G8 Leaders Chew on Global Food Crisis Over Caviar

Luxe meals by 60 chefs follow starvation talks
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 8, 2008 5:12 AM CDT
General view of the Outreach Working Lunch inviting African leaders during the Hokkaido Toyako Summit at the Windsor Hotel Toya on July 7, 2008 in Toyako, Hokkaido, Japan.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – The global food crisis tops the agenda at this year's G8 summit—and the talks seem to be hungry work, reports the Independent. The 18 dishes at the eight-course luxury dinner served to the leaders last night included caviar, sea urchin, and Kyoto beef—followed by a "G8 fantasy dessert" for those who still had room after the dinner feast and the six-course working lunch.

The 60 chefs flown in to prepare the leaders' meals and the almost $600 million being spent on the summit has drawn bitter criticism. "If they are just going to sit around and eat, while millions of people face starvation, that is not good enough," grumbled an officer for the charity Oxfam. "They must act—not eat."