This week the Dumbwaiter has been all eyes and ears… This year’s Great British Menu is already shaping up to be a corker, with Sabrina Gidda’s facial expressions and Tom Anglesey’s dance among the highlights. And frankly he’s surprised that there isn’t a Twitter account for Michael O’Hare's hair – such was the hoo-ha about the judge’s untamed locks.
He's renowned for hosting legendary lunches with famous faces in the Fortnum's boardroom but Ewan Venters outdid himself last week. The Fortnum's CEO posted a picture on Instagram with Mr Wagyumafia and David Beckham in Hong Kong.
The Dumbwaiter has been watching Madhur Jaffrey on repeat. Not her TV cookery appearances, although those are ace. No, it’s the music video for Nani by Mr Cardomom in which she raps, shops, smokes and is generally very much the OG.
Rather less profane (but not entirely f***-free) was the latest, ace instalment of the Voices at the Table literary salons on the theme of food. Chef Tim Anderson delivered a love letter to Tokyo while Kay Plunkett-Hogge’s paean to rice was charmingly heartfelt – but comedian Nigel Ng stole the show with his hilarious monologue about the insanity of buying sushi from Boots. More please.
From sushi to St. James's. Here are the Dumbwaiter's Best Bites of the Week.