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Tuesday July 21, 2009

A Little Spoon of Humble Pie

Sorry, but I don’t have a great deal of sympathy for the celebrity chefs who have quite suddenly found themselves on a downward spiral due to the current recession. For years the likes of foul mouthed, utterly repellant Gordon Ramsey, thought they could walk on water, charging ludicrous amounts for incredibly pretentious food at mediocre restaurants in the Capital. Now, the restaurants are empty, the profits are down, and they are whining about their lot. Recently in London it was wonderful to be able to walk into a well known culinary emporium without pre booking and also expect a reasonably priced menu of the day instead of the outrageously priced fare previously offered. Even the supercilious staff at many of the swanky London restaurants have started to be more civil, suddenly realising, with a ghastly stab to the chest, that without the customer, they’d be out of a job! So yes, the recession is a cruel and unwelcome guest at the table but on the other hand, if in the culinary world it forces Prima Donna chefs to eat a little more humble pie, it might at least serve a useful purpose.

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