The news that Shropshire MP Owen Paterson is leading a delegation to sell cheese to the French would once have been the butt of jokes.
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It would have sounded akin to taking coal to Newcastle, or teaching granny how to suck eggs. The French, after all, are the godfather’s of great cuisine. Their gastronomy is a world treasure.
Twenty years ago, British food was a laughing stock. The French poked fun at us, calling us Les Rosbifs – ‘the roast beefs’ – while our contribution to world cuisine could be summed up by that great British staple, the Full English fry-up.