughters eel and Jonathan Ross eats its still beating heart – Yes!

I am sure that Ramsey is going to get some stick over his latest programme. If you missed it a Japanese chef killed a live eel with a quick blow to the head, a metal spike through the head. Following this the chef cut out the heart which Ramsey and Ross argued over who was going to eat it.

Earlier in the show Ramsey interviewed a lady who pointed out some of the worst elements of the indusrtrial pork industry – cramped, awful conditions and pretty awful practices.

Compare this to the respect the japenese chef paid to his eel. 'This is a strong fish' he declared and he made sure that whatever could be eaten was. He handled the fish carefully, having spent 5 years learning how to cook just that type of fish. Problem is though, you can bet that the graphic picture of the fish getting the chop and the beating heart is going to cause more of a storm than the treatment of the factory pigs.

We seem happy to chomp away on the pigs but treat the representation of the eels death as terrible and something to deny, hide away from. This seems horribly hypocritical and just wrong.

I come back to a point raised before – we have to take responsibility for the food we eat. This includes making sure that the production is ethical in the acknowledgement that something must die for us to eat meat. Ramsey has done well in reminding us of this.


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  1. I was more creeped out by the squirting castration than the eel decapitation.

    26 Jul 2006, 22:40

  2. My wife turned the tv over at that point – ho humm…

    27 Jul 2006, 08:00

  3. I just hid behind my hands.

    And Michelle Collin's Shepherd's Pie looked a bit like the first one I ever made (in Home Ec circa 1989) – I forgot to put any liquid in it. It set like a stone. And when I got it home mum had to give it a stock transfusion through a hole in the mash!

    28 Jul 2006, 08:20


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