Cooking in particular has got ever more competitive

Business celebrities sell their brains for charity

Handbag queen Anya Hindmarch is one of many business celebrities offering up their brains for the Krug Mind Share auction at Sotheby's on 1 November to raise money for charities of their choice.

A Quick Chat With: Marco Pierre White

'If I were a politician I’d reverse the hunting ban'

Trail of the unexpected: Jersey

With its many 'green lanes' and coastal paths, Jersey is ideal for walkers, says Tam Leach

John Lewis spends £6m on biggest-ever ad campaign

John Lewis is to turn the screws on its rivals Marks & Spencer, Debenhams and House of Fraser by launching its biggest ever advertising campaign on Friday. The department store said the £6m advertising campaign over the next six weeks aims to "reposition" its famous "never knowingly undersold" strapline.

Simmer down! Meet the smiley TV chefs

Screaming, ranting, foul-mouthed chefs are about as appetising as mouldy macaroni. So raise your glasses to the entrée of a new culinary age, with sweet-tempered cooks such as Angela Hartnett, Marcus Wareing and Alain Ducasse

All the fun of the fair – in the middle of the ocean

The biggest thrill on a cruise used to be a seat at the captain’s table. Not these days. Kate Simon reports on what’s new in 2010

Marco Pierre White endorses firm behind Turkey Twizzlers

Michelin-starred chef to become 'ambassador' for Bernard Matthews Farms

Pierre White's festive fare is fit for a minister

Department cut back on Christmas parties? Bubbly banned in the Commons? Not to worry, why not head down to Marco Pierre White's place for a little bit of private extravagance?

TV chef Marco Pierre White wins appeal against court ruling

TV chef Marco Pierre White today won his appeal against a High Court ruling which halted his action against the leading divorce lawyers representing his estranged wife.

Restaurant critic Gill delights in killing a baboon

His hunting credentials include pheasant-seeking missions to Wiltshire with Jeremy Clarkson, and trigger-happy deliberations with the chef Marco Pierre White moments before they despatched a deer.

Liz Hoggard: In praise of a true art form – gossip

Between the big questions we need non-sequiturs, and a bit of silliness

Susie Rushton: Vienna's cakes take the biscuit

Urban Notebook

Terence Conran revolutionised eating out in Britain. But does Boundary bring up the half-century in style?

Boundary Restaurant and Bar, 2-4 Boundary Street, London E2, tel: 020 7729 1051

Bites: Sir Terence goes beyond a Boundary

Against the economic odds, restaurant openings were up at the end of last year, which bodes well for a gastronomically fruitful 2009. What's on the cards? Sir Terence Conran has been busy, having set up shop in Shoreditch, where The Boundary, his stylish new enterprise, opens this month featuring a café, restaurant, rooftop cocktail bar and rooms. Meanwhile, the Michelin star-collecting Claudio Pulze is opening Osteria Dell'Angolo in Westminster, serving classic Tuscan cuisine from the Valdarnese Valley under chef (and Valley native) Michele Brogi. In March, music fans may be cursing Masterchef's John Torode, who is turning former east London gig venue The Spitz into game-peddling café-bar The Luxe.

For a cosy pub serving deliciously cooked rabbit, venison and pheasant, head for the heart of west London

The Harwood Arms, 27 Walham Grove, London SW6, tel: 020 7386 1847
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