You’re Eating at a Buffet Wrong | Food Network

You’re Eating at a Buffet Wrong | Food Network


At an all you can eat buffet,
you pay one price for all the deliciousness you want. But if you go in
without a strategy, you’re going to get ripped off. I’m going to show you how
to get your money’s worth and how to defeat the
evil buffet master as depicted by my 6-year-old. [music playing] An all you can eat
buffet is basically a game with winners and losers. Joining me now to show
us the path to victory is Dr. Teigen Wall. She’s an expert in
neuroscience and game theory. So Teigen, what kind
of game is a buffet? Well Dan, a buffet
is a competitive game. But it’s also what’s
called a zero-sum game, which means if one
side is winning, the other side has to be losing. Both sides can
end up better off. And in this
case, the two sides are us, the eaters of
the world, and our enemy, the evil buffet master. You mean your local
restaurant owner? OK. We’ve set up a real
buffet here in our lab. Let’s see what the research
assistants are doing. Right off the bat, I’m worried
about Angela’s technique here. This area is what I call the
buffet master’s booby trap. He’s going to load up this
area with cheap filler. Trying to fill your plate
and your stomach before you get to his crown jewels. Teigen, what are
you seeing here? Well, with a
buffet like this, you definitely have to be
worried about what’s called the paradox of choice. Where having more options
makes you less happy than having fewer options. What’s the solution to that? Go for the things you
know you want first, and then take a
survey for the things you might also like second. And if the thing
you really want is rolls and iceberg
lettuce that’s fine, but maybe you
shouldn’t be paying for an all you can eat buffet. Let’s see how Isaac
down here is doing. I liked that he made it past the
booby trap with a clean plate. And I also like that his eyes
are scanning the entire buffet scoping out all the options. Good work, Isaac. Katie’s taken a very small
amount of many different items. A sampler plate to start. That’s a great strategy. Then on the second helping, you
go in for the kill on the items that you like the best. One thing that even Katie
has to watch out for though is called the framing effect. See, they’ve put the meat
and the potatoes together. And because you
associate the two, you’re more likely to
fill up on the potatoes even though they’re
cheap filler. You know Teigen,
one issue at buffets is how do you get seconds
without waiting in line again? Especially if you only want a
little bit of a prized morsel where there’s a big crowd? I have a movie call, the
hummingbird technique. Find a gap in the
line, hover, and dart. Well Teigen, we vanquished
the evil buffet master. Victory never tasted so good. It comes with cake. Yeah. High five. Check out my podcast. It’s called, “The Sporkful.” Subscribe today.

16 thoughts on “You’re Eating at a Buffet Wrong | Food Network”

  1. The actually way to win at going to a buffet is to just gorge yourself. Seriously go with a few friends, pick the guy whose gonna eat the least to be the Designated Driver(Maybe your buddy on a diet) and just gorge. Eat the filler eat the meat. if you gotta vom, go vom and come back for more(but don't force yourself to vomit, that's called bulimia and is a Disorder). The only way to buffet wrong is to tell someone they're buffet-ing wrong.

  2. Thank God you are here to tell how to choose what food to get! I was under the impression that it all came down to picking what you want. How foolish of me! >_>

  3. its your choice so just eat all and everything you want! no need to put so much thought into it. have fun and enjoy. there is no game.

  4. its your choice so just eat all and everything you want! no need to put so much thought into it. have fun and enjoy. there is no game.

  5. Why grab the food that you dont want to eat? Yes it might be the most expensive but you should eat what you want.

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