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Five Loaves, Two Fishes and Six Chicken Nuggets by Barry Gibbons

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48. Nouvelle QSR

In the late 1970s and ’80s, we men were assaulted by an evil force. I refer, of course, to nouvelle cuisine. By my definition at the time, it involved going out for dinner, being presented with a meal that you could actually assemble on a cocktail stick if you were so inclined, and then having to stop by a Burger King on the way home for an emergency Whopper.

I peaked with nouvelle cuisine after a visit to Ascot races in England. I had – as ever – accompanied my losing bets with a few beers and had – as a result – developed the normal male appetite associated with said practices. In short, I could have eaten an elephant between two bread vans. Our hosts, however, had other ideas and took us fine dining. It was one of those places ...

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