A series of snacks before a meal, such as those served by Brad Carter at Carters of Moseley in Birmingham, are a chef's calling card and a little taste of things to come, discovers Michael Raffael
At what point does a meal start? The Italian antipasto means "before the meal", and hors d'oeuvre translates as "outside the work". Both terms and their cousins amuse bouche (palate-tickler) and taster suggest treats before the proper eating starts.
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