By exploring classics of the genre (‘Rocky’, ‘Raging Bull’) and lesser-known efforts (‘Body and Soul’, ‘The Set-Up’), Leigh posits the idea that the boxing is the least important aspect. For Jake LaMotta, ‘the ring is everywhere’. And so it is, to a lesser degree, for all of us – by exploring race, corruption, mortality, courage and redemption, the best boxing films manage to universalise this most singular and intense of pursuits. Leigh’s clearly a fan and his passion shines through – by the end, he’s made a persuasive case.
As if winning Britain’s Best Chocolatier five times wasn’t enough, William Curley and wife Suzue are also both highly respected pastry chefs renowned for combining classic techniques with unusual (often Asian) flavours. Jasmine entremets, for example, layers dark chocolate mousse and sponge with jasmine crème brûlée and caramelized mandarins. At this flagship branch (there is a smaller one in Richmond and a concession in Harrod’s) you can eat at the dessert bar, or take a class in chocolate making.