That timing is everything.

Michelin-starred chef Raymond Blanc has cleared up the age old question of why French women don’t get fat. This is, of course, a myth and the book of the same name is annoying and generalizes to the point of absurdity. We are told today that ย we should be cooking with butter (just en petit), drinking less and eating earlier. One glass of wine, he says is better than 6. ย No sh** Sherlock. ย And perhaps the strongest piece of advice he has for us Gremlin like Brits is that we absolutely mustn’t eat after 7pm. “That’s a big tip because most people eat more at night and that’s when you put the weight on.”

It may be a big tip, M. Blanc, but it’s surely also an own goal. ย I predict a spate of dinner cancellations at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons. Just following orders.

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