Sunday, January 19, 2003

Food fetishists do it sitting down

The Guardian

By Jay Rayner

They have their own website and admit that food is better than sex. Jay Rayner meets the men and women willing to spend a month's wages on a meal.

I have a guilty secret. It is a very British guilty secret. In France I would need neither to be guilty nor shy about it. There, my secret is practically a national pastime. In this country it is a different matter entirely. In this country admitting that you are - and here's the guilty secret - totally, carnally fascinated by extraordinarily expensive food experiences, puts you in the same category as foot fetishists and crack heads; a deviant, out of step with society, in thrall to truly unnatural appetites.