Tom Kerridge: 'Liam Gallagher should be Prime Minister'
Tom Kerridge says Liam Gallagher 'should be Prime Minister', describing the former Oasis front man as someone who really lives up to expectations.
The restaurant owner and Great British Menu judge explained to Kate Thornton on the White Wine Question Time podcast that before he met Gallagher he wondered if he would be as he seems.
Kerridge said: "And he is, he's actually Liam Gallagher but on steroids! He's twice the Liam Gallagher you ever think he's gonna be.
"For me, Liam Gallagher should be Prime Minister. He's one of the great philosophers of our time. He's my leader."
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Thornton had asked Kerridge about memorable first impressions, given that the first time he met his wife — sculptor Beth Cullen-Kerridge — was at a mutual friend's birthday party when she asked him for £3 towards a stripper.
He then also went on to explain that Gallagher had waited around six months to get a table at the two-Michelin starred Hand and Flowers pub in Marlow, before managing to get a booking for Sunday lunch.
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Kerridge explained: "He came an hour and a half early. In his Parka. He drank espresso martinis from about 11:30 in the morning all the way through lunch, and not once took his Parka off.
"It was 100% Liam Gallagher all the time, he was amazing. It was a brilliant first impression.
"The first time we met he said: 'Any chance you could sign a cookbook for us?'
"[I said:] 'Of course, any chance you could sign my Definitely Maybe album?' From my point of view, meeting Liam was amazing.
"And then we've met quite a few times since at different gigs, or he's stayed in the hotel. But honestly, what an impression he made on me."
In the same episode, Kerridge explained to Thornton how much he had enjoyed working on the Full Time Meals campaign with England footballer Marcus Rashford, where the pair post family-friendly recipes each week on Instagram.
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He talked about the similarities in their backgrounds, being from single parent, working class backgrounds and working hard on what they loved. The chef drew similar comparisons between himself and Gallagher.
He said: "It's another guy that's [from a] working class background, worked really hard, and backed himself with constant belief in what he does.
"And still doing it now. He's amazing. He works hard and is very talented. For me, it's the voice of the 90s, it meant so much for people my age, Oasis were huge.
"They were massive. And it was also that kind of class system. It was that boys doing very well. They work hard, prove themselves and then also don't care. But actually back it up with a skill set and being brilliant."
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