‘Chat Delices’: Haute cuisine for cats
Award-winning restaurateur Simon Rimmer has created a ‘once-in-nine-lifetimes’ treat with gourmet meals for the discerning feline. Featuring lobster, beluga caviar and beetroot sauce, the £24.95 dish has been described as “the world’s most luxurious cat food”, and its creator told us all about it.
Metro: Did cats really appreciate the butternut squash?
Rimmer: This was all done with a vet to make sure the portion sizes were acceptable to them, and the textures worked really well. They love root vegetables if they are squashed up enough – my cat Glynda hated the squash but loved the beetroot puree. She lapped it up.
I was always told not feed cats from the table – are you ripping up that golden rule?
I agree with that rule, this is a one-off. You can’t feed animals a human diet.
Is Glynda sulking now she’s back on the tinned food?
She’s fine with it. She liked it but is more a of a dried food kind of girl.
Do you think in the Internet era we have made cats into Gods?
I think a small minority do elevate them to that level but we do a similar thing with kids. There has to be a place for pampering.
Having tested fine dining, can we now try getting cats drunk on champagne?
There’s a huge difficulty with levels of sweetness and acidity, and a huge difference between liquids and solids. The best drink should always be water.
So – ‘don’t try this at home’ I take it?
It’s huge fun. We’re highlighting that people love to look after their pets and there are many things you can feed them one time. But never treat them as human or feed them something that hasn’t been checked for size of portion. The obesity level in pets is alarming.
So what novelty dishes are you considering for next time?
Something with a venison carpaccio.