Good Food guide leaves bad taste

ONLY two Sheffield restaurants in the Good Food Guide?

Thursday, 20th September 2007, 8:45 am
Updated Thursday, 20th September 2007, 9:15 am

As Gordon Ramsay might say, that’s @?”$%%@.

Restaurants in Sheffield have improved in quality and quantity almost beyond recognition in recent years.

We have variety and style in our eateries these days and to for the city to get a lesser rating than last year is bizarre.

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Sheffield may not have the pulling power of Manchester or London when it comes to big name chefs but there is a lot of talent in the city and the food is better than it has ever been.

The ratings given to Sheffield in the Good Food Guide smack of a little snootiness towards our city and leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

Luckily we can soon put that right - in one of our many good restaurants.

Healthy eating a slow burner

FOOD is also high on the social agenda in Rotherham for entirely different reasons.

Last year mum Julie Critchlow caused a national stir when she was pictured feeding takeaway food to kids through the railings of Rawmarsh Comprenensive because they did not like the new healthy eating regime at the school.

Today she insists she was right as fewer kids take school dinners.

Hardly a convincing argument, but there is a lesson to be learned. Healthier food is a better option, there can be no doubt about that.

But children and their parents need to be educated, persuaded and convinced that what they eat is important.

Imposing the values of celebrity chef - worthy though they are - on a nation of junk food lovers was never going to be easy.

Strictly cashing in?

MUCH tension at the Strictly Come Dancing Studios over the level of payment for the celebrity participants.

The BBC has decided to give everybody the same flat fee of 25,000 in a bid to cut down on the bickering and back-biting.

But what's the fuss? Seeing as it's all for charity - and we the viewers are supposed to stump up some cash - surely the big names will be happy to give the dosh to a good cause!