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Guides: AA 2015 ~ The results

So after a star studded bash at London’s Grosvenor House, ChefHermes.com can bring you the full list of the promotions & new entries into the AA 2015 Restaurant guide top 10%. New 4rosettes for AA 2015 guide: Texture, London The French ~ Simon Rogan, Manchester Bohemia, Jersey Restaurant Story, London Le Gavroche, London Restaurant Nathan … Read more

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Out and About – Richard Neat @ The Gallivant, Camber, East Sussex.

There will be a number of you reading this thinking ‘who is Richard Neat, & why does he warrant such attention?’. The answer is simple, to a generation of chefs he is a legend. At the age of 29 he became the youngest person to win 2Michelin stars, at the restaurant he co-owned with David … Read more

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Guides: Rumours for AA 2015 – *UPDATED

This year has seen a fair few openings & high profile departures, within the top 10% of the Automobile Association’s restaurant list. So the AA 2015 Restaurant guide may look a little different this year. The main ones to keep an eye on are: Robert Thompson, who has switched sides on the Isle of Wight. … Read more

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Out & About ~ Sienna, Dorchester, Dorset

Sienna, in the sleepy market town of Dorchester is one of those rare commodities; a labour of love. When I’ve spoke to people in the past about it being one of the World’s smallest Michelin starred restaurants, at 14 covers, they ask me how does it makes any money. The answer is, the hard way. … Read more

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New opening for Tom Aikens?

Tom Aikens has been synonymous with high end dining in the UK for best part of 18 years, ever since he became the youngest chef to achieve 2Michelin star status at Pied à terre in 1996. Since then he has gone on to the re-located La Tante Claire, Daylesford Organics and his own eponymous restaurant in … Read more

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Out & About ~ Blunos, Bath.

I first met Martin Blunos in 1998, in the clearance section of Nisbetts (a catering equipment supplier on the outskirts of Bristol). I stood in awe as I watched a 2Michelin starred chef holding a terrine, rotating it, visualising how he was going to utilise the bargain. I tentatively approached and introduced myself, I was … Read more

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Revealed ~ The Richard Neat pop-up

Today ChefHermes.com can reveal details of one of the most anticipated pop-up events in recent times. A couple of years ago the idea of former 2Michelin starred chef Richard Neat doing a brief London pop-up restaurant got so many chefs & suppliers asking me when & where. The Good News. Courtsey of  The Gallivant, Richard … Read more

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Where are all the young chefs?

Recently I’ve been repeatedly asked the same question: Where are all the young chefs that are coming into the industry? The long and short of it is, I don’t know. The hospitality industry, and in particular chefs, have never had such a prolonged & sustained media exposure as it has today. It seems that you’re … Read more

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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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