Keith Meets Keith
September 15, 2009 2 Comments
I never watched this programme last night, in bed by 9 or so, I didn’t have the time or energy for Keith Allen, but I have always been fond of Keith Floyd’s work. The first ‘celebrity chef’, a brilliant presenter who obviously cared about food and an amazing food writer. His series of ‘Floyd on America’ show how streets ahead in terms of talent and charisma of the Jamie Oliver’s of this world he was, even then. By the time I had settled down to watch it this afternoon, he was sadly dead.
It’s obvious from this show that I wasn’t his only fan – Keith Allen was obviously very keen to meet him and very admiring and the handful of cheffy talking heads that came on were, you know, very complimentary. I don’t think they had a great deal of interview given the amount of the amount of talking head clips and cooking clips and the Keith Allen shots to Camera – Keith A on a fake aeroplane, Keith A in the back of a car, Keith A getting out of a car… and no surprise, really, given Keith Floyd’s ailing health. But the interview itself was a charm, at least to begin with. Keith Floyd was funny, charismatic and fond of profanity (if you don’t like swearing, you probably might find this a bit.. abrasive) and then strangely later, a reconciliation with his daughter, whom he hadn’t seen for ten years. A strange scenario. And then worse, silence, and abuse round the lunch table. And sadness.
Still, Did the talking heads add? Well, I guess they did, if only to illustrate what esteem Keith Floyd was held in, and the warmth in which he was regarded. The history of Keith’s career is not news to me – but no-one tells it quite like the man himself. No-one tells it quite like him effing and blinding in between Kronenburgs and Cigarettes either. Cancer, you say? Oh well, too late now.
I’m not so sure of the way he conducted his personal life, or the way he ran his restaurants. A lot has been said on the matter and this is certainly no place for comment. I still do cook from his books though, all the time. A food hero in my eyes. Rest in Peace, Keith.
Watch Keith on Keith here. 29 days and counting.