The chef’s orders


Published: Monday 30 November -0001

imagePeeved with diners wasting food, an Australian restaurateur has ordered her customers to eat everything on their plates “for the sake of the earth or pay a penalty and not return”.

Chef Yukako Ichikawa of Wafu, a 30-seat restaurant at a Sydney suburb, has also introduced a 30 per cent discount for diners who eat all the food. Ichikawa describes the fare at Wafu as guilt-free Japanese cuisine.

“To contribute towards a sustainable future we request a little more of our guests than most other restaurants,” she says in a list of her restaurant’s policies that is pinned on the door to the eatery. This list includes finishing all dishes ordered which are organic and free of gluten, dairy products, sugar and eggs. “Please also note that vegetables and salad on the side are not decorations; they are part of the meal too,” the notice says.

Some reviewers criticize Wafu’s strict policy as overbearing. But Ichikawa is undeterred. “Wafu is not just a restaurant; it is an extension of Yukako’s personal ethos toward nourishment and sustenance,” states the restau rant’s website.

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