Don’t blame Chefette, says Haloute

The Managing Director of Chefette Restaurants Ryan Haloute has added his voice to the current debate about Barbadians and unhealthy eating habits.

Ryan Haloute
Ryan Haloute

Without commenting directly on a proposal made this week for the introduction of a “fat tax” or concerns expressed about marketing of the Chefette brand to Barbadian children, Haloute said the company took its corporate social responsibility seriously.

“Firstly, Chefette focuses very heavily on encouraging persons to have a more active and balanced lifestyle through sponsoring numerous sports, especially for the youth, such as NAPSAC, fun runs and walks, motorsports, surfing, football, triathlons, CrossFit, swimming, etc.

“This is in addition to our unique mega multi-storey playgrounds, which provide hours of physical activity and entertainment for kids and encourage social interaction among them.”

Haloute also defended the company’s menu, saying it not only provides wide choices, but healthy options.

“Additionally, over 11 years ago we switched to a zero trans fat cooking oil which improved the nutritional value of our menu,” he said in a brief statement emailed to Barbados TODAY.

22 Responses to Don’t blame Chefette, says Haloute

  1. Cisco Wolf
    Cisco Wolf February 13, 2016 at 3:33 am

    Healthy wing dings? And oreo shakes? Impressed I am.

  2. Heather Straker February 13, 2016 at 8:39 am

    My over all favourite is still the Broasted Chicken in a bun…with all the tomato and lettuce etc! Tried it 28 yrs. ago and still order
    it today ! Their Salad bar is also a treat here in Barbados !

  3. seagul February 13, 2016 at 8:44 am

    Let’s be honest here, chefette, KFC have destroyed the socially healthy eating habits of the majority of Barbadians. Their other murky associations have also caused a slow erosion of decent Bajan values… secret accounts….

  4. jami February 13, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Nobody puts a gun to consumer’s heads and force them to eat fast food,we are responsible for ourselves ..

  5. DDD February 13, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Thats is a garbage comment… Bajans need to take control and responsibility for their diets, Children and parents alike.

  6. Mary Anne Blair February 13, 2016 at 9:22 am

    It woukd be helpful to provide a nutritional breakdown so people can make healthy choices for themselves and their children. Although not mandated by the government, Chefette could be a leader in this regard on the island.

  7. unknown February 13, 2016 at 9:36 am

    People make their own choices. What they do is called marketing.

  8. BaJan boy February 13, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Ignorance Seagull…Cheffete has a barbecue barn,and a huge salad bar,rotisserie chicken and lots of healthy choices. Bajans choose what they want.

  9. Leroy martyr February 13, 2016 at 10:29 am

    Thats not true the public is has the responsibility to eat healthy back in the day cheffette was a treat once in a while not its 2 to 3 times a day we use to cook at home now every one wants to have breakfast lunch and dinner at a restaurant

  10. Betsy February 13, 2016 at 10:53 am

    True bajan boy

  11. Dave Galt February 13, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Good Health is all about choices and the foods you choose to eat.

  12. alisha February 13, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Bajans choose what they want!.

  13. OP February 13, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    We have persons in authority who talk a good game. Eating healthy is cost prohibitive. …how many can afford to eat “organic” on 250 a week? Maybe government should look at reducing duties on those high quality foods instead of taxing cheap macaroni pie and sugar!

  14. IanChefKing February 13, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Please stop the BS and don’t blame Cheffete, Barbados has become a follower society! A case of every thing me monkey do I do too! We have adopted the North American life styles of eating habits. Gone are the days when Bajans would eat home cook meals 6 out of 7 days a week. We’ve given up on ground provisions, rice and stew meats daily. Now instead we’ve traded that for macaroni pie and fried chicken, while eating out almost daily!

  15. bajanguyster February 13, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    Seagul it seem like you are lost in your own world. Youre so dead wrong about chefette. One. everyone have a choice so dont blame other people for your faults in life. Sweets candy milk and so on can make certain people fat lazyness all so can too..

  16. Clint February 13, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Make eating healthy cheaper (fat tax)

  17. Kathy-Ann Browne February 13, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    I love chefette and there is also salad bars to eat healthy ppl eat what they want regardless of where them buy it. So off of chefette for me I would continue to choose them over KFC anytime.

  18. Khalid Grant February 13, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    The paradox of free choice. Everyone is free to do as they please and live with the consequences.

    If you want to eat healthy eat healthy and don’t make excuses about it being “cost prohibitive”, find a way. Grow your own food in your garden, use seaweed as fertilizer (remember that huge free shipment that washed up on our shores?), start a community garden, visit one of the many farmer’s markets, use your head and rise to the challenge of making organic, healthy living a viable option for you and your family. Otherwise continue to eat unhealthy food and deal with the increased health care costs (just don’t expect me to subsidize your life choices).

    Do I blame Chefette and the Haloutes? How could I? As an entrepreneur I admire Assad Haloute’s visionary leadership and branding to be able to make Chefette into a household name. McDonald’s tried and failed to enter the Barbadian fast food restaurant while Chefette succeeded and still easily holds its own “against” KFC and Subway. On top of that it is the largest privately held company on the island and provides employment for about 800 Barbadians. On top of that there is the corporate social responsibility mentioned in this article.

    As Robert Kiyosaki says in Rich Dad, Poor Dad p181, “When I ask the class I teach, “How many of you can cook a better hamburger than McDonald’s?” almost all the students raise their hands. I then ask, “So if most of you can cook a better hamburger, how come McDonald’s makes more money than you?”

    The answer is obvious: McDonald’s (and Chefette) is excellent at business systems. The reason so many talented people are poor is because they focus on building a better hamburger and know little to nothing about business systems.

    To quote Rocky Balboa “Now if you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that!”

    The day we Barbadians return to some semblance of personal responsibility, it will completely shift wealth creation on this tiny island.

    Oh and one last point about Chefette, fast food isn’t their business, it’s real estate 😉

  19. pgtips February 14, 2016 at 1:52 am

    We are laying blame in the wrong places. It start at home with the junk for snacks we give our children. Look at what the vendors are selling outside and inside the schools. Chee wees,cheese sticks,on mornings you see children on the way to school drinking soft drinks and eating crap. Macaroni pie is a daily staple. Exercise for many is a no no. When you go to chefette you have options. Don’t blame them.

  20. Yolanda sealy February 14, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Namaste. Khalid, very well said.

  21. truthseeker February 14, 2016 at 11:34 am

    number 1 people choose for themselves. the supermarket should be closed then cause everything chefette selling is there for you to buy and make it yourself. i ent hear noone saying stop pudding and souse from selling. Bajans mussie wud burn down gov house if the mention souse.

  22. Jim Nasium February 14, 2016 at 11:42 am

    I’m sorry. Who gets forced to eat at Chefette? Pass me some tenders and leff Haloute alone please.


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