2020 in a nutshell
How it started, how the supply chain adapted, how restaurants innovated then temporarily closed, THE FEAR, more permanent closures of food businesses. How people found solace at home, the comfort of recipes, the new found joy of baking. The relentless uncertainty. Restaurants pivoting to takeaways and home delivery, creating meal kits from scratch. I don´t think any of this will be forgotten in a hurry. Here is a reminder of some of the best food moments of the past year. I’m not sure how one interprets 'best', but these have been stand out moments for me.
Marcus Rashford´s free school meals campaign
Nigella´s pronunciation of “meecro-wa-vay”
Nigella Lawson giving us permission not to peel carrots and striking a chord with home cooks when she branded carrots cut into rounds 'infinitely depressing'. She insisted the vegetable should be sliced into batons.
The great Scotch eggs debate
Every episode of "2020 Great British bake off"
The increase in not just writers who are interesting, but writers who demonstrate that their work is guided by a set of values, over and above the correctness of their own opinions. It’s very encouraging to have seen a rebuff against the lazy, unthinking — and sometimes, out and out ignorant and racist — writing that complacency so easily lapses into. So anything that represents that rebuff would be a best food moment of 2020 — be it a newsletter, an article in a publication, a meme or a tweet.
Somebody feed Phil "The Lisbon Episode" on Netflix
Sophie Ellis Bextor´s Kitchen disco
Restaurants and bars re-opening in July and seeing dining rooms and terraces full of people again.
The demise of an "Oven ready" Brexit. A meal going off before it was delivered.
Happy new year everyone!!!!