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CHEF | INTERVIEW

COOKING UP A STORM If you want to make The Angry Chef live up to his name, just mention clean-eating or sugarfree – Anthony Warner talks to Melissa Blease about the myriad food messages all around us and challenges some of the pervading trends

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he Angry Chef’s blog is not exactly bedtime reading for those of a delicate disposition. Take, for example, the philosophy at the core of his multiple tirades on the recent clean-eating trend (with profanities duly deleted): “The demonisation of perfectly sensible food choices is ignorant, misguided and prejudicial.” Or, his perspective on the carnivore diet: “An utterly delusional, nutrient-deficient dietary fad, largely undertaken by inadequate, disaffected males attempting to live out caveman fantasies in the modern age.” His thoughts on sugar could hardly be described as sweet, either: “We attack supermarkets for selling cakes, yet rarely challenge their exploitative wages that leave millions of hardworking people in poverty.” Now I’m not generally prone to bouts of extreme trepidation before an interview, but Anthony Warner – the real-life wordwarrior behind the impassioned Angry Chef persona – is rattling the journalistic equivalent of my saucepan lids before we’ve even said hello. However... XX TheBATHMagazine

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“A lot of people assume that I’m as foulmouthed and tempestuous in real life as I may appear to come across on my blog, but I’m generally not like that at all,” he says – in calm, gentle tones that completely belie his public image. “I created The Angry Chef in order to be heard in a world that sells us ideas, products, philosophies and beliefs, often in a disingenuous fashion. The anger is genuine, but in my real life I express that anger in a more socially acceptable way.” Anthony has worked in the food industry for 25 years as a development chef for large restaurant groups and in product development for big-brand food manufacturers and retailers. But in 2015, he began a mission to fight back against – and expose – the “lies, pretensions and stupidity in the world of food,” bringing both his science background (he has BSc from “a decent university”) and his passion for what and how we eat together on one fascinating menu. “I became acutely aware that there was a lot of stuff around diet and the food industry in general appearing online, where a lot of emerging ‘food celebrities’ were

attracting a great deal of attention,” he recalls, when asked about when The Angry Chef first donned his whites. “It was all very interesting, but when I looked closely, a lot of them were presenting some quite problematic, misinformed statements

Anthony Warner, aka The Angry Chef

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The Bath Magazine May 2019  

The Bath Magazine is Bath’s biggest monthly guide to life and living in the city of Bath

The Bath Magazine May 2019  

The Bath Magazine is Bath’s biggest monthly guide to life and living in the city of Bath