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Michael Winner’s new book: Not so unbelievable!

A delicious, indiscreet memoir about dining with Hollywood stars

Death Wish director and #1 Barbados fan Michael Winner just published a new totally uncensored book of his meals and relationships with some very famous people: some dead and some still living.

Jack Lemmon, John Cleese (above with Michael), Faye Dunaway, Burt Lancaster, Robert Mitchum and a host of other big names are included in Winner’s memoir “Unbelievable! My Life In Restaurants And Other Places”

Will the stars be offended here on earth or wherever they are now? I doubt it.

Michael Winner is not unkind to anyone except those who serve him bad meals.

Can’t wait to read his new book, which probably could be titled “Lives of the rich and famous Hollywood stars with all the cow manure striped away”

Michael Winner loves Barbados. Continue reading

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Michael Winner talks about Paradise Beach, Simon Cowell and Barbados Free Press

Death Wish film director lets loose on “bizarre saga” of Four Seasons Resort and a lot more

There can be no dispute that our old friend Michael Winner loves Barbados – and not just the West Coast / Sandy Lane crowd either. We’ve seen him pass through places like er, Grape Hall, and he’s usually smiling away in the passenger seat like he’s just had a tonic and gin… or five. Sometimes he waves at folks in much the same manner as Queen Elizabeth in a motorcade. We wave back. Like we said, Michael Winner loves Barbados and we get a kick out of him too.

Mr. Winner has been following what he describes as the “bizarre saga” of the on-again, off-again Four Seasons / Paradise Beach development and has just published a tell-all about the project in the Telegraph. It’s a wonderful and fun read with a few secrets and private quotes thrown in here and there.

Here’s a list of some of the folks he talks about… Continue reading

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Michael Winner Slams Sandy Lane Head Chef “Ghastly Grant” MacPherson: “He struts around… His food is unbelieveably awful… inedible rubber…”

"Charming" Sandy Lane waitresses Rehanna and Francia with a furious Michael Winner

Christmas at Sandy Lane: "Charming" Sandy Lane waitresses Rehanna and Francia with a furious Michael Winner

Winner: “Two Excellent Waitresses – Charming, Probably Cook Better Than Head Chef MacPherson Too!”

For us ordinary folk at Barbados Free Press, there’s a pleasing simplicity about a fish cutter and a beer at Oistins, with some salad and rice on the side. Plastic fork, styro plate. Sit by the sea, talk with friends and pass the rum bottle on a Friday afternoon. Work done, watch the light fade and thank God I was born on this island instead of Ohio where I spent some particularly brutal winters not so long ago.

The food is good at Oistins – sometimes wonderful if the pretty girl is there and fine enough if the not-so-pretty one is there too! For the food at Oistins is nothing but fresh and the company is always in good spirits. (Sometimes she’ll let you take her home, the not-so-pretty one, I mean.)

BFP Editorial Meeting, Oistins

BFP Editorial Meeting, Oistins

Pity the poor rich bastards at Sandy Lane who become upset when their BDS$110 duck pancake isn’t fluffy enough. Oh, we’ve all had the odd “soggy and grotesque” bit of food at Oistins, but when you’re with friends a little soggy food doesn’t matter. Or shouldn’t matter.

But if you’re paying BDS $300 a plate at Sandy Land (yikes!) and you have forgotten that the sea and the sky are beautiful, I guess you could get upset over a leathery pancake.

There is nothing wrong with having money, nothing wrong at all…

…unless you’ve forgotten what it is to enjoy life and your friends.

Michael Winner should spend more time walking by the sea at Oistins; eating fish cutters and drinking rum with the wind in his face. It might remind him of what it means to be alive.

Sandy Lane, Barbados

Michael Winner, London Times

My friend Gordon Ramsay famously said, “Michael Winner knows nothing about food.” At last I’ve found someone who knows less about food than me.

Not only less about food, but less about presentation, about how to treat people . . . in fact I’ve met the most awful example of the so-called “hospitality industry” I’ve come across in 70 years of eating in the finest restaurants all over the world. Quite a nonachievement. This man is ridiculous.

Stop. Don’t get overexcited. “Calm down, dear, it’s only a chef.” He’s Grant MacPherson, culinary director and head chef of Sandy Lane, Barbados. His food is unbelievably awful…

… continue reading this article at The London Times (link here)

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