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Not only does Alex James have the best fringe in pop music, he also has the best cheese...
The Hot Press Newsdesk, 10 Jul 2012
Alex James was back in the news for musical reasons last week when Blur gave a live Twitter debut to two new songs, ‘Underneath The Westway’ and ‘The Partisan’, which suggest that a new album might finally be on its way.
On the foodie front, he’s just announced details of September 1 and 2’s The Big Feastival, which he’s running in conjunction with Jamie Oliver on his Cotswold farm.
Along with chef demos, classes, cook-offs, product launches and restaurant pop-ups, the musical fare will include Paloma Faith, Texas, Razorlight, Noisettes, Guillemots, Gaz Coombes, Sister Sledge, Producers and The Cuban Brothers. Day and weekend tickets priced £40 and £75 respectively are available from http://www.jamieoliver.com/thebigfeastival.
It wasn’t long ago that Tasty Tuesday shared a full Irish with Mr. James in the Merrion Hotel. So impressed was he with the Clonakilty Black Pud that he sent an assistant round to Dunne’s to buy five of ‘em to take back to Blighty with him. We have to say we were put off our coffee when Alex reminisced about the cappuccino made from his wife’s breast milk that he treated Gordon Ramsay to.
“Before Channel 4 would let him give it the F-Word taste test, it had to be pasteurised, checked for hepatitis and HIV and a disclaimer signed so that nobody connected with the show was liable if Gordon dropped dead,” Alex revealed in between sips of a rather more traditional latte. “We went to all that trouble, only for him to take one sip and spit it out! “I just thought, ‘What a waste of perfectly good breast milk.’ It’s sweeter, thicker, creamier and tastier than cow’s milk, which figures because if humans didn’t like breast milk we’d be fucked as a race. I probably wouldn’t be as keen on somebody else’s as I am my wife’s, but generally I’m a big fan.”
Unperturbed by ASDA removing most of his flavoured cheddars from their shelves recently – Tomato, Tikka Masala, Salad Cream and Ketchup among ‘em – the 43-year-old is currently working on a new cheese that he describes as “a real crowd-pleaser.”