virgin-1.jpgYou have to have been walking around wearing a blindfold and a pair of ear defenders not to have noticed the inflight catering Virgin complaint letter that’s been doing the rounds on the internet recently.

Well our colleagues over on sister website Flightglobal have challenged Caterersearch to identify the food in the picture.

So I need your help – and I’m willing to pay. The best answer will receive on of three A Life in the Kitchen cook books by the fabulously talented Michel Roux Jr of London landmark Le Gavroche.

While we try and get a response from the airline’s caterer, this is how the author of the letter described his meal:

You don’t get to a position like yours Richard with anything less than a generous sprinkling of observational power so I KNOW you will have spotted the tomato next to the two yellow shafts of sponge on the left. Yes, it’s next to the sponge shaft without the green paste. That’s got to be the clue hasn’t it. No sane person would serve a desert with a tomato would they. Well answer me this Richard, what sort of animal would serve a desert with peas in: [see image 2, above].

I know it looks like a baaji but it’s in custard Richard, custard. It must be the pudding. Well you’ll be fascinated to hear that it wasn’t custard. It was a sour gel with a clear oil on top. It’s only redeeming feature was that it managed to be so alien to my palette that it took away the taste of the curry emanating from our miscellaneous central cuboid of beige matter. Perhaps the meal on the left might be the desert after all.

What do I think? The dish on the left is clearly two large slices of Branston cheesecake drizzled in pesto and accompanied by a tomato wedge, while the one on the right is a fish and saffron crumble served with creme anglaise.

So a prize for the best answer – and better still – if you can recreate it (we need video evidence here that your dishes are both sweet and savoury), we’ll take you to for a slap-up meal at the Popham Little Chef.