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And the winner is…?

(I wrote this in July 2008. Unfortunately, funds didn’t stretch to my own analysis of which is the world’s best restaurant.)

Best Restaurant awards generate as much hyperbole as they do consternation. As awards and accolades become more commonplace, what’s the point in point scoring, who’s counting – and who are the real winners?

FOODIE LEGEND has it that when then Restaurant editor Thom Hetherington went for an after-work drink with his mates one evening, the conversation turned, inevitably, to eating out. Soon the friends were involved in a passionate debate about which restaurant was the best in the world.

Hetherington, renowned for his maverick style and originality, decided to run a light-hearted round up of the top fifty candidates in his magazine. Grabbing a discarded cigarette packet, he jotted down the list as the rankings were settled.

Spanish chef Ferran Adrià’s restaurant El Bullí came out on top. The list, published in 2002, was seized upon greedily by the press. It still provokes excitement, derision, incredulity and fierce debate seven years on.

“They sent out a press release and people stupidly believed this kind of nonsense,” explains Guy Dimond, editor of the restaurant section of London’s Time Out. “People don’t think of the criteria of how it’s judged. There’s no substance to it. It got Restaurant magazine tonnes of publicity. And the next year they thought ‘oh my God, we’d better do it properly’.”

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Hors d’oeuvres

Well, being an extrovert, you’d have thought I’d have jumped straight onto the blogging bandwagon when is passed by some years back. In fact, despite working in new media, I’m quite the technophobe. Add to this my commitment issues with a regular writing gig (an odd phobia for a trained journalist to harbour) and perhaps you’ll see why I’ve hung back from the crowd – until now. But hey, I’ve always been a late starter, so now that blogs are deemed passé (yes, get me, I am bi-lingual), I’m going to give it a shot.

So, I’m a greedy twenty-something girl whose stomach rules the rest of her body and soul. If I’m happy, I congratulate myself with a little something. If I’m bored, I liven things up with a biscuit medley and a cup of tea. If I’m sad, I make cathartic chocolate brownies, faintly salted with tears. If I’m ill, I eat through it. I work in the food industry, cook up a storm in my tiny, ill-equipped kitchen and write a mean recipe. I’ve got a Spanish boyfriend who is my biggest – and fullest – fan, and whose tortilla still beats mine, grrr. And here I’m going to write about my obsession with food and anything else that occurs to me while I’m on the subject. I might even get round to writing down a recipe or two, or describing gastronomic jaunts and favourite foodie haunts. If you don’t like food, you’re in the wrong place. 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