For chefs, tonight is the big night. It's when the 2012 World's 50 Best Restaurant awards are handed out – and since Michelin has been deemed a bit off the pace in recent years, it's the most desired industry acknowledgement.
This week I've been eating...
This week I've been eating...Longhorn rump steak
Little Chef is to close 67 of its 161 outlets in a move expected to lead to between 500 and 600 job cuts.
It’s the quintessential British pan, but even if you’re more Heston services than Heston Blumenthal, a good fryer is a crucial bit of kitchen kit...
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
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.
We should all eat more nutritious algae, say its champions
As the meddlers at the FA ponder methods in which to spice up their flagship competition, the FA Cup, they should perhaps take a trip to Berkshire to take a sounding from Brian McDermott. Yet they will receive a sharp response from the Reading manager: "Leave it well alone."
Will Heston Blumenthal's centuries-old menu give Dinner diners a rare old time?
There's a slim chance that a couple of people reading this may have missed the hoo-ha surrounding the opening of Heston Blumenthal's new restaurant, Dinner, at the beginning of last week. Booking lines were swamped, tables booked up until some time in the next millennium, journalists stole in for sneak previews before the official launch, and overnight reviews were splashed by several newspapers– including this one.
One or two readers have pointed out, politely of course, that our feature yesterday on Heston Blumenthal’s new restaurant was a little rich for their taste.
After a quiet two decades, the godfather of street art, Richard Hambleton, returned to the public scene with a splash last year with a hugely successful exhibition in New York. On Friday, he’s coming to London for his first major UK exhibition, with 38 works, half of which have never been seen before. Twice featured on the cover of Life, he is most famous for his Shadowman series and his “crime scenes” of the 1980s, when he painted “chalk” outlines around volunteer victims, then splashed red paint on the outline. His recent exhibit in Moscow drew the city’s biggest ever art crowd – so expect a packed gallery. To 3 December, The Dairy, 7 Wakefield Street, London WC1
Do you often loathe the foods that others love? Then maybe you're a 'supertaster'
The Monday Interview: The innovative chef's new London restaurant, Dinner, will serve historic British fare. Martin Hickman is given a flavour
The inexplicable blandness of airline food has been pondered at 30,000 feet by generations of travellers. Now an explanation has been offered in the form of research showing that people lose their sense of taste when listening to the sort of "white noise" heard inside an aircraft's cabin.