G20 Leaders Will Eat Well
But menu could represent some of the 'new Britain', chef says
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 1, 2009 2:54 PM CDT
US President Barack Obama, right, is seen with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, left, during a reception for G20 leaders at Buckingham Palace in London, Wednesday, April 1, 2009.   (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, Pool)
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(Newser) – President Obama and his fellow world leaders have their work cut out for them at the G20 summit tomorrow, but at least they won’t have to tackle the problems of global finance hungry. Star chef Jamie Oliver is planning a menu of organic Shetland salmon, Welsh lamb with mint, and Bakewell tart and custard, the Telegraph reports. The dinner and sides are designed to show off the best of seasonal British produce.

The result is “extremely British and very politically inoffensive,” writes British chef Yotam Ottolenghi for the Guardian. Oliver clearly chose produce from every corner of the country, Ottolenghi says, but neglected modern Britain's multicultural nature. Some Southeast Asian cuisine would’ve sent a message consistent with the G20’s message—and doesn’t everyone prefer veggie curry to a goat cheese starter?