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Michael Caines: Announcement coming soon

Well it has been a long time coming, but it finally looks like there will be an announcement from Gidleigh Park, Michael Caines & Brownsword Hotels concerning the future at the 2Michelin star property. This site was one of the first to break the news about the 46 years old Caines’ plan to purchase & … Read more

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The Weekend Edition – Bank holiday version

Yes I know chefs everywhere will bemoan the fact that I’ve mentioned the Bank holiday, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles. So, this week has seen the Cut Tourism VAT campaign had their ass handed to them by me & my beloved Liverpool lose 6-1 in Stevie Gerrard’s last match for the club; bit … Read more

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‘Cut Tourism VAT’ ~ The reality & what they don’t want you to know.

It has been an interesting week in terms of the Cut Tourism VAT campaign (CTV). Firstly, this week a motion was passed by the Northern Ireland Assembly for the minister compile a report & present it to HM Treasury. Then yesterday, new Wales Office minister Lord Bourne declare CTV a ‘non runner’. Maybe his Lordship, like … Read more

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The Weekend Edition

In a week when a BBC reporter had a slip of the tongue and used the c-word & The Independent newspaper gave me the screengrab of week:   I’ve been enjoying great pictures, bizarre music promotions & things I can only file under WTF, all on social media this week. Food picture of the week, … Read more

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Recipe ~ Apricot Polenta traybake

I have to say from the off, that this post took inspiration from a UK website called Good to Know. They had a section on traybakes, & applying a little pastry knowledge with flavour combinations created my own version. Apricot Polenta traybake 350g Unsalted butter 375g Golden caster sugar 1 Tblespn Ground ginger ½ Tsp … Read more

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The Weekend Edition

In a week which saw a new government elected to parliament, I’ve been enjoying: Plates designed for Instagram; Somebody refused entry to a McDonalds & a 3Michelin star chef tell a 2star chef he didn’t enjoy his meal at his world famous restaurant. But first up, an appeal. Knives for Nepal A word from Natalie … Read more

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Top 10 most followed UK restaurant critics on Twitter 2015

What started out as a post lampooning Huffington Post’s American centric view of the world, has now become an annual event on ChefHermes.com, the Top 10 most followed UK restaurant critics on Twitter. With the exponential growth of Twitter over the past 3-4years, it now seems to touch the vast majority of people on the … Read more

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The Weekend Edition

In the week when we welcomed a new Royal baby into the world & the General Election stepped up another gear into negativity, I’ve been enjoying lots on social media & the internet.  Chefs on Trail Popular culture commentator &  all round go to guy for social media, Angry Britain, was watching Alex Polizzi’s latest … Read more

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Recipe ~ Pineapple Semolina Cakes

This weeks spot of baking is a firm favourite with me, other than the lack of chocolate, what’s no to like? Everything in the ingredients are store cupboard stables, and so can be made all year round. Please note that I use tinned pineapple but fresh is ok to use as well. Pineapple Semolina Cakes … Read more

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The Weekend Edition

In a week when Starbucks announced a turnover more than Iceland’s GDP, Tax dodging helpers HSBC threaten to quit the UK; I’ve been enjoying John Torode’s incompetence on Masterchef  and Gordon Ramsay’s AMA on Reddit. I kick this edition off with a heart warming story. The simple things in life. Michael Hanline wrongfully spent 36years … Read more

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