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The G7’s calorie-busting menu

The G7's calorie-busting menu
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As the nation waits to hear whether life can finally return to normal come 21 June, world leaders have jetted into Cornwall for the G7 junket in a bid to set the world to rights. Covid-19 and climate change are top of the agenda – but it isn't all work and no play. Various social meets are on the cards as well as extravagant dinner as leaders chew over the fat. 

That food menu, however, is enough to make Jamie Oliver sob featuring cheese, cream and carbs galore. Only last year, Boris Johnson was telling aides that it was a bad idea to be a 'fatty' in your 50s, only Mr S is unsure the menu for G7 would get past Public Health England or the government's new obesity strategy. Instead, it reads as a list of all the foods – from baked brie to pavlova – Johnson is unlikely to find in the fridge at home:

Friday

To start: Spiced melon, gazpacho, coconut, high note herbs 

For main: Turbot roasted on the bone (caught off the Cornish coast by a fisherman from Newquay) with Cornish new potatoes and wild garlic pesto with greens from the local 

Padstow kitchen gardens Cheese course: Cornish cheese - Gouda, Cornish yarg, helford blue 

Dessert: English strawberry pavlova 

Petit fours: Clotted cream fudge, Mini clotted cream ice cream cone with chocolate earl grey truffles 

Saturday

Canapes including: sparkling scallops, Curgurrell Crab Claws and Portscatho Mackerel

Main: Seared and smokey Moorland sirloin, Newlyn lobster and scorched leeks served with sides of layered Cornish potato chips, St Just purple sprout broccoli and salt baked beetroot. 

Dessert: Beach Hut Sundae Afterwards the leaders will be able to have baked brie, hot buttered rum and toasted marshmallows around firepits on the beach. 

To drink: Cornish sparkling wine, German Riesling, Australian Shiraz, Cornish beer and hedge row fizz cocktail.

Steerpike's calculations suggest that Saturday dinner will be somewhere in the region of 2,100 calories – more than the daily recommended allowance previously suggested by Matt Hancock's Public Health England. Moreover as Matt Kilcoyne from the Adam Smith Institute told Mr S: 'While Number 10 is keen to put out that they're serving up clotted cream fudge, pavlova and a rich fatty baked brie let's remember that none of these could be advertised online to us plebs under the mad ad ban plan public health officials have cooked up while failing to bring the pandemic under control.' 

Looks like the G7 is following Boris in being pro-having cake and pro-eating it...

Written bySteerpike

Steerpike is The Spectator's gossip columnist, serving up the latest tittle tattle from Westminster and beyond. Email tips to steerpike@spectator.co.uk

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