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U.S. Ambassador Roasted Over British Food Jibe

U.S. Ambassador Roasted Over British Food Jibe

London (AFP) — The U.S. ambassador to Britain sparked annoyance in his host country by criticizing the local traditional food in a magazine interview this week.

Asked what he would serve at his ideal dinner party, envoy Matthew Barzun replied somewhat undiplomatically.

“I’ll tell you what I would not serve — lamb and potatoes. I must have had lamb and potatoes 180 times since I have been here. There are limits and I have reached them,” Barzun told Tatler magazine.

Commentators were quick to respond.

“When Barzun quits his post in disgrace — as he surely must, with immediate effect — angry mobs are bound to line the route to the airport, booing and pinging potatoes off his windscreen and screaming threats,” wrote Stuart Heritage in the Guardian.

The Telegraph‘s William Sitwell defended British lamb as “the finest lamb on the planet” and hit out in return at U.S. cuisine.

“Chefs, restaurateurs, farmers, retailers — indeed all British patriots — have collectively had a sharp intake of breath before spluttering profanities about how a man who comes from a land … of deep-fried chicken, cheese grits, burgoo, and spoonbread (foods simply lashed with sugar and fat) could be so disparaging about two of our most noble ingredients.”

To make matters worse, Barzun spoke before travelling to Newport to accompany U.S. president Barack Obama to the NATO summit in Wales — famed for its lamb.

AFP Photo/Ben Stansall

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  • BlueEagle888

    Barzun sounds like an immature little boy that didn’t get his second piece of cake.

  • FireBaron

    Ambassadors to the Court of St. James are not normally selected for their diplomatic skills. Instead they are usually a large fundraiser or vote getter for the President. Unfortunately this tactless fool pretty much joined the club of other clueless wonders who have somehow avoided getting us in another war with England by their words and actions.

  • mah101

    We Americans should never, never, never, deride any other nation’s food.