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Sea bass with mussels and prawns

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Rump of salt marsh lamb with samphire patties

Serves 4

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Ingredients to serve 4-6

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Mexican summer slaw

Feeds 4. Time: 20 minutes

Mark's mackerel sandwich

Mackerel sandwich

Serves 4

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Bowled over: Ken Yamada has brought his style of ramen to London; his parents ran a traditional ryokan inn in Japan before the family moved to Britain

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Gnocchi with tomatoes and basil

Serves 4

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Asparagus, shallot and feta tart

Ingredients to serve 8

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