Eat Film: London Restaurant Festival

Jonathan Ross combines two of his favourite hobbies: food and film


We're big Jonathan Ross fans here at ELLE, so we were thrilled to be invited along to his special dinner at BAFTA last night – one of the highlights of the London Restaurant Festival (3-21 October).

Wossy curated a menu with BAFTA 195 chef Anton Manganaro, inspired by his all time favourite film: Studio Ghibli fantasy Spirited Away, a masterpiece of Japanese animation.


Guests including Russell Kane (who sat at our table) and Jonathan’s wife and son watched the film before tucking into treats like aubergine miso, grilled shio koji, Devonshire chicken, slow-cooked Old Spot pork belly kakuni and miso-glazed Cornish hake.

Jonathan explained that the dessert of ginger cake was not a traditional Japanese delicacy but was chosen because Spirited Away director Miyazaki served ginger cake when Jonathan met him. He also revealed that he is desperate to get Miyazaki out of recent retirement to make one last film. Watch this space.

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