The evidence The interior designer's workroom

Emily Todhunter is an interior designer whose clients include the smart society set and London restaurants Daphne's and Floriana (about to open in Beauchamp Place)

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Momo

Empires of the kitchen kings

Why settle for Michelin stars when you can have a restaurant empire? Vanessa Thorpe talks to the chefs who think big

Eating out: Never mind the monkfish

THE LEMON TREE 268 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 7NW. Tel: 01865 311936. Open every day from midday to 11pm. Average a la carte price, pounds 25 per person, withou t wine. Major credit cards except American Express and Diners accepted

Cafe Society: WINE AND DINE WITH RAYMOND BLANC

Raymond Blanc's luxurious country house hotel, Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons, plays host to a celebration of wonderful music, fine food and wine for the third annual Festival aux Quat' Saisons, from 1-4 Oct 1997.

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Music: Walton's a white hope once again

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Tempers boiling over at Blanc

For a gourmet, the aroma of a meal cooked by the leading chef Raymond Blanc would be an ecstasy. But for the less gastronomic residents of an Oxford street, constant odours from M Blanc's latest venture are getting right up their noses.

Oxford classics

Raymond Blanc's new brasserie offers food for the educated palate

FOOD & DRINK; TURNING OVER A NEW LEAF

Lollo rosso and radicchio are passe. Chefs are turning instead to jaba, mizuna, tatsai and gold orach. Michael Bateman on a greens revolution

Pembroke: IMC gets stuck in the mud

AS THE world's top bankers swing into town for the International Monetary Conference, the organisers are doing their utmost to ensure delegates are well catered for. As well as arranging special discounts at favoured hotels (Inter-continental, the Four Seasons, Claridge's), several outings have been planned for bankers' spouses.

FOOD / Civilised ways with a barbarian root: Michael Bateman on how haute cuisine chefs are tarting up rhubarb

WHAT a surprise - the new season's rhubarb is in the shops a month early. No one has put up a sign yet saying le nouveau rhubarb est arrive, but rhubarb has never been a fruit (or vegetable?) to inspire tingling anticipation like, say, the season's first native strawberries, or the first shoots of asparagus.

Letter: Restaurant guides for the starry-eyed

Sir: Keith Botsford's confidence in the Michelin Guide (Food and Drink, 20 February) will not be shared by those who recall how its standards were called into question by the award in 1984 of a two- star rating to Raymond Blanc's Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons, at Great Milton, in Oxfordshire, almost two months before it had served a single meal.

Obituary: Dame Janet Vaughan

I FIRST knew Janet Vaughan more than 20 years ago, when I was writing a life of Enid Starkie, writes Joanna Richardson (further to the obituaries by Barbara Harvey, Louise Johnson and Evelyn Irons, 12 January). Janet was her executor, and, over the years, she became a marvellous friend.
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