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Revealed ~ The Richard Neat pop-up

Today 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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