You have to hand it to Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo, the stars of the recent BBC series, Two Greedy Italians. They know how to eat. And during this second series of four episodes they managed to get through huge amount of food.
As firmly based London Caterers they have shared two series of nostalgia in visiting the regions of Italy. There they have eaten the local cuisine in a variety of settings. From the simple cooking of the home, great banquets held at festivals, and the haute cuisine of restaurants. The variety of food on display has been an eyeful and quite amazing.
More to the point, our presenters and renowned chefs, have never skimped on the portions. They ate the food presented to them by local people, irrespective of its rather unique origins. They also cooked their own recipes so we the viewer could take a little learning away from the program. Then they ate their own cooking .
These signori, who are advancing in years, showed an old fashioned respect for food. They scoffed whatever was there. Not to mention the occasional snack in between meals.
The only time they looked a little lightweight was when they attended a special version of eat as much as you can. This was a very local competition, held once a year, for some local big men who were mainly farmers. The objective was to eat their way through several courses in one hour. The winner was the man who had gained the most weight in that session.
To be fair, Antonio and Gennaro put in a good performance as newbies, but the winner gained an impressive 5 kg, after just one hour of solid eating.
There was no indication how much weight the co-hosts had put on during their filming of the series. One can assume it was significant.
We can give ourselves at Heriot Catering a little bit of praise. Antonio and Gennaro would not find our catering to lack the quantity they so clearly enjoy. We would probably discourage too much weight gain in a single session. But if you’re up for it, do ask.