It has become common for big stars to demand food in their dressing room – more in the pop world than in classics, but I do remember one well-known violinist’s contract demands for Marks & Spencer Mediterranean dips and other gentle comestibles.
Mild, beside the pop specifics.
Photographer Henry Hargreaves has been shooting the food in popstars’ contracts. This one’s easy – she ordered Cristal champagne with bendy straws (someone had to go to law school to learn how to write that in a contract).
Here are two more. Click on Henry’s website for the full set. (Mine’s English Breakfast tea and a banana).
And here’s a site packed with star prefs. Rufus Wainwright, for instance, requires: No bread, no pasta, no red meat, no sugar, no dairy (including no butter or sour cream), no nuts, no plastic cutlery, no chocolate, no Evian water, not even any alcohol.
“Rufus is on a strict dietary plan,” the rider explains, “so please pay full attention to all food requests.” Fish is to be grilled “in olive oil (not butter),” while salads must have the “dressing on the side and NOcheese.” The contract also asks for “ALL eggs and chicken to be free range.”