Simon Kelner

Simon Kelner was Editor of The Independent between 1998 and 2011. He writes a daily column for i.

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The Noma restaurant, based in Copenhagen, took home the award as the world's best restaurant at the ceremony at London's Guildhall

World's 50 best restaurants list: food isn't the only ingredient to judge

I've done my fair share of eating out over the years (I have the Body Mass Index to prove it) and I've been to only three of the restaurants on the list

Jilly's jewels: footballer Steven Gerrard

How can you tell a gentleman?

A list of public figures with gallant attributes by Country Life magazine throws a fascinating light on what it means to be a gentleman in the modern world, says Simon Kelner

Alan Titchmarsh was included in Jilly Cooper's list of gentlemen

What makes a man a gentleman?

According to Jilly Cooper, a judge of Country Life's Gentlemen of the Year award, there are many different types of gentleman. But what does it actually mean to be one?

The tell tale signs that I'm turning into my father

A survey released yesterday found that most men morph into their fathers by the age of 38. The similarities between between my father and me are numerous and particular.

Banksy perfectly embodies our transitory age, but who cares? He is, most of all, an heroic anti-hero

There is no better commentator on the mores of the modern world than the incognito graffiti artist from Bristol

I'm not religious, but you can't help getting swept up at a Passover dinner

The tone of the whole Seder night was light, bright and evocative

Is fine dining in Britain being gradually democratised?

A new academic study suggests so, but - like the opera - the cultural experience of eating in a posh restaurant is still beyond the reach of many

Totally wired: modern technology means work intrudes on our private lives

French workers now have legal right not to be contacted after they leave the office

It's this healthy attitude that helps the French live longer, says Simon Kelner

Peaches Geldof was captivating company, and like any tragic death, hers makes you cling all the more tenaciously to what you hold precious

Bob Geldof's statement that his family is “beyond pain” will have touched everyone

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