Welcome to Foodie Fridays, where Sauce brings you all this week’s news from the world of food and drink. The weird, the wonderful and the delicious, here’s our top 5.
“It’s tasty, free, nutritious, filling and free to anyone who fancies foraging for it”, but the seaweed that is served in restaurants in the UK is mainly imported. This is set to change with as Cornish Rory MacPhee becomes the first person in Britain to get a license to harvest seafood.
The annual Burgundy wine auction for charity in France (for Hospices de Beaune) raised a record £4.7 million. The event is now run by British auctioneers Christies, who claimed that increased interest in wine by Asian buyers were responsible for the high prices. China is now Burgundy’s 4th largest wine export market.
The iconic American sponge cakes will be no more after its manufacturers announced they are closing permanently. Online prices for the remaining bars are up to $3000.
Gordon Ramsay has applied for a London trademark on ‘The Spotted Pig’, the name used by Brummie Chef April Bloomfield’s celebrated New York gastropub. This has caused Chefs to take to twitter and express their views; Anthony Bourdain tweeted “That Gordon Ramsay would register the name “Spotted Pig” in London and screw April Bloomfield over is shameful and pathetic”. Jamie Oliver replied saying “Here, here we like originals” .
The combination of Mary Berry’s endorsement (she is set to release her second Aga cookbook next year), and an Aga featuring in James Bond’s Scottish mansion in Skyfall, has resulted in a surge in the iconic oven’s sales.