I’m not sure what is more offensive in this critique of the English Fry-up on The Times website, the air of disdain for the fatty breakfast, or inference of classism peppered throughout the piece:
The fried English breakfast was conceived during the Industrial Revolution (probably) as a form of fast fuel for a working class that actually worked. They ate 3,000 calories in the morning, then they burnt 3,000 calories by lunchtime. Or died when the mine collapsed. But you don’t burn 3,000 calories driving a forklift truck, or answering the phone at Argos, or fiddling your disability benefit.
I’ll tell you what’s holding us back from finally getting rid of the fried English breakfast for ever: lack of education. You never see a person with a degree eating a fry-up, do you? Certainly not someone with a 2:1 or better in a humanities subject from a university founded before the invention of the iPod. That’s because they are smart enough to know better.
Unhealthy food is found every restaurant, not just those who serve English Fry ups. Has anyone ever done a nutritional estimation of the food served at various Michelin-rated places? To bitch specifically about the lack of health benefits from Fry Ups is both restrictive and biased.
As the subsequent retort to Mr. Coren stated, the love of this dish (or any dish, for that matter) has little to do with education levels or class status.
However, it is not something that people should be eating every day. But this is the same that could be said for a plethora of dishes and treats found worldwide.