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Little Chef hits the hard shoulder

Little Chef is to close 67 of its 161 outlets in a move expected to lead to between 500 and 600 job cuts.

Little Chef to close 67 outlets

Roadside restaurant chain Little Chef is to close 67 of its 161 sites in a move expected to lead to the loss of between 500 and 600 jobs, it announced today.

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Kate Moss organises pre-wedding meal for families

Kate Moss is organising a pre-wedding meal for her and her fiance Jamie Hince's families.

Heston Blumenthal: An obsessive? Maybe, but only in the kitchen... and the lab... and the gym

The Michelin-starred chef has rejected scientific gastronomy in favour of traditional English fare for his first London restaurant. But his search for the perfect chip could continue in New York. Emily Dugan meets Heston Blumenthal

Seaweed grows on us as chefs add it to menus

We should all eat more nutritious algae, say its champions

Eric Lanlard: ‘People think a cake is like a stew: that you can add this or that’

My earliest food memory... Making fairy cakes or chocolate Rice Krispie cakes when I was about six or seven. My mum was a very good cook, as were most of my family, and I learnt a lot from them at a very early age.

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As I lay there being pummelled by a silent Italian masseuse using micro-algae, white and green clay, essential oils and mother tinctures (mud, to you and me), I thought: "How very different this is to my own dear beauty therapist."

The MasterChef boom – why £400 gadgets are beating the slump

Britain may be in the depths of an economic slump but sales of expensive kitchen kit are rising like a well-made loaf. Demand for professional small appliances at John Lewis has soared a sizzling 233 per cent.

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