Here is what we would like to tell the current Sysco CEO, whom ever he or she might be. Sysco is exactly why we don’t eat very often at restaurants. In our opinion, locally-grown food is better than frozen food, and food prepared from scratch by a trained professional is better than “heat, assemble, and serve” meals that are so common at restaurants today. Why pay extra money for pre-cooked, frozen food entrees. Many of Sysco’s products—the meat, the vegetables, the fruits—are not that different than what you’ll find at the local supermarket.
Some questions to ask the food server at your next fine restaurant experience — Do you offer any locally grown items on your menu? Where do the food items on your menu originate? How does the chef (or cook) prepare the entrees? Chances are the answers will be — No, we don’t have any local food on our menu. And, we order our menu items from Sysco’s 400,000-plus item catalog. Our chefs have been trained to properly defrost and heat the frozen entrees.
Our reply to Sysco — “Well, maybe we should rename restaurant chefs or cooks and start calling them Sysco defrosters.”