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The fallacy of ‘Michelin starred chef’.

Michelin starred chef, it’s probably one of the most desirable prefixes that any stove monkey can add to their name. So much so, that it’s being hijacked such is its power of PR. When I started this site four years ago I asked several journalists how they refer to chefs which don’t currently hold a … Read more

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Chef Rumours & Gossip: New appointments

It’s been a while since I’ve posted some new chef rumours, so here we go. Former head chef at the Vineyard, Coworth Park & recently the Quince Tree in Stonor, Peter Eaton, has been reunited with former 2Michelin star chef John Campbell. The award winning partnership had been in tandem for nearly 6 years, before … Read more

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The top 20 UK Restaurant bloggers on Twitter 2014

So, this follows on from the annual ‘Top 10 Restaurant critics on Twitter‘, as I got a bit of flack about bloggers not being on the list. This, despite it saying what the criteria was in the post: The criteria for being included in the list is that you’re a published (ie in a newspaper … Read more

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Recipes ~ “Chickpeas are one of my favourite things to serve with chorizo or lamb meatballs” ~ Yotam Ottolenghi

I often think about such things as chickpeas, and how they’re bypassed for more fashionable legumes, or pulses. But the versatility of chickpeas are their greatest asset. Many, like Yotam Ottolenghi, may stick with the more traditional route, based in Middle Eastern cuisine, but I feel that there is so much more to them. There … Read more

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WD50: End of an era?

Today I read about the closing of Wylie Dufresne’s restaurant WD50, in the Lower Eastside of Manhattan. Many will shed a tear, in fact many a stellar chef has paid their ‘respects’ to the iconic restaurant. For the best part of 11 years Dufresne has ploughed his trade with how he thinks food should be … Read more

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What’s next for Anthony Demetre & co ?

Im the fast paced world of chefs with a profile, Anthony Demetre is often one of the ones that slips under the radar. Yes, him & his front of house partner, Will Smith (no, not the fresh prince of Bel-air), have slowly gone about their business. First there was Arbutus, then Wild Honey and in … Read more

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Dear Rachel Khoo…………Shut up!

Cookbook writer & minor TV cook/sleb, Rachel Khoo has decided that the TV world needs to be told the truth. In an interview released today in the Radio Times,  Khoo says: It’s great that Mary Berry got a primetime TV show, but I don’t think there are enough women chefs on TV, But then goes … Read more

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Out & About ~ WD50, New York

They always say that you shouldn’t meet your heroes, you’ll only be disappointed. Wylie Dufresne, & his restaurant WD50 on the Lower East Side, has long been held in high regard by myself, probably ever since he did the ‘5Questions‘ in 2010. It was one of the first places on the shortlist, when my wife … Read more

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Yet another rant by William Sitwell, #Squareplates

It’s really hard to know where to start with yet another Sitwell rant. Factually incorrect and bleating from the rafters to justify his own existence? Let’s dissect these 800 words. Firstly, there wasn’t a tidal wave on the social media as Sitwell says, there was barely a ripple; primarily because nobody cares. Because of their … Read more

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Blogging & staying on the right side of the ASA.

Now that all the kerfuffle surrounding the Twitter5 has died down, & it appears that the status quo has been resumed. I thought it about time to look at the role of the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) within the field of new media, ie blogging & social media. As the blogosphere has grown, so have … Read more

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