Friday, 23 March 2007

Spot The Chef Competition

Leaving Café Spice the other Saturday night I couldn't help noticing an unusual picture amongst the rows of award certificates and glowing restaurant reviews on the wall. So I photographed it. I recognised the picture's owner, Cyrus Todiwala, of course (middle row, 2nd left). There are two other highly-rewarded and amazing modern eclectic Indian chefs sitting in the same row. Some French chap is slouching about (front left) and I'm sure I've seen that woman opposite him before, at a football match I think. Enough. I know quite a few of these faces and I've met several of them in person. But how many can you name?



Click on the photo to enlarge. If you are really stuck, here's a cheat you can use. It's the autographs of the pictured chefs. But see how many you can get just from the photo first, without using the cheat.

I can't afford to offer a prize personally - and I haven't asked permission to make this offer - but I'm willing to stake my future career that if you can name 20 of the 34 chefs pictured above and turn up for your first-ever meal at Café Spice armed with a copy of this blog post and the list of names, they will give you a complementary dish on the house at the very least. If they laugh and throw you out, blame me.

9 comments:

thepassionatecook said...

is the chap next to raymond blanc in the front row anton edelmann? this picture must have been taken some 10 years ago, if not longer.
as for the rest, i am so bad with faces and names, i keep mistaking robert deniro for al pacino... so i won't even try here!!!

Anonymous said...

I spotted Delia!

Trig said...

Ok guys, so you've got the easy ones! Can anyone identify the two well-known chefs 2nd and 3rd from the right in the back row, or the Indian chef directly in front of them...

Acme Instant Food said...

I count a big...fat...zero. :(

thepassionatecook said...

3rd from the right could be jean-christophe novelli with a bit of imagination? the others: haven't got the faintest! but can't wait to find out!

Trig said...

You are doing well so far, Jo. Doesn't J-C look young? The photo was taken at least 10 years ago, as you said earlier. Try the Indian chefs. There aren't that many in town with Michelin stars! Then there's a leading chef coach - one of the only Brummies ever to win a Michelin star. If you are stuck, try the cheat.

Andrew said...

Isnt that guy at the very back in the suit Henry Crabb from Pie in the Sky?

Trig said...

Lol. I asked my dad, Andrew, and he told me you might well be right as this guy is on the front table.

Trig said...

Andrew - your blogs have disappeared. What's happened?


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