Now I bow to no one in my admiration of Nigel Slater. In addition to his writing and broadcasting, he is editor of the Observer Food Monthly, which I take from time to time. The latest edition which I read contained The 8th Annual OFM 50 – Everything We Love In The World of Food Right Now. To demonstrate how far Tom’s Food! is from the cutting edge, I give you but a few examples.
3 Wine By Sailing Ship
Wine delivered to Bristol from Portugal in sail driven cargo ships. It’s then bottled in reclaimed champagne bottles and delivered to customers in used cooking oil powered vans.
6 Makhwaen pepper
No, I’ve never heard of it either.
12 Alchemist, Copenhagen’s £10m restaurant
Where you can spend £500 a head for a five hour meal of 50 courses. You have to admire the symmetrical use of the number 5.
29 Wine Therapy at Forty Hall vineyard, London
You didn’t know that London had a vineyard, did you? Nor that they run eco-therapy projects for people who may have mental health issues.
31 Chefs’ dogs of Instagram
What do you mean, that’s not in your top 50 food aspirations for this bright new decade?
45 When Tomatoes Met Wagner
In which ladies in a Greek village (population 33) embark on research to discover whether their tomatoes grow better if they play them traditional Greek music or Wagner.
All I can do is apologise that none of these will feature in Tom’s Food! in 2020. I’ll understand if you cancel your subscription.
Nigel, Nigel, Nigel. Come oan!!!