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The chef: Rachel Humphrey

There's a new face at the helm of the two-Michelin-starred French restaurant Le Gavroche in London's Mayfair – and she's a woman. Rachel Humphrey, 30, formerly senior sous chef at the restaurant, was recently named head chef; the first woman to gain such a position in the restaurant's 42-year history. But she's much too clever – and honest – to be lured into idle speculation on the subject of whether the small number of female chefs in the UK is due to a lack of talent or a shortage of opportunity. "I'm not really sure why Britain's restaurant industry is male-dominated," she says, "but there are certainly more and more opportunities for women chefs these days. As far as I'm concerned, what's most important is to prove yourself in the kitchen, whatever your sex. The kitchen environment can be aggressive, but I learnt that the best way to be respected in the kitchen was to make sure that I never gave the guys any ammunition against me."

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English lose the appetite for a career in waiting

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Who eats where: The Political lunch: Westminster rumours at the old GLC

Britain's new political elite opt for convenience and discretion over style. The Marriot Hotel's Restaurant in the old County Hall fulfills both criteria. It is just five minutes walk across Westminster Bridge from the House of Commons and its well spaced tables, superb views and tranquil atmosphere have made it probably one of the most popular lunching venues for junior ministers Michael Wills, Mike O'Brien and Peter Kilfoyle, senior backbench MPs and government special advisers.

Eating out: In the nick of time

7a College Approach, Greenwich, London SE10, 0181 305 9767. Lunch Tues-Fri noon-2.30pm, Sun noon-3.30pm. Dinner Tues-Sat 7-10.30pm, Sun 7-9.30pm. Three-course dinner about pounds 22.50. Credit cards accepted, except Diners

Letter: No cheap wine

Sir: We read the article "Restaurants make pounds 1,000 a bottle profit" (6 March) with interest, and in particular the table which showed us that we were not charging anywhere near enough for the Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac at pounds 310 per bottle, compared with the Oak Room's price of pounds 340 and pounds 350 at Brown's Hotel . We have therefore marked the price up to pounds 450 to maintain the mark-up that we enjoy with all the other wines shown in your table.

Restaurants make pounds 1,000 a bottle profit for immature wines

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Your usual table? Who eats where: Ivana Trump

THE BEST meals I ever had were when I first arrived in the United States. Everything you could possibly want to eat and drink was available - I loved it! I went mad and ate lobster, steak, fresh vegetables, tons of fruit; everything that had been in short supply at home in Czechoslovakia. Of course, I quickly returned to my old eating patterns.
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