Chef Andrew Gruel to Newsmax: Soaring Food Costs ‘Killing’ Restaurants

Andrew Gruel, the executive chef for upscale restaurants and bistros such as Big Parm, Butterleaf, Two Birds, Lolo’s Tacos and Calico Fish House, said American families are feeling the pinch of high inflation and soaring food prices during the Thanksgiving holiday.

“This year … it’s actually less expensive to go out and eat at a restaurant … than stay in and prepare your own Thanksgiving meal. That’s crazy!” Gruel told Newsmax Thursday afternoon, while appearing on “The Chris Salcedo Show” with guest host Benny Johnson.

The executive chef said the Biden administration wants the public to believe that food prices — particularly proteins, such as turkey — have increased only 20% to 25% from previous years.

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