Chef Raymond Blanc breaks leg in fall

Michelin-starred chef Raymond Blanc been taken to hospital after falling down the stairs at his Oxford home today.

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Raymond Blanc takes endangered fish species off the menu

Growing demand from customers prompts Michelin-starred chef to challenge competitors to follow his lead on sustainable fishing

Bites: Wozza matter you, hey?

As the credit crunch continues, so too does the rising tide of restaurant closures. Anthony Worrall Thompson has been moaning about the deserting diners and foreclosing banks which have forced him to close four restaurants.

All I want for Christmas is a city break

Simone Kane suggests how you can turn the annual search for presents into a overnight stay

Dom Joly: We both hate riff-raff. Yet Highgrove kicked me out

I don't think I could ever run a restaurant. It's not that I haven't thought of it. I even know exactly what it would look like – a mish-mash of old wooden furniture, roaring log fires, cosy red walls and a tip-top wine cellar. I actually think it would be quite a nice place. I'd call it something stupid like The Windy Pillar and I'd write to Raymond Blanc telling him to keep away as I didn't want any of his fancy advice. Never trust a Frenchman who has lived in the UK for more than 30 years but who still speaks like Inspector Clouseau – that's my motto.

Straw blamed for 'racist' backlash

Jack Straw was last night looking increasingly isolated over his disclosure that he would prefer Muslim women not to wear the veil, as Cabinet colleagues publicly distanced themselves from his remarks.

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A quiet exit for the bad boy of British cuisine

THERE WAS no fanfare, no emotional goodbye or even thank you. Marco Pierre White, Britain's most flamboyant and notoriously bad-tempered chef, simply worked his last shift, cooked his last restaurant meal and left by the back door.

Food and Drink: The man who ate everything

Ten years ago Jeremy Round, The Independent's food writer, died tragically young. We launch a competition in his memory, and fellow foodies celebrate his work

Travel: Passport - Raymond Blanc

When the young Frenchman came to Britain in the early Seventies to learn English, the food was so bad he realised that he'd better learn how to cook too

THE 50 BEST PLACES TO EAT OUT IN BRITAIN

Which are the best restaurants for gourmet food in London and around the country? Which are the best places to eat out on a budget? In association with The Good Food Guide, Britain's most respected restaurant guide, The Information unveils the foodies' 50 favourites
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The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
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The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

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Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

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Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

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