Thursday, July 07, 2005

Cuisine Again

Open letter to the President of the French Republic from Member of the European Parliament Alexander Stubb on statements by the President on the 4th of July 2005 concerning quality of Finnish and British food.

5 July, 2005

Monsieur le Président de la République
Palais de l'Elysée 55
Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
75008 Paris


Dear President Chirac,

There have been colourful versions of your statements on Finnish and British food culture presented in the international media lately. According to press sources, you stated on the 4th of July to President Putin and Chancellor Schroeder with regard to the Brits: "One cannot trust people whose cuisine is so bad. After Finland, it is the country with the worst food."

The incident has raised considerable interest in the United Kingdom and in Finland. Our Finnish-British family (my wife is British) has also paid close attention to your negative image of the cuisines of our native countries.

In order to revise your unfortunate impression of Finno-British cuisine my wife and I would like to invite you to join us for dinner at our home in Genval, Belgium at your convenience. We will endeavour to obtain authentic Finnish and British ingredients in order to avoid disappointment.

Menu planned by Finnish celebrity chef Jyrki Sukula:

* Fish and chips - Roe of vendace with Lapland potato chips
* Cep broth with turnip rye pie
* Rack of baby lamb from Åland with nettle mash
* Finnish berries marinated in Arctic brambleberry wine with beestings pudding

We hope that, as the President of an esteemed wine-producing country, you could provide the wines for the dinner.

I remain respectfully yours and await a reply at your convenience.


(via Leopoldo)

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