Predictions 2005; WILLIAM SITWELL IS THE FOOD SPY

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Byline: WILLIAM SITWELL

1 2005 is a year when the great food writers will come to prominence.

I'm talking about the likes of Sophie Grigson (left): she's knowledgeable, commands serious respect and I guarantee you'll be seeing a lot more of her.

2 Finally, after years of watching people cook on our screens, the British public look like they might start to get their own fingers dirty. This year promises to be a boom time for people running cooking courses. So if your other half thinks it's weird to put on an apron, tell them they're wrong.

3 Amid the plethora of restaurant guides that are available to Londoners, one will finally rise above the others. Each January, when it's published, Michelin gets its fair share of detractors but it's still the original and the best.

4 A move against cheap food will sweep the nation.

Food writer Rose Prince is rumoured to be publishing her definitive book that claims it will change the way you shop and eat forever.

Apparently, she'll argue that you should spend more on good-quality produce that will last longer and make you savings.

Word is her publishers received the manuscript and doubled the print order.

5 One man to watch is Ian Pengelley (left). Born in Hong Kong, he trained in China, Thailand and Singapore before landing a job as the first head chef of E&O.

This month he opens Pengelley's restaurant and bar on the site of Monte's. …