Chef Thomas Rode Andersen is looking back to the Stone Age for his new fast-food restaurant, Paleo, which will open soon in Copenhagen, Denmark.
What does that mean exactly? No starch, no processed food, no refined sugars, and no dairy products. This is fast food fit for a cave man or woman.
Known as the Paleo Diet, this nutrition plan has been gaining popularity, particularly in the U.S., and celebrities such as Megan Fox are rumored to owe their svelte shapes to this ancient diet plan.
According to proponents of the Paleo Diet, the human body works best (and looks best) when it is fed foods that Stone Age humans originally lived on, such as meat, fish and other game, in addition to plant life such as vegetables and fruits.
Processed foods are a big no-no, as is sugar, dairy, beans, grains and potatoes.
According to Andersen, he is creating “primal gastronomy.”
From The Guardian:
“Bread is the devil,” says Thomas Rode Andersen, 43, who has created the menu for PalŠo and is head chef at the Michelin-starred Kong Hans in Copenhagen. After divorcing in 2005 he started dating a younger woman and swapped late-night beers and snacks for “paleo” food and exercise.
In the last couple of years he has become something of a poster boy for the paleo movement in Denmark, but he still allows himself the odd break from the diet.
“There is room for a glass of red wine once in a while. If I want to smoke a cigarette I will do that but there might be two months in between,” says Andersen.
Andersen is hoping that his take-out restaurant, which opens in Copenhagen within weeks, will inspire people to try a healthy alternative to standard fast food.
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The menu includes “meatza”, essentially a meat pizza turned upside down with a base of organic ground beef topped with baked tomatoes, pickled mushrooms and parsley pesto. For the hot dog, the sausage with wild leeks comes in an egg-based wrapper, while the risotto is made of small kernels of celeriac shaped to look like long-grain rice.
Cutting out refined sugar means that he uses ripe pears to sweeten the puddings.
This is not the first such restaurant: Berlin lays claim to having Europe’s first paleo restaurant, which opened last year.
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But not everyone is enthusiastic about this diet. Here’s what Cornell McClellan, who is the personal fitness trainer for Barack Obama, has to say, writing in the Chicago Sun-Times:
Not only are these diet choices somewhat questionable, it’s also worth pointing out that our Stone Age ancestors were not eating factory-farmed meat, which is full of chemicals and hormones. Unless you have a spear handy and access to unlimited buffalo, you are going to have a hard time truly eating like a caveman.
Finally, any diet that is as restrictive as the Paleo Diet is problematic because it requires cavemen-sized willpower, which means many people will soon abandon their hunks of meat for a modern-day helping of lasagna.
Still, the idea of doing without processed food, the stuff that crams the shelves of our supermarkets, is admirable. And if the paleo approach makes people think about where their food is coming from, that’s all for the good.
We wish Mr. Andersen all the best in his new venture!
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