My last sup­per and other meals

For­mer Wait­rose boss Mark Price, who ad­mits to a life of eat­ing well, re­veals the din­ners– and break­fasts, elevenses, lunches and teas–he would choose for his last day on Earth

Country Life Every Week - - In The Garden -

Ten in 17? no, not the num­ber of times Manch­ester United has won the premier­ship in the past 17 years, nor the work­ing brain­cells of a re­al­ity TV favourite, but the inches by which my waist­line has ex­panded dur­ing 17 years on the Wait­rose board. no won­der, as I tried to sam­ple all new lines, visit sup­pli­ers and have meet­ings over break­fast, lunch and din­ner in some of the world’s best restau­rants.

I have trea­sured mem­o­ries of Pek­ing duck in Pek­ing (Bei­jing), pre­pared by men stripped to the waist turn­ing a mas­sive spit sus­pended above an open fire pit, of a huge Ar­gen­tinian steak, flame-licked by the red-hot em­bers of old vines on a bar­be­cue at the Fa­milia Zuc­cardi’s vine­yard restau­rant in Men­doza, with the An­des in the back­ground, and of freshly caught salmon, cut into fine sliv­ers, on the banks of the Grimsa in Ice­land.

I rarely look at the menu in a restau­rant. I sim­ply ask ‘What are you fa­mous for?’ and or­der it. When asked how I like my meat cooked, I re­ply: ‘How the chef thinks best.’ When writing The Food Lover’s Hand­book, I was often asked what my last meal would be. The truth is, I couldn’t limit my­self to a last sup­per. I’d have to have a gar­gan­tuan day of glut­tony, com­bin­ing my favourite foods ‘to try be­fore you die’ and Bri­tish restau­rants.

I was once told that, for a healthy diet, you should break­fast like a king, lunch like a lord and sup­per like a pau­per. On my fi­nal day, I cer­tainly in­tend to do the first two, but would also aim to mid­morn­ing like a ma­hara­jah, af­ter­noon tea like a tsar and dine like a duke.

‘I would aim to mid-morn­ing like a and af­ter­noon tea like a tsar’

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