Jay Rayner to cook pork belly at Brixton Village

HUNTER HUNTED: Critic Jay Rayner will cook at French and Grace, Brixton Village on Saturday

It is official. It’s finally been announced: Big haired, flowery shirt-wearing Brixtonite Jay Rayner is to cook pig for the baying masses at Brixton Village this weekend.

Food critic Rayner will dish up braised and seared pork belly with a white bean stew as part of normal service at French and Grace, in Granville Arcade (aka “Brixton Village”) on Saturday.

The feat is part of a challenge given to him and his colleagues by his editor at the Observer newspaper, and will see him try and turn a profit from a £100 investment. He will be serving up the porcine offering from 11.30am.

Announcing his dish on Twitter this morning Rayner said: “I considered confounding expectation by going vegan. And then I thought nah, sod it. So it’s braised and seared pork belly with a white bean stew.Yup. Precisely what everyone thought I’d cook.”

The writer, better known for his words and TV appearances than his skill at the stove, has ordered 10kgs of prime belly. He says it  will be braised in red wine, chorizo and brown sugar liquor for five hours, chilled and then seared off for his paying punters.

The Brixton Blog will be there on Saturday to find out just how well he gets on.



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