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

Jersey Royals grow by the island's Gorey Harbour

Food miles: Spring's bounty is all over these isles – and waiting to be eaten

Spring is an exciting time for gourmet travel in Britain. The fields, hills and hedgerows are abundant with delicious seasonal treats including asparagus, wild morel mushrooms and lamb, providing inspiration for restaurant menus, cookery classes and events all over the UK.

Attacker accepts proposal

A man stabbed by his partner tried to propose to her in court after she was jailed for three years for the attack.

Everything but the pips: Arc Café is pioneering the vegetarian version of zero-waste cooking

Samuel Muston discovers why we should think twice before we throw away those peelings.

Blowfish can be lethal if toxins in its organs are released

Deregulating sale of blowfish 'is putting lives at risk'

Fugu's active ingredient is tetrodotoxin, a poision many times more poisonous than cyanide

Flavours to savour: the shrimp burger

'The fifth taste': Chefs are harnessing umami's savoury powers to change the way we eat

We've known about the so-called 'fifth taste' for more than 100 years.

Darina Allen: 'If I was on a desert island, I'd want the nostalgia of champ'

My earliest food memory... My mother baking her own soda bread, which she would do as part of her everyday routine. I remember being just old enough to see up over the table and watching her quick and light hand movements as she worked. She would always give me a little bit of dough to make my own cistín, or "little cake", and I would cut a cross in it as she did, then prick the four corners to let the fairies out. That is very important; otherwise the fairies will jinx your bread.

Travel Agenda: Palazzo Margherita; Cornwall; Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art; Berlin Biennale; Amsterdam

Tomorrow: Check into Francis Ford Coppola's latest hotel, Palazzo Margherita which has just opened in Italy. The film director and hotelier – who has retreats in Belize, Guatemala Argentina and the US – promises "frescos on its ceilings ... and palatial rooms" in his first European hotel (palazzomargherita.com).

Fitzbillies, 51-52 Trumpington Street, Cambridge

I'm walking through Cambridge at twilight, and there's a touch of magic in the misty air. Lights twinkle distantly behind college windows. Students stream past on bicycles, heading back to their digs. Apart from the fact that most of them are talking on mobile phones, we might have slipped back into another century.

Steak is that unusual thing, a food that needs no adornment

On The Menu: Longhorn rump steak; Neige Apple Ice Wine; No No flatbreads; G'nosh dips; Drambuie

This week I've been eating...Longhorn rump steak

The Pass is an extension of the 'Chef's table', in which diners get to watch the backstage action

The Pass, South Lodge Country, House Hotel, Brighton Road, West Sussex

On a brass-monkey night in January, the South Lodge Hotel looks good: grey-beige stone, triangular pediments, lots of ivy and lots of windows through which firelight and lamplight gleam appealingly. The lobby is wide enough to accommodate a Victorian coach-and-four passing through and sparsely furnished with plush sofas. Though the place dates from 1883, it has an ersatz feel to it, a sprayed-on faux-luxury. As a manager comes to greet you, your eye falls on a doorway through which you glimpse a horribly overlit green space – a gym? A swimming pool? – and you try to ignore it. On the way to the bar, you pass a cosy-looking restaurant, all wood panels and floral wallpaper and you think, ah yes, just the job. The bar is a mocked-up gentlemen's club with more panelling and chandeliers made of twisted shards of leather-coloured glass. You greet your friends, floor a dry martini and head for dinner...

Gordon Ramsay is spat out by his Canadian restaurant

Gordon Ramsay's first and only restaurant in Canada has severed its ties with the chef, ditching his name from its title and ripping up its contract after claiming he was not devoting enough time to the venture.

Round-Up: Leeds not professional enough, says Redfearn

Leeds United's caretaker manager, Neil Redfearn, suggested a paucity of professionalism has affected his players this season after the team suffered a 2-1 defeat to Brighton at Elland Road on Saturday.

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