For a long British cuisine has been categorized
as bad for its lack of imagination, starchy puddings, weak tea and poor food.
Like anywhere else in the world, there is both good and bad food in London. The
delusion of that British food is bad comes from a misconception of
stereotypical ideas or concepts not what British food actually is. As the time
flies, most of the time thing get better, similarly, British Food and its
surrounding have been improved. In this article, we will look at why I consider
British Cuisine is one of the best cuisines in the world with reference to the
history of British Cuisine, how it has been improved over a period of time and
my personal opinion.
British Cuisine has always been based on the
Roman in the ancient time, French in the medieval time, therefore making the British
cuisine multicultural. As the British Empire is huge, it helped the cuisine to
adapt different types of dishes and food cultures from all around the world.
For example, adopted tea from China and adopted curry style spicing from India.
These adaptations have the Brits to promoted different food types such as spicy
sauces such as mint sauce, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup etc… Many of the
English pastries and cake were linked with various religious days of the year.
Like, Hot Cross Buns are eaten on Good Friday, Twelfth Night Cake for Epiphany,
and Plum Pudding for Christmas. Sadly, a huge damage was done to the British
Cuisine during World War I and II. As Britain is an island country, the food
supplies became diminutive all through the world wars. Stews, pies, and bread
from Britain have declined in interest in the world. The British cuisine looked
like a joke when it adapted the French art of Nouvelle Cuisine. That’s when all
the bad happened to the British Food.
Now let’s see how British cuisine has improved
after the two world wars. British started to look differently from the late
1980’s. After the disappointment with the Nouvelle cuisine, the chef started to
look at home for inspiration. Based on the lavish tradition and utilising many diverse
and interesting ingredients, the heart of the modern British Cuisine has
formed. Brits have enjoyed a resurrection in popularity. The traditional dishes
such as Yorkshire pudding, Steak, roast beef, and Cornish pasties endured
popular without varying the recipe. The use of vegetables and salad oil have
replaced the use of butter.
With chefs like Gordon Ramsay, London has an
incredible record of award-winning restaurants. Gordon Ramsay is one leading
chefs in the world, he own many Michelin star hotel and restaurants across the world.
Now, let’s look at an interview with Gordon Ramsay about the British Cuisine.
What do you think about
British Cuisine? And what is your favourite dish from the cuisine?
I think that British Cuisine is good, it had
improved from the late 20th century. My favourite part of the British cuisine
is the British breakfast because it is the best breakfast it has the right
amount of calories and it is a great way to start the day.
What do you think about the
future of the British Cuisine?
As the food industry is going through major
changes because shifting of the major interest from organic food to genetically
modified food. But, I think the British cuisine is going to improve and get
richer similar to the UK.
Based on this interview with Gordon Ramsay on
British cuisine we can see that the responses are positive toward the British
cuisine. Similarly, I feel that British cuisine is diverse and multicultural
and it has improved in a way that I personally like the food. As I am Indian,
the British cuisine has a nice blend of spices and flavour. I love the fish and
chips and the cakes from the cuisine.