It’s really tough sometimes, I film MasterChef, and it hasn’t been shown yet so I can’t tell you the stuff I am seeing, enough to say you are in for one hell of a treat when it comes out on Telly.
We celebrated my daughter’s 18th birthday with a very posh dinner at The Savoy. I spent far too much money but hey, I’ve only got 2 kids. It was a fine night and I am very proud of my little girl. Not so little any more, Libby Wallace.
I was delighted to represent Rugby for Schools and Prostate Cancer at the ICAP Charity Event, such fun. Dealers giving up their commission for one day a year to support charity. I did a few deals myself over the phone, one of which went over £2 million. Didn’t ask what the commission on it was, should have done though. Everybody there is in fancy dress, one area had eight large hairy men dressed as ballerinas, quite disturbing!
I love oysters and I am embarrassed to say I opened my first oyster this weekend. I ended up doing quite a few and I don’t mind admitting that I was rather good at it. I live on the coast in Whitstable, there’s a great fish market down in the Harbour. I ended up getting oysters, clams and a great big pot of cockles for breakfast.
On Tuesday, I visit The Delaunay, good old favourite of mine, possibly the best smoked salmon I ever tasted (this post is all getting a bit fishy!). I’ve got three meetings there, a breakfast one, elevenses one and a lunch.
On the kitchen front, I am attempting an egg strand soup this week. That’s where you mix up egg with some other bits and put it through a mouli into hot soup. You should end up with thin tentacles. Fingers crossed everybody.
I am planning a long lunch with my mate, Millwall Tom at La Chapelle in the City, owned by The Galvin brothers. Haven’t been there for a while since I moved away from that area and I am very much looking forward to it. The Galvin boys are old mates and seriously good at what they do.
The end of the week sees me hosting a party at The Chocolate Festival in Islington. Well, if I’ve managed to keep the weight off up ’til then, I’m going to blow it in one big choc sitting.