It is once again time to eliminate a contestant from the qualifying stages of The World Cup of Food and to promote another. This week’s cuisines, English and Polish, were, as usual, difficult to separate into a winner and loser, but that is exactly what we must do.
English cuisine is, by reputation, one of the worst in the world. Bland boiled meats, pies made from parts gathered off the slaughterhouse floor (Chris has had a steak and kidney pie; the idea of a second is a non-starter), and canned vegetables are what a lot of the outside world when it imagines a typical, say, Liverpool dinner. The reputation is an artifact of industrial revolution mass production of food and wartime shortages of the twentieth century; England is in dire need of a culinary re-branding.