On with their heads
THE 14th century farmhouse that is home to Jean-Christophe Novelli's cookery school in England was once frequented by none other than Sir Henry VIII, the chef told The Bottom Line.
Had the Frenchman been around at the same time, he likes to think the course of English history may have taken a different direction.
"I would have taught him to chop herbs instead of heads," quipped the cooking maestro, who was in Glasgow to judge the 2013 Scottish Italian Awards.
KIRSTY Wark's skills of self-effacement were needed before she rose to address the Association of Investment Companies' annual Scottish dinner at Edinburgh's Mansfield Traquair venue.
The broadcaster, celebrating 20 years as a presenter of BBC2's Newsnight, had been seated quietly at her table for a few minutes when another invitee two chairs away leaned over and asked: "Do you know where Kirsty Wark is sitting?"
Meanwhile, AIC chairman and punster Andrew Bell couldn't resist closing the formal proceedings by remarking: "As someone said in that old film, come with me to the cashbah".The supporter's pal
NEWS that Glasgow-based PAL Technologies is involved in a project to make male football fans more active appears timely.
The well-proportioned fans squeezed into replica strips around Glasgow city centre prior to the Croatia game suggests the initiative is needed. Walking from the bar for a cigarette outside probably won't cut it.
RETURNING to Jean-Christophe Novelli, the French chef told The Bottom Line about giving contemporary Gordon Ramsay his big TV break.
Mr Novelli recommended the Scot to bosses at the BBC's Food and Drink show for an item on rambling and cooking 25 years ago - on the proviso the chef was on his best behaviour.
He said: "I called Gordon and said "listen, I am going to bring the TV. First thing, don't f****** swear! Check your aprons and shut up for 10 f****** minutes!"".
Perhaps Mr Ramsay's career may have turned out differently had he taken the advice on board.
NOTICING some recent marketing activity by pizza and pasta chain Tony Macaroni on Twitter reminded The Bottom Line of a tale about the west of Scotland-based company.
A sales executive with a trade supplier recalled a colleague's efforts to win some business.
"Could I speak to Tony Macaroni, please?" was the memorable opening line by the eager sales woman.
Happily, we understand the gaffe has not prevented the firm's products being sold in the restaurants.