I don’t recall ever consulting the dictionary or Wikipedia for the definition of the word “gourmet”. All I know is that gourmet refers to a food or restaurant of “high quality”. It may also refer to a person who loves food of the highest quality. That’s my personal definition. Seeing the Panda Express logo, however, prompted me to finally consult the dictionary…
Panda Express is a Chinese fastfood restaurant. It’s where we often go for cheap Chinese food fix, cheap, being the operative word. Before my daughter, Abby, ever learned to recognize the logo of Target, Ikea and Macy’s, she could already recognize the Panda Express logo a mile away. :D
It was only last Sunday when we had lunch at Panda Express that I was able to focus on their logo as if I were seeing it for the first time. And I was taken aback when I realized that all along, the words “Gourmet Chinese Food” were in the logo. Huh?
For the record, these are the Wikipedia definitions of gourmet:
1) The term gourmet may refer to a person with refined or discriminating taste or to one that is knowledgeable in the art of food and food preparation.
2) Gourmet may describe a class of restaurant, cuisine, meal or ingredient of high quality, of special presentation, or high sophistication.
So, was Panda Express right in referring to itself as gourmet? Are you shaking your head? My point exactly. :)