The fattiest of Britain's dishes fast-becoming a hit Stateside
The traditional British breakfast fry-up is fast-becoming the must-have delicacy in Hollywood.
It may be awards season, where actresses everywhere are fasting to fit their dresses, but the fattening fried dish has appeared on two of Los Angeles’ fanciest hotel menus at a cool £27 per plate.
Faddy diet choices from egg-white omelettes to protein shakes are being dropped by the wayside in favour of a Blighty takeover in Tinseltown.
Want proof? Then check in to the Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills where Brit chef, Ashley James, is exective chef in the hotel’s swanky kitchen and proved a tricky dish to deliver.
‘It’s very difficult to import meat products from the UK because of the history with foot-and-mouth disease,’ said James. ‘British sausages have a lot more meal – bread, basically – to make them lighter and spongier, whereas American sausages are harder, meatier, and not meatier in a nice way. They’re highly processed and artificially flavoured.’
Further evidence for the demand for Britain’s most famous culinary export can also be seen at Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant at The London Hotel, over in West Hollywood.
Ramsay’s come up against similar problems in his quest to deliver the perfect fry-up to Hollywood’s elite.
‘I can’t get sausages from Britain out here, they’re f***ing illegal,’ says the brash British chef. ‘They don’t travel well, either, and I’m not going to do frozen. So I had my butcher in London – Randalls in Wandsworth, who makes the most amazing sausages – send over the recipe.’
However, Ramsay still caters to his weight conscious clientele, dishing up organic egges, vine tomatoes and hash potatoes.
Despite his best efforts to deliver a healthier alternative, however, one LA food critic described the Ramsay fry-up as ‘quite ordinary’ and his mushrooms as ‘grotty-looking’.