Environment A baby northern gannet stands next to one of its parents

The first “world championship” for eating pickled baby gannets, known as “guga”, has sparked new calls for a total ban on the Hebridean tradition of hunting chicks by clubbing  them with sticks.

Journalist hits back at 'arrogant narcissist' Gordon Ramsay

They've never been friends. He's an "arrogant narcissist" and a bully. And no, she's not gay.

Australian PM lays into 'lowlife' Ramsay

The Australian Prime Minister described Gordon Ramsay as a "new form of lowlife" today in the wake of comments the celebrity chef allegedly made about a television presenter down under.

Battle of the chefs as Ramsay opens new Pétrus

Latest restaurant is only a short walk from original – owned by bitter rival

The Independent Film Forum: 16 - Drag Me To Hell

Our Film Forum is your chance to pass judgement on a recent release. Here's a selection of your views on director Sam Raimi's latest horror movie

The F word...is food, at least to the Michelin inspectors. But is Gordon Ramsay still a name you can swear by?

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Pandora: Ramsay begs Mills PR to end the nightmares

Ever since November, when a red-top newspaper accused Gordon Ramsay of liaising with so-called "professional mistress" Sarah Symonds – a one-time favourite of Jeffrey Archer – the chef has been faced with a veritable parade of negative headlines.

Ramsay defends 'meals on wheels'

Chef under fire after revelation that gastro-pub food is prepared off-site

Indian woman blazes through chili-eating feat

The "ghost chili," the world's spiciest chili, seems to suit her palate.

White's American TV debut gets the chop

Prime-time reality show pulled by NBC after scathing reviews and 'embarrassing' ratings

Chris Maume: Healey brings light to the Barbarians

The Big Tackle: ITV1, Wednesday

Sbragia vents frustrations as Sunderland blow advantage

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Double helping of chefs in trouble

Blumenthal losing £10,000 a day as Fat Duck investigation goes on

By Martin Hickman

Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck restaurant could be closed for weeks while scientists try to trace the source of an outbreak which has struck down diners.

Janet Street-Porter: A good tantrum can be better than diplomacy

Losing your temper in a blind tantrum, Victor Meldrew-style, has long been held up as a bad idea. I've lost count of the number of employment experts and business consultants who have claimed that, once you start shouting, you've lost the argument and revealed far too much about your own weaknesses to your enemies in the process.

Stay the night: The London West, Hollywood

LA is currently a little bit in love with Britain – or at least with some of our glossier exports – and tonight, Oscar night, this is where you’ll find many of our A-listers in attendance.

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