Ulster Unionist Councillor Darryl Wilson says Ulster Fry critic Kevin Myers should eat his words
A Co Antrim hot-food van owner has defended the Ulster Fry after the local favourite came in for a bashing.
Sunday Times columnist Kevin Myers ripped into the Ulster Fry slamming it as "utterly irredeemable" but Darryl Wilson who runs Mr D's catering van which is permanently based at Ballymoney's Ballymena Road, has hit back.
Myers wrote: "The province's culinary essence remains the utterly irredeemable Ulster Fry, an aboriginal aberration that bizarrely still finds a place on Belfast menus.
"This is the equivalent of a New Guinea restaurant discreetly suggesting a lightly boiled head as a starter."
Last night, Darryl Wilson - who is also an Ulster Unionist councillor on Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council - told the Belfast Telegraph: "In a recent poll to find Northern Ireland's favourite dish, the good old Ulster fry came out on top.
"It certainly remains a firm favourite amongst my local customers. It is also thoroughly enjoyed by the hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Northern Ireland on a regular basis.
"The traditional favourite which features sausages, bacon and eggs has the added splendour of soda farls and potato bread. In my opinion when cooked as it should be ... well, it firmly thrashes its rivals from across the rest of the British Isles. We are seldom rude when it comes to breakfast rivalries, maybe it's because we are too 'well bread'," he joked.
Meanwhile, Myers also hit out at the standard of posh restaurant this side of the border.
He said: "No Northern Ireland restaurant that had a Michelin star 10 years ago retains it still. In this present decade, 12 restaurants in the Republic have won a Michelin star; just two in the North have.
"Clearly this island has two distinct cooking traditions. There is the southern one, which for all its historic failings, looks south to the capitals of Europe, which has undergone a revolution.
"Then there is the Northern one, which looks to the grey granite of Knox plus the suet, starch and stodge of Stenhousemuir and clearly hasn't."
Mr Myers also said the Republic has 52 cheeses and the North just five.