You might just want to stay right here in the ol' U.S. of A. and have a burger with fries. According to a recent survey, around 33 percent of French restaurants are committing a ghastly sin: they're serving diners factory-frozen products—an egregious transgression in a country that prides itself in creating the world's best chefs. Things have gotten so bad that everyone is busy thinking of ways to make sure you know you're getting French food the way it's meant to be cooked—from scratch.
"In a survey conducted for the National Union of Hotel, Restaurant and Cafe Operators, a third of French restaurants acknowledged serving such factory-frozen products to clients," reported The Washington Post's Edward Cody. Given the findings of that survey, you're playing a sort of Russian Roulette with your brûlée when dining in any restaurant in France. There's a pretty good chance you're getting something you could get from the Cheesecake Factory—without all the jet lag.
But the bigger story is that number of French chefs using frozen ingredients is likely much larger than the 33 percent of French chefs honest enough to admit it. "Restaurant owners estimated that the real number is substantially higher, as many chefs were embarrassed to admit the short cuts that, in effect, hoodwink their customers," adds Cody, signaling that this number could be much higher, therefore increasing the chances you're not getting authentic French fare.