We test the jockey's knowledge of all things food-related. Can he match up to his reputation?
If champion jockey Frankie Dettori opened a saddle shop, some stables or a clothing emporium for diminutive sportsmen, it’d be understandable – but what qualifies him to open up a restaurant? It’s the burning question on everybody’s tomato-sauce spattered lips. To find out if the ex-team captain on British TV quiz A Question Of Sport really knows anything about food, James Brennan turned the tables and grilled the sporting great on a range of culinary matters.
OK, you’ve done Question Of Sport – how about a Question Of Food? Can you answer the following ten questions? Yeah! I’m ready.
1) I want a soft-boiled egg – how long should I boil it for? Two minutes.
. It’s an ostrich egg, so we’re talking at least 45 minutes. Ha ha! No, no, no…
OK, I’ll give you some easy ones… 2) Eggplant or aubergine? It’s the same thing isn’t it? I call it aubergine.
Correct . Eggplant is what they say in the U.S. Naturally, in terms of pharmaceutical advancements the Americans are second to none, but when it comes to vegetables they don’t know what they’re talking about.
3) Name the Italian chef who invented carpaccio. Carpaccio.No . It was named after Renaissance painter Vittore Carpaccio, but Guiseppe Cipriani invented it at Harry’s bar in Venice. It was created for the Contessa Amalia Nani Mocenigo in 1950, who said her doctor had forbidden her from eating cooked meat. Well, carpaccio sounds like an Italian name so I said carpaccio. I really didn’t know.
4) Two thirds of the world’s coffee comes from: a) Italy b) Brazil c) Sharjah Brazil.