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Chefs' Last Supper

1 of 2 portraits of Michel Roux Jr

Chefs' Last Supper, by John Reardon, 2003 - NPG P1121 - © John Reardon

© John Reardon

Chefs' Last Supper

by John Reardon
C-type colour print from digital file, 2003
32 in. x 50 in. (813 mm x 1270 mm)
Purchased, 2006
Primary Collection
NPG P1121


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Reardon is particularly associated with his portraits of chefs for the Observer Food Monthly for which this particular commission based on Leonardo's Last Supper was made. The photograph is not a digital construct and was the only frame in which the brie thrown by Marcus Wareing was captured appearing to hover by chance for a fraction of a second over the head of Gordon Ramsay in the centre of the composition.

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Current affairs

Biological weapons expert, David Kelly commits suicide after being questioned by the government over allegations that the Iraq weapons dossier had been 'sexed-up' by the government. The Hutton Inquiry into Kelly's death concluded that he had taken his own life and that the BBC's claim was unfounded, leading to the Director General's resignation. No stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq after the 2003 invasion.

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England wins the Rugby World Cup in the final against Australia. The match was exceptionally close with Australia equalising with just two and a half minutes of extra time remaining. 21 seconds before the end of the match, England's fly-half Jonny Wilkinson scored a drop-goal, winning the match and the tournament.

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America leads an invasion of Iraq after accusing the country of building Weapons of Mass Destruction. Initial success was achieved with the toppling of Saddam Hussein's government and George Bush's declaration of the end of major conflict - 'Mission Accomplished' - within two months of the invasion. The conflict, however, was not over, and British and American troops continued fighting with insurgents to stabilise the country.

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