The Weekend Edition

Yes, it’s back!!! After not being able to post for nearly a month, I can finally say that after being hacked that is now clean & safe again. There have been so many stories & issues that I would have liked to have written about, but unfortunately I was advised not to.

Any way, onwards & upwards.

Stories from the inbox

Rachel Lampen emailed to let me know about the ‘Amazing 10th Thailand Festival’:

The UK’s largest and longest-running Thai Festival returns to Secretts in Milford, Surrey on Saturday 29th – Monday 31st August. The 10th Amazing Thailand Festival will celebrate ‘SONGKRAN’ Thai New Year, where once again Secretts has been transformed into the ‘Land of Smiles’.

For the first time ever, you can now buy your tickets in advance for this charity event.

Further details: Tickets

John Phillips, of the University of Derby, was very happy at the progress of one of his former students.


Claridge’s customers will go wild for chef Andy’s food.

Andy Bright has secured a job at Simon Rogan’s Fera at Claridges, after gaining a first class honours degree in Professional Culinary Arts last year. I’m not entirely sure how much of the food Andy will be cooking at Fera will be his, but I want to wish him all the best for the future.

Fera new recruit, Andy Bright

Fera new recruit, Andy Bright

For information about culinary courses at the University of Derby: See here


Congratulations to Marriott UK on appointing renowned drag queen Anna Phylactic. She is joining the hotel teams at Leeds, Liverpool and Glasgow as well as the Renaissance hotel in Manchester during July and August, to aid with the LBGT customer experience.


Anna Phylactic

Full story: The Caterer

This week also saw The Miner’s Arms in Lydney start the search for a new Head chef. Unsure why this is news? The Miner’s Arms featured on the Alex Polizzi fronted BBC2 show ‘Chefs on trial’.

My tweet from earlier in the week:

Job advert: Indeed

Michael Caines has had a busy week. Not only has his ‘Dream Hotel’ finally be given the green light, but he was also made a Freeman of Exeter. The 2Michelin starred chef, based at Gidleigh Park, Chagford, Devon has been recognised for his:

…outstanding services to the field of cookery which has led to Exeter’s name being known around the world as one which supports cookery.

Gidleigh Park

2Michelin star Gidleigh Park

Full story: The Exeter Echo


This weeks selection of foodporn, which has floated through my social media timelines:


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