Raymond Blanc



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A few years ago a mate asked me about doing some chef stages (working for free to gain different/more experiences). ‘Sure’ I said, ‘where were you thinking of?’. Needless to say he was thinking of the Fat Duck in Bray, it was number two in the Worlds 50 Best list […]

Chef stagiaires: Career progression or free labour?


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Revelations, The Caterer ~ The Full interview This week I’ve appeared in The Caterer’s Chef section after answering a tweet sent out by Managing editor Amanda Afiya, asking for chefs to take part. Despite how some chefs deride The Caterer for what it once was (ie lots of pages, but […]

Revelations, The Caterer ~ The Full interview



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This week saw the release of GCSE & A Level results, and after reading a heartfelt post on another blog it got me thinking. Catering was once the last refuse of the less academically gifted & where career advisors would often recommend school leavers to go if they couldn’t do […]

Qualifications aren’t everything in catering


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For this month’s collection of recipes, we thought that we’d post a some recipes of a much underrated vegetable. Carrots normally form part of mirepoix, purees & soups, but as our blog will demonstrate they are just a bit more versatile than that. Although the most common colour for carrots […]

There’s a bit more to Carrots….


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So as we near the end of the award season, last night was yet another excuse to get dressed up. The National Restaurant awards in London coincided with the Restaurant show. So having had the list for a little while now, it begs some of the same questions as when […]

Our view of the National Restaurant Awards




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Late yesterday evening, the Chef Hermes Blog were notified of a significant recruitment move. The name mentioned has been out of the scene for some 18 months or so, but now it looks like he’s taken a fixed term contract in North Yorkshire. We’re of course talking about the former […]

It’s Grim Up North…….


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This post has been removed. . . The Chef Hermes blog would like to apologise unreservedly to Which? Publications. In the blog publishing a leak of the Good Food Guide 2011, we didn’t realise it would have caused such offence. The Blog has removed all prepublication & copyright material from […]

Yet another leaked guide book, Good Food Guide 2011