The American invasion of London continues. It seems only yesterday that Keith McNally opened a simulacrum of his New York brasserie Balthazar, to reviews that found the food pedestrian. The Shake Shack burger franchise will soon explode upon Covent Garden, along with the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co in the Trocadero, Piccadilly, while the hip New York hotelier André Balazs will open a new joint with a fancy grill in Marylebone. Soon you won't be able to move in London for luxuriantly-priced USDA steaks, seafood platters and ingenious deployments of quinoa.
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Friday 06 January 2012
Tom Kerridge is the chef/patron of The Hand and Flowers in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, Britain's only two Michelin-starred pub.
Monday 02 January 2012
The Olympic Games have not always been without their troubles for Charles van Commenee. Indeed, the man from Amsterdam chuckles now at the memory of the 1992 Games in Barcelona. He travelled to the Catalan capital as the personal coach to a member of the Dutch team but was thrown out of the athletes' village after a disagreement with the Dutch chef de mission on the first day. He watched the rest of the Games at home on television.
Thursday 29 December 2011
He came to start a food revolution. But Jamie Oliver has been accused by one of America's most influential groups of health professionals of instead contributing to the nation's obesity crisis.
Sunday 18 December 2011
Christmas books of the year
Wednesday 14 December 2011
Detectives investigating the disappearance of Claudia Lawrence in York are pursuing a new lead which could be "significant".
Sunday 11 December 2011
I came to cooking randomly My best friend entered chef school and as I didn't know what to do, I followed him. I'd never cooked in my life until then. But when the teacher asked us to cook a plate of food, rather than thinking about girls, I started thinking, what is food to me, why do I like to eat? It was my first adult thought and I fell in love with cooking.
Friday 09 December 2011
I'd rather hoped that Kevin's Grand Design would turn out to be a personal project, but although he seemed to have heavily invested in it, both monetarily and financially, we aren't yet to find out what the Nit-picker's Nit-picker would actually produce if he self-built a home for himself. Instead, this was to be an exercise in exemplary development: "I want to do everything," he said as he embarked on a project to produce low-cost, socially mixed housing. "I want it to be the best, I want it to be the cheapest, I want it to be the most sustainable, I want it to be the most exciting, the most architecturally inspired, the most contextual, the least mediocre." He also wanted to be the "Heston Blumenthal of housing", which sounded a little ominous. You expect an en suite bathroom, but you actually get a playroom-cum-kitchen, connected to the dining room by a playground slide.
Thursday 01 December 2011
Victims of paper cuts and stubbed toes don't need scientists to tell them about the pain-healing power of swearing, but new research suggests the more you do it, the harder pain becomes to bear.
Sunday 27 November 2011
Can these Young Turks pull off a culinary revolution on the edge of the City?
Friday 18 November 2011
In and Out of the Kitchen, Radio 4, Friday
Book of the Week, Radio 4, Monday-Friday
Archive on 4, Radio 4, Saturday
Sunday 06 November 2011
Comic kitchen diaries stuffed with tasty nuggets
Thursday 01 September 2011
A chef in Russia has confessed to luring a man to his flat so he could kill and eat him and then posting videos of the dishes he made from the corpse on the internet.
Friday 22 July 2011
A talented chef who was worried she was going to lose her job killed herself, despite being assured earlier in the day by the celebrity cook Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall that she was to be kept on.
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