“I always defend British food and I think it’s not as well known as it should be,” he told the Guardian.
“You’ve got wonderful things, such as pies – chicken and leek pie, for instance, is a marvellous thing – which are lovely because they’re sort of ancient foods; a bit like Henry VIII’s tupperware. And besides, a pie is always something special. Then you have the roasts. You just can’t argue with roast beef.”
But, as with his heretical stance on Marmite, there are some things he fears he will never get his head or mouth around.
“To be honest, I don’t think anyone from the continent ever gets used to rhubarb,” he admits.