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Cooking in particular has got ever more competitive

James Lawton: Past greats unfairly knocked over in rush to hype Calzaghe's achievement

McGuigan's picture is at odds with reality. Why? The need to sell every morsel of our sport. If the major victim is truth, who cares?

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Leading article: Dangerous smoke signals

The complaints made to the broadcasting regulator, Ofcom, about Marco Pierre White's ITV series on British food, in which the chef was seen smoking, appear unlikely to get anywhere. While it is true that the Broadcasting Code states that smoking "must not be condoned, encouraged or glamorised in programmes likely to be widely seen or heard by under-18s", the programme in question went out after the 9pm watershed. If under-18s were watching White light up, the fault lies with parents, rather than the broadcaster.

TV chef is accused of glamorising cigarettes

Marco Pierre White has been accused of promoting cigarettes during his recent television series, Marco's Great British Feast, after appearing on screen smoking.

Wagamama signs up to tipping campaign

One of Britain's biggest restaurant chains has joined The Independent 's campaign for fair distribution of tips.

Mark Hix: 'Why I've joined The Independent's campaign for fairer tipping'

After working at the top of the restaurant industry for almost two decades, I know that this business as a whole is not without its scams and tricks. But I must say that even I'm surprised – and disappointed – by some of the practices that The Independent's Fair Tips, Fair Pay campaign has exposed. Some of the tipping policies out there are shocking, especially where the management takes more of the service charges than the staff – that's exactly what restaurants should not be doing.

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He could do with a slice of humble pie

L'Absinthe, 40 Chalcot Road, London NW1

Primrose Hill's L'Absinthe is teaching flexible locals the French bistro method of beating stress

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Darts: Taylor switches on the title power

Marco Pierre White was brought in to cook for the VIPs at last night's final of the Ladbrokes.com PDC World Darts Championship at the Circus Tavern in Purfleet, but there was no need for the master chef to spice up the action on the oche.

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