Dinner in the Clink

Dinner in the Clink

Food & Drink

Dinner in the Clink


By Cari Martens

It will be interesting to see if this one catches on. After all, going to prison is not high on most people’s list – not even for a gourmet meal.

Gourmet, you say? In prison? That’s the word from Great Britain, where one of its jails is experimenting with catering haute cuisine to staff and visitors, who will pay for the privilege of going behind bars. The idea, as reported in The Daily Mail comes from one Alberto Crisci, catering manager of a 747-inmate jail.

The plan is to put prisoners to work and train them for jobs in foodservice, so that they can more easily find a job upon release from prison. The plan is for these inmates to cook and serve as many as 1,000 meals a day – and not traditional prison slop, either. The reports says that meals will include, “paupiette of chicken with spinach mousseline, roast turbot with broad beans and pancetta, and lavender mascarpone with spun sugar.”

In addition, the prison garden’s will supply organic produce for the project. Governor Peter Dawson has allocated more than £300,000 from the prison budget and charity donations to set the restaurant up.

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