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Team Nigella, be warned. There are two judges out to rival her charisma...

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My Life in Food: Chris Wheeler, head chef, Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire

'You can't beat a classic english sandwich. I couldn't live without my cheese and marmite'

Review: Little Social, 5 Pollen Street, London W1

I hate to start a rave review with a criticism, but 'Little Social' isn't a great name. The jog-trot phonemes suggest something pinched and underfed, like one of those Dickens urchins called Jo or Smike. You might as well call an eating-house 'Vaguely Jolly'. And it's easy to confuse with all its half-brothers in the vicinity.

Pizza Hut's new pizza has handmade pockets of molten mozzarella, provolone, fontina, mild cheddar and other cheeses around the rim.

Pizza Hut hope to catch up with Domino's using their crazy crust

Molten mozzarella, provolone, fontina, mild cheddar and other cheeses will soon lurk in a crust near you

Marco Schiavetta behind the counter at the Regency Café

No reservations, no celebrity chefs: greasy spoon outshines Michelin-starred restaurants

The Regency Café has been named as one of the UK's best places to dine out

Review: A Wong, 70-71 Wilton Road, London SW1

Our reviewer goes in search of a Cantonese 'greatest hits' at A Wong

London's Balthazar restaurant

Little Social, Story, Bubbledogs: The hipper than hip restaurants where even the phone line has a waiting list

What’s that annoying buzz? It's the sound of raising prospective diners' hopes of booking a table – and then not letting them do it. Gillian Orr reports on a trend that’ll put you off your dinner

Minister hails excess fish dumping ban

The UK Government today hailed an EU agreement to introduce a blanket ban on dumping dead fish back in the sea.

Masterchef's Gregg Wallace has admitted he would like to try horse meat

'To beef or not to beef? That is the equestrian': Masterchef's Greg Wallace admits he would like to try horsemeat

As the nation examines its freezers to look for lasagnes which potentially contain horsemeat, Masterchef's Gregg Wallace has admitted he would like to try the controversial foodstuff.

Next Models agency has included a chef's division

Modelling: From restaurant to runway

It is one of those threadbare clichés: lunch and modelling doesn’t mix. Well, at the Next Models agency they certainly do; in fact Next Models in New York might now be the place to find the best lunches and dinners in the world.

Swann song is ode to joy as WH Smith's Christmas is boosted by celebrity books

Kate Swann, the outgoing chief executive of WH Smith, hailed "good profit" growth over Christmas at the stationery group, as Jamie Oliver served up a treat with his latest book.

ReviewerCard

ReviewerCard: Your ticket to a cheap and tasty meal out - or a recipe for gob in your soup?

Everyone is a critic these days. But can the threat of a bad review get the consuming public fawning service and a decent discount? John Walsh investigates

I'll have what he's having

It can be said with reasonable certainty that a new guide to restaurants is the first to feature a herring kiosk in Stockholm, a "wet burger" stand in Istanbul and a diner under a bridge in Hong Kong that majors in spicy crab, called Under Bridge Spicy Crab. These lesser-known eateries are among almost 1,000 restaurants, including dozens in Britain, recommended not by critics or reviewers, but a once-closed-off community of foodies who have the strongest claims to be experts.

Simon Kelner: How a culinary backwater became a nation of foodies

Despite the studied impression he gives as one of Britain's grumpiest old men, I know for a fact that the novelist Will Self is an entertaining, generous soul. His erudition and command of the English language are not in doubt: I usually need a dictionary at hand for a conversation with him, and he once seemed to have a one-man campaign to bring the word "plangent" (loud, with a plaintive sound) into common usage.

My life in travel: Tom Aikens

‘Travel is finding good places to eat’

Stuffed: Christmas at Nigella's is a suitably rich affair

IoS TV review: Nigellissima: An Italian-Inspired Christmas, BBC2, Monday
River Cottage: Three Go Mad at Christmas, Channel 4, Sunday
Wartime Farm, BBC2, Tuesday

No one does festive feasting quite like the goddess of cream, alcohol and panettone

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