Cambridge IELTS 8 Speaking Test Answers | Part 3 Restaurants & Food Production

IELTS Speaking Test | Part 3

Discussion Questions


Why do you think people go to restaurants when they want to celebrate something?

I guess everyone has their own reasons, but probably because it’s not something they do every day, so it seems more special, especially if it’s an important occasion. The other big benefit is that nobody has to do the cooking or clearing up afterwards so everyone can simply enjoy the celebration or event whichever it is. Nobody has to do anything. It’s always nice to be waited on, so I think that’s why most people prefer it.

Which are more popular in your country: fast food restaurants or traditional restaurants?

They’re both popular, but in different ways and for different reasons. I think fast food restaurants are popular for grabbing a quick bite or snack, as they are ‘fast’ and you can usually find one nearby. Traditional restaurants are more popular for special occasions or going out for lunch or dinner at the weekend when people have more time to sit and enjoy the food and the ambience or atmosphere of the place. They usually cost more too, so maybe people don’t go as often, but they’re still popular. I don’t think anyone would consider gong to a fast food place for a special occasion – unless it was a kids birthday party or something similar, in which case it makes a lot of sense, as some of these places cater specially for such events.

Why do you think that is?

Why are they both popular? I think it’s because they both have good and bad things about them – they both cater for different needs and situations, and they both do what they do well, I suppose it depends what you are looking for when you want to eat.

Some people say that food in an expensive restaurant is always better than food in a cheap restaurant – would you agree?

In my experience it’s not that simple. I’ve has some amazingly good food in cheap restaurants and some disgustingly bad food in a supposedly classy and expensive place. I think that’s why 'word of mouth' advertising is so important in the restaurant business. You simply can’t guarantee that a place that looks expensive and charges a lot of money will indeed offer a better dining experience than a cheaper restaurant with fewer frills. The service can be just the same and the quality of food the same too – it might only be the surroundings that are more upmarket in reality.

IELTS Speaking Test Part 3 Discussion Questions

Producing Food

Do you think there will be a greater choice of food available in shops in the future, or will there be less choice?

That’s hard to say, but I think that due to the fact that most industries are becoming more and more consolidated and there are less and less independent producers of anything, you could safely say that the choice will probably be less, as it will be dictated by only one or two giant global conglomerates in the food industry.

What effects has modern technology had on the way food is produced?

Well, apart from mechanization and the implementation of technology at the cultivation level, such as in agriculture, I think the biggest impact on food production, as it is already, is the genetic modification of food for human consumption. We’ve already seen it become commonplace and more and more of our everyday food is being ‘tampered’ with without our knowledge. Food is now less natural than before and is full of things which we know nothing about. This obviously makes more money for the food production companies but we still don’t know what the long term effects are for us – the final consumers.

How important is it for a country to be able to grow all the food it needs, without importing any from other countries?

In recent times it hasn’t been that important as it’s been easy enough to import anything that was required. Maybe in the future there will be more emphasis on being independent in terms of food production, as well as other essential resources such as energy and fuel. The way things are going in the world at the moment it looks like there are going to be some major changes which could affect everyone in terms of how we look at out ability to survive in the event of another world conflict where food and possibly water become scarce certain areas of the world where it has never been the case before.

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