Life and Style Mellow yellow: a warming spoonful of polenta

Opening a new restaurant is often a quick way for rich people to lose money. It is a gamble opening your doors to the public, just like playing poker. But as with cards, there are ways to hedge your bets. The cautious restaurateur might tend towards well-worn concepts such as the burger joint, for instance, or the fried-chicken shop.

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My life in food... Arnaud Bignon

'After a long day tasting, I eat yoghurt to freshen my palate'

Myers (right) says: 'I bought one of his Japanese motorcycles. It broke down after two days'

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Roots' famous Reggae Reggae sauce took off after an investment from Dragon's Den entrepreneurs Peter Jones and Richard Farleigh

My Life In Food: Levi Roots

Roots first started selling his Reggae Reggae sauce in 1991 at the Notting Hill Carnival. Sixteen years later, after an investment from Dragon's Den entrepreneurs Peter Jones and Richard Farleigh, it hit the shelves in Sainsbury's. Since then, Roots has written six cookbooks, including his latest, Sweet (Conran Octopus £18.99). His proudest moment remains, however, singing happy birthday to Nelson Mandela when he visited Britain in 1996.

Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who runs a restaurant empire from Puerto Rico to Hong Kong to London: 'In Bali, my favourite restaurant serves only duck, which you eat with your hands'

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'In bali, my favourite restaurant serves only duck, which you eat with your hands'

John Burton-Race, head of The Restaurant Experience: 'Grilled lobster with butter and garlic, eaten on the beach, would be my ideal meal'

My Life in Food: John Burton-Race

'Grilled lobster with butter and garlic, eaten on the beach, would be my ideal meal'

Hawksmoor: The food is American and trashy… and absolutely delicious

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This week I've been eating... Short ribs

Mary Berry has written more than 70 recipe books

Mary Berry bakes her way on to the list

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Maria Elia, author of Full of Flavour and The Modern Vegetarian: 'When I was a child, I was fascinated by the sheer energy of a kitchen'

My Life in Food: Maria Elia

Elia's career has included stints as head chef of, variously, Delfina, The Whitechapel Dining Room and latterly Joe's in Knightsbridge. She is a familiar face on TV in Market Kitchen and is author of two cookbooks, Full of Flavour, winner of the Female Chef Gourmand Award and The Modern Vegetarian, which has just been re-released by Kyle Books.

McInerney says: 'My favourite cocktail is a Negroni because it doesn't destroy your palate before starting on the wine, unlike, say, a Martini'

Jay McInerney: 'Add anchovies to almost anything and it will taste better'

My earliest food memory... Eating fried clams at the house we used to rent in the summer at Cape Cod; I was maybe five years old. I didn't come from a food-oriented family at all: my mother was a perfectly decent cook, but in the way of most American suburban women at the time, which involved using lots of frozen and canned ingredients and taking full advantage of the revolution in food technology. The dish that's probably most evocative of my childhood, though not necessarily in a good way, is corned beef and boiled cabbage, which we would have on Sunday nights.

Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson

Anthony Bourdain & Nigella Lawson: A delicious duo or an over-ripe pair?

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Wolfgang Puck, the caterer for the Oscars: 'I now prefer London to Paris - it has such a good food scene'

My Life In Food: Wolfgang Puck

One of the most influential chefs in the world, Puck has more than 20 fine-dining restaurants dotted around the world, one of which, Spago in Beverly Hills, has two Michelin stars. For the past 18 years, he has been the caterer for the Oscars.

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Whether you're after a recipe for a spectacular salad or a brilliant barbecue, these have tasty ideas

Giuseppe Mascoli: 'Don't just copy recipes, steal them so they become yours'

My earliest food memory...Nipples, obviously, which is my last memory as well! Seriously, though, mozzarella: as a toddler, I got told off for putting it in crazy places, like down other kids' nappies.

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