The March edition of Gourmet magazine claims that London (UK) is the best place to eat on the planet.
It is certainly better than it was twenty years ago - even ten years ago, but I doubt that this is a correct claim. I have had some of the best meals I have ever eaten there - especially at Locatelli and at 15 - but I have also been well fed here at home in Edmonton - Pack Rat Louis, Hardware Grill, Jack's Grill, Chance..
I suppose food is a very personal thing - the kind of thing where experience counts. Having been brought up as a young child in a restaurant (my grandfather was Marcel Leclerc - a well known chef in the north of England who was trained in Paris; he owned Hardy's restaurant in Bradford opposite St George's Hall) and having been cooking seriously (as an amateur) since I was 20 I guess my standards are high.
But its good for London that people like Gordon Ramsey are around and doing well.
Tonight is The Oscar's - a traditional Murgatroyd evening of dining, drinking and watching. The theme tonight is Tex-Mex (we are doing a chili while the kids do everything else).
I have made my Oscar selections (stuff below shows % of 200,000 voting - my selections in bold and red):
Actor in a Leading Role : (4%) Don Cheadle - HOTEL RWANDA(6%) Johnny Depp - FINDING NEVERLAND(17%) Leonardo DiCaprio - THE AVIATOR(3%) Clint Eastwood - MILLION DOLLAR BABY(69%) Jamie Foxx - RAY
Actress in a Leading Role : (14%) Annette Bening - BEING JULIA(2%) Catalina Sandino Moreno - MARIA FULL OF GRACE (3%) Imelda Staunton - VERA DRAKE(76%) Hilary Swank - MILLION DOLLAR BABY(6%) Kate Winslet - ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND
Best Picture : (64%) The Aviator(4%) Finding Neverland(19%) Million Dollar Baby(10%) Ray(3%) Sideways
Actor in a Supporting Role :(8%) Alan Alda - THE AVIATOR(9%) Thomas Haden Church - SIDEWAYS(10%) Jamie Foxx - COLLATERAL(57%) Morgan Freeman - MILLION DOLLAR BABY(16%) Clive Owen - CLOSER
Actress in a Supporting Role : (52%) Cate Blanchett - THE AVIATOR(3%) Laura Linney - KINSEY(7%) Virginia Madsen - SIDEWAYS(7%) Sophie Okonedo - HOTEL RWANDA(30%) Natalie Portman - CLOSER
Directing : (47%) The Aviator(46%) Million Dollar Baby(5%) Ray(1%) Sideways(0%) Vera Drake
Its not been a great year for film (2004), with almost all of the real winners being released in the October - December period.
It's nice to see the film Vera Drake being recognised through a nomination. Worth seeing. Ray is outstanding.