Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The Age of Man – via Corrigan's

I went out last week to my favorite London restaurant. Corrigan’s in Mayfair. Richard Corrigan is a terrific Irish chef who produces that rarity; top class English food. We had some local oysters followed by some great Dressed Crab from Dorset and an amazing Steak and Kidney Pie. Topped off, of course, by Rice Pudding. English comfort at the highest order.

A couple of weeks back I went there with youngest son Dan and sat at the bar all night where we ate. Richard’s staff is full of ex-Waterside Inn pros including Maître d’, Frederique – a star. And the wine list has some of the finest Bordeaux.

Dinner last week was with two crazy Italians, Giuseppe Caiazza and Domenico Siniscalco. Giuseppe cut his teeth at Club Med, Ford and Toyota and is now going to Milan to run Saatchi & Saatchi. Domenico is an incredible guy who has had three careers. A leading academic at Cambridge, the Minister of Finance for Italy for five years, and now a banker with Morgan Stanley. The three of us are in different decades in age terms and I had just read a great article from Tony Parsons talking about the various decades of man. Discussion ranged over 2001 Chateau Haut Brion and we concluded that Tony was pretty much on the button. What do you think?

At ten years old he wants to be tough.
At twenty he wants to be cool.
At 30 he wants to be free.
At 40 he wants to belong.
At 50 he wants to be fit.
At 60 he wants to be rich.
At 70 he wants to be healthy.
At 80 he wants to be alive.