Customers fined for not finishing meals

Posted on 21. Jul, 2010 by in Industry News

There are plenty of debates circling the restaurant scene but a rather interesting one has cropped up down under. An Australian chef intent on reducing waste has begun penalising diners who don’t finish their meals.

Chef Yukako Ichikawa is offering a 30% discount to guests who eat all the food they order in her restaurant, Wafu. Those who fail to clean up their plates are not welcome back.

The menu tells customers that everything they are served must be consumed except for lemon slices, pickled ginger and wasabi.

“We are not only committed to serving meals that nurture and respect the body but are actively dedicated to the notion of waste prevention, and take seriously our responsibility toward the environment and sustainability for the future”, says a statement on the company’s website.

This reminds me of Little Chef giving you a lolly if you cleaned your plate :)

Photograph by alexandrechang

3 Responses to “Customers fined for not finishing meals”

  1. Will Griggs

    15. Nov, 2010

    As efficient as this may be, I’d feel obliged to see the size of each portion beforehand, or some nasty fines could be a problem when they bring out a bucket of fish.. ;)

  2. Incredible, especially the 30% discount if you do finish your plate! I agree with Will, you’d probably have to check out the portions before you actually sign yourself up for this! Interesting concept though, nonetheless, and I’m all for not wasting food.

  3. This is truly astounding! I can’t believe in this day and age that a restaurant owner or chef would consider doing this. Customers would more likely be turned off by this enforced rule which just wouldn’t stick in most places. Customers pay the money for a meal, in some cases, ridiculous prices for pretentious food, so if they can’t quite manage everything on their plate, so what? They’ve paid for it.

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