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The Diary bows to no one in its admiration for the "naked chef", right, but is it possible that Jamie Oliver's sense of timing has gone awry? Fresh from a gruelling stint persuading the people of Rotherham to eat more healthily, Oliver's next venture will be in a slightly more glamorous location. He plans a trendy new eatery in Canary Wharf. Shame the once-bustling malls beneath Docklands' finest investment banks are now beginning to resemble the south Yorkshire industrial wastelands with which our favourite chef is now all too familiar.

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Times may be tough, but there’s been no McCrunch under the golden arches. In fact, McDonald's will today announce 4,000 new jobs in the UK as sales here soar. James Thompson says the fast food giant went back to basics just as consumers were crying out for cheap and cheerful comfort food

Online junk-food ads 'targeting children'

Children are continuing to be targeted by junk food companies advertising their products over the internet or through "viral" promotions, despite a ban on television adverts promoting unhealthy food to the under-16s.

JAPANESE FAST FOOD: East meets West at speed

THE JAPANESE are masters at the art of convenience living. This is, after all, a country in which practically every street corner is furnished with a vending machine selling anything from the energising if unfortunately named soft drink, Pocari Sweat, to chilled green tea and hot coffee. And, quite apart from the ubiquitous noodle restaurants, several fast food chains have for years served indigenous eat-and-go meals. Among these, Tenya operates principally in the environs of Tokyo. It offers tendon, an inexpensive version of tempura delivered on a bed of rice and accompanied by bowls of miso soup. Yoshinoya, (pictured above), is a rather larger company with more than 1,000 outlets across Japan and around 250 overseas (in New York, Taiwan, China and more). It does brisk business in gyudon, bowls of rice topped with slightly sweetened beef stew.

Japanese Fast Food

East meets West at speed

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With a casual wink and a cheeky smile, Kentucky Fried Chicken's founder, Colonel Harland Sanders has urged generations to sample his "secret recipe". Little did customers know that live birds were smashed against walls, spat on and tortured before being turned into Popcorn Chicken and Oven Roasted Twisters.

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