Chef shares meal you should avoid ordering at restaurant as it’s

Going out for a meal is always a nice treat, as no one wants to spend all their time cooking.

But according to one chef, there are some things that just always taste better when you make them for yourself at home.

Gemma Simmonite, chef and co-owner of Gastrono-me in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, has shared the one meal she thinks people should avoid ordering in a restaurant as it’s usually better when it’s homemade.

And that meal, is a roast dinner.

Gemma claims she’s yet to have a Sunday roast in a restaurant that has come close to tasting as good as a home-cooked one.

Gemma Simmonite, chef and co-owner of Gastrono-me
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She said: “I don’t think I’ve ever had a Sunday roast in a restaurant that comes close to a home-made one.

“Because I’m vegetarian the vegetables in my roast can often be the headline act. In a restaurant they often travel to the table looking entirely sorry for themselves, lacking in variety, and either bullet hard, or overcooked to the point of mashing.

“Plus, they’re never seasoned or buttered, which in my book is completely unforgivable.”

She continues to say that roast potatoes in restaurants also never quite seem to meet her expectations.

“Roasties never seem to have that oily craggy thing going on either? Instead they’re invariably floury and depressingly uniformed in shape.

Gemma thinks roasts are better when they’re homemade (stock photo)
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“A roast is a labour of love, one that most of us have all grown up with and associated with warmth and family. I guess that cannot be translated into a single and usually frenetic service.”

But what about a dish that is better when made by a professional, instead of in your own home?

Gemma has an answer for that too – pizza!

The chef believes homemade pizza is “never worth the effort” unless you have a dedicated pizza oven.

She explains: “Domestic ovens simply can’t reach the temperatures required to achieve that fabulous risen and blistered crust.

“Don’t be fooled by promises of pizza stones either, far better to enjoy a good glass of red in your local pizzeria, and keep your kitchen counters sans flour!”

This isn’t the first cooking advice Gemma has shared with Mirror Online.

The expert also recently shared her top trick for preventing your dinners from tasting dull by using ‘flavour bombs’.

You can read her full list of tips here.

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