The Guardian notes that after a day of discussing food shortages and soaring prices at the G8 summit, the G8 leaders sat down to “an eight-course, 19-dish dinner prepared by 25 chefs”
The G8 gathering had been seen as a “world food shortages summit” as
leaders sought to combat spiralling prices of basic foodstuffs in the
developed world, and starvation in the developing world.
not since Marie Antoinette was supposed to have leaned from a
Versailles palace window and suggested that the breadless peasants eat
cake can leaders have demonstrated such insensitivity to daily hardship
than at the luxury Windsor hotel on the Japanese island of Hokkaido.
discussing famine in Africa, the peckish politicians and five spouses
took on four bite-sized amuse-bouche to tickle their palates. The price
of staple foods may be soaring, but thankfully caviar and sea urchin
are within the purchasing power of leaders and their taxpayers – the
amuse-bouche featured corn stuffed with caviar, smoked salmon and sea
urchin, hot onion tart and winter lily bulb.
Guests at the
summit, which is costing £238m, were then able to pick items from a
tray modelled on a fan and decorated with bamboo grasses, including
diced fatty tuna fish, avocado and jellied soy sauce, and pickled
conger eel with soy sauce.
Leaders cleverly skated around global water shortages by choosing from five different wines and liqueurs.