- a blog about food and value

Wednesday Wind-down: A Farewell Cheers to Floyd

Photo source:

Photo source:

Sadly Keith Floyd, the booziest and funniest of all chefs, passed away on Monday. He was a legend. Best known for his haphazard presenting and his penchant for knocking back the vino while he was at it; kind of reminds me of my husband come to think of it. The original TV chef produced some excellent books including many on French cuisine and more recent ones on Asian food. Floyd was at his best when he was tangled up in some hilarious misadventure such as the time when a rather posh French lady told him his dish was total rubbish. Classic.

This trout dish looks very tasty, make sure the newspaper doesn’t go on fire; after all it is a Floyd recipe!

Wild trout or char, baked in newspaper (Served with the quickest hollandaise sauce in the world)


  • Fresh trout or char
  • Finely chopped garlic
  • Finely chopped shallots
  • Finely chopped parsley
  • Thinly sliced lemon
  • Salt
  • Newspaper
  • 2 Egg yolks
  • Warm melted butter
  • Fresh asparagus


1. Remove the back bone from the fish by ripping it out using your forefinger and thumb (keep head on)

2. Inside the fish, add the finely chopped garlic, finely chopped shallots, finely chopped parsley, thinly sliced lemon and salt

3. Wrap tightly in approximately 10 sheets of newspaper (This will help retain the flavour)

4. Bake in the oven until the paper is crisp and the fish is cooked

5. Remove from oven and cut open the newspaper to reveal the baked fish

7. Serve with hollandaise sauce, fresh steamed asparagus and a slice of lemon

To make the hollandaise sauce: Whip the egg yolks over a little heat and slowly add the melted butter. Salt to taste.


  1. i’m a huge fan of floyd and he will be sadly missed. absolute legend.

  2. I raised a glass in his memory last night when I heard the news – his TV progs were great, he was the first and best of the modern celebrity chefs.

  3. I saw a docu about him on Channel 4 the night before he died and couldn’t believe how old he looked. Apparently he was only 68.

  4. ah,but he had a life packed full of adventure! cheers Floyd.

  5. He was actually only 65. What a character and he didn’t have to rely on swearing to get rating like Ramsay or should I say fucking Ramsay. I read this in the Irish Times about Floyd:

    ‘He proposed to his third wife, Shaunagh, after meeting her in the pub four hours beforehand. She was 23 years younger than him and the marriage, which lasted three years, ended in 1994 when he accused her of forgetting his birthday and threw her and the regulars out of his pub’.