Felix Ortiz’s Proposed Salt Ban


I normally maintain my cool in this particular forum, but this just goes beyond my comprehension.


Has the man ever cooked?  For the love of God, has he even boiled water?  This ridiculous bill states that, “ A. 10129 that “No owner or operator of a restaurant in this state shall use salt in any form in the preparation of any food for consumption by customers of such restaurant, including food prepared to be consumed on the premises of such restaurant or off of such premises.”

I have NEVER in my 42 years on the planet, my 30+ years cooking or my 20+ years in restaurants seen any chef, cook, assistant or anyone remotely human cook without using salt.  And.  I do not want to. Salt changes boiling temperatures.  Salt affects flavor balance.  Salt extracts fluids.  And. Salt is actually necessary for proper cell function. Look up sodium potassium pump if you do not believe that.

Now, does the typical American consume to much salt, yes.  But the majority of that happens to be in processed foods, not in well prepared restaurant foods.

As one of my favorite eating divas, Food Philosophy, said…first they came for the foie gras…and commandeering Martin Niemöller’s famous quote may seem blithe to some, but really it is not.  How Big Brother is it to assume that the public needs to have the Food Fascists completely eliminate their option of choosing how much salt they want in the food they are buying in NYC?

And would you like to discuss the economic stupidity of legislation of this ilk? NYC is one of the only cities in the entire country recognized around the world for its cuisine.  If chefs are not allowed the use of an ingredient which exists in every cuisine on the planet you can kiss the reputation of NYC’s restaurants and all of their tourist attracting dollars goodbye.

Felix Ortiz has obviously never spent any time in a kitchen.  Next week, no sugar, no coffee and no cream sauce.

Rant over.


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