Video Tribute to Keith Floyd, UK Celebrity Chef
This time last week, our world was adrift, bereft of a true original. Keith Floyd — the inimitable — was dead. Having passed away as a result of a heart attack (not surprising, really), the televised world of cooking had at last, lost its most irreplaceable artifact.
Floyd enjoyed as he might have put it, rip-roaring success throughout the late Eighties and Nineties. Perhaps in part due to his haphazard methods (about which we shall return), Floyd remains fairly unknown on this side of the Atlantic — although hopefully posts of this nature should at least offer some posthumous attention.
Caught somewhere between the archetypal English gentleman and a slightly less despotic Colonel Kurtz, Floyd's approach to televised cookery was chaotically entertaining and about as far removed from its predecessors as could be. While harboring a notable respect for classical cooking, Floyd's on-camera method generally involved consuming a large amount of alcohol, charming the pants off bystanders, and berating his long-suffering cameraman for not getting close enough to the action.
And what action there was! Memories recall a large gas burner attached to the back of a sampan in Hong Kong's notoriously choppy harbor, puffin hunting in Norway (they're a protected species, mind you), and cooking ostrich in an ostrich farm, surrounded by ostriches and feeding the result to the deceased ostrich's former colleagues — all while under the influence of local libations and dressed to the nines.
And with that, it's perhaps is wise to redirect your attention to the following clips — a scant offering in the grand scheme of things — and hope that just like Mr. Floyd set out to do over 25 years ago, serve to inspire and entertain.