Oobah Butler. It’s most likely a name you’ll never have heard before, and until this morning neither had I. But maybe you should, because he’s just pulled off something quite remarkable in the restaurant industry. He took a tiny pop-up restaurant in South London from complete obscurity to being the #1 rated eatery in the […]

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Last week I was invited along to a tasting of the new menu at Arboreal, the 2 Rosette restaurant at the Merewood Country House Hotel in Windermere. Arboreal is a new venture created last year when the kitchen team, led by chef Carl Semple, decided to split the existing restaurant into two separate entities: The Grill and Arboreal. […]

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The Death of Michelin.

The Michelin Guide. An annual publication of almost mythical status that can, quite literally, make or break the fortunes of a restaurant. Each year the catering industry holds its breath in anticipation of the latest edition – how many new stars this year? How many three-stars? Will anyone lose their stars? Some chefs have become […]

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Raspberry Delice

Summer’s here – even though today, looking out of the window, it certainly doesn’t appear that way. And yet only a couple of days ago I was flat on my back soaking up the glorious Lakeland sunshine. It was positively cracking flags (as we say round these parts). Heck, I even ditched the heavy kitchen […]

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A few months ago I was fortunate enough to be invited to a tasting lunch at L’Enclume. I say ‘fortunate’ because not only does L’Enclume have a sterling reputation (2 Michelin stars, 5 AA Rosettes, four-times consecutive winner of Good Food Magazine‘s ‘Best Restaurant in the Country’) but also because somebody else had offered to pay for it, […]

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Fo’ Coffee.

Caffeine: the world’s favourite drug. Well, I recently read something that has changed my whole perception of coffee and its stimulant effects. Whilst the caffeine ‘buzz’ is quite evidently a real phenomenon (drink a double espresso every 20 minutes for an hour: you’ll get what I’m talking about), the fatigue-fighting power of caffeine would – […]

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Ollie Dabb-who?

I recently read an interview with the über-cool Ollie Dabbous. Ollie who? Exactly. Unless you’re a real food freak it’s more than likely that you’ve never heard that name before. And that’s no accident. This isn’t a guy you’re gonna see playing around with omelettes on Saturday Kitchen. He has, I believe, one cookbook which was likely […]

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The Lost Art of Breadmaking

Making bread is easy. Sure, the difference between producing a basic white loaf and some artisan work of beauty comes down to skills accumulated through years of experience. But a basic loaf is, nonetheless, a simple beast. Flour, yeast, water… and a bit of salt. That’s it. It’s a formula that is used the world […]

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What’s In A Name?

The specials board. It’s a wonderful thing. It allows a chef to test new dishes, to see how they sit with the customer. If they go down like hot cakes*, they go on the main menu; if they’re not so popular, they don’t – no harm done. It also allows a chef to minimise on […]

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Boyz n’ the Hudd

Huddersfield. Or ‘Uddersfield, as the locals would ‘ave it. I’ve been working on the outskirts for the past couple of weeks, a little place just off the motorway where there is NOTHING GOING ON. Seriously. On the odd occasion I’ve ventured out into the West Yorkshire rain (it rains here a lot) I’ve driven around […]

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