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After making his name with Atlantic Bar & Grill in London in the Nineties, Oliver Peyton founded Peyton and Byrne, whose restaurants include those at the National Gallery and Royal Academy

My Life In Food: Oliver Peyton

After making his name with Atlantic Bar & Grill in London in the Nineties, Oliver Peyton founded Peyton and Byrne , whose restaurants include those at the National Gallery and Royal Academy. He regularly appears as a judge on the BBC's Great British Menu.

Lucy Rose - When she jams, the results are definitely worth keeping

Lucy Rose sells preserves and tea at her gigs. But the lauded singer-songwriter is also bottling music, for her debut album, she tells Alexia Loundras

Pizarro says: 'I have a problem, which is that I love alcohol. I really like a glass of sherry'

José Pizarro: 'People ate anything they could get their hands on under Franco'

My earliest food memory...Seeing my mum and grandmother cooking – although growing up as a boy in rural Spain at that time, you weren't supposed to be in the kitchen. If there's one thing that evokes childhood for me, it's partridge. My grandmother would cook it at Christmas, and I still remember the smell of the burning feathers.

Stefan Bruderer was born in sight of the Lindt factory in Switzerland

My Life In Food: Stefan Bruderer, master chocolatier at Lindt

Stefan Bruderer was born in sight of the Lindt factory in Switzerland and subsequently carried out a three- year apprenticeship as a confectioner in Zurich before joining the company as a product developer.

Potts Dawson says: 'Understand the seasons. If you buy seasonal, you're lowering the distance food has to travel, which is good for the planet, you’ll be getting a more nutritional product and you'll be keeping your food costs down.'

Arthur Potts Dawson: 'I love fudge, but my teeth are wrecked because of it'

My earliest food memory... Making vanilla fudge with fresh cream from the cows on my friend's farm. Going over to his was a bit like The Good Life. They had geese as their security and crazy dogs and rams you had to battle at the front door. I still love fudge, but my teeth are wrecked because of it.

Jamie Oliver - The former Naked Chef was already a household name in 2005 when he began his “Feed Me Better” campaign to improve the quality of school meals. Millions watched his crusade to reduce the salt content in meals, while politicians fell over themselves to be associated with the campaign and endorse his proposals. The long term benefits were less clear: demand for school meals fell in some areas after the programme was broadcast as parents instead made
their children packed lunches

New year, a new obesity plan from Westminster

Ainsley Harriott is the latest celebrity chef hired to improve the nation's diet. So does he have the recipe for success? Jeremy Laurance finds out

Kirsty Wark: 'Simon Hopkinson is great, especially the way he demystifies meat'

My earliest food memory...Being given Nutella on brown bread as a treat. But the dish that most reminds me of childhood is Queen of Puddings with fresh, home-made raspberry jam: it was a lovely thing my mum used to make.

Last Night's Viewing: Nigel Slater's Simple Christmas, BBC1<br />Rick Stein's Spanish Christmas, BBC2

Christmas dinner has been vastly over-complicated by the era of the television chef. Should you cook the classic turkey, with bacon rashers laid across its breast, as enshrined by Delia? Should you brine the bird beforehand, like Heston? Or should you try to impress the in-laws by attempting Hugh's humungous 10-bird roast? Nigel Slater and Rick Stein, who last night presented their "Simple" and "Spanish" Christmasses respectively, forwent turkey altogether. On Tuesday, the Hairy Bikers turned in a Christmas menu composed entirely of finger food. Nigella's seasonal series, repeated yesterday on BBC2, featured as its star dish a lamb and date tagine.

If the cap fits: (left to right) Boris Johnson, David Cameron and Sebastian Coe may not have much to toast

The Last Word: Santa orders Elf service cuts in UK

Christmas cheer thin on the ground as Government is made to pay for big fat lies over London 2012

Poor economy a drag on Labour fortunes

Miliband under pressure to rethink his deficit strategy as a new poll shows his party is stuck
Homemade jaffa cakes to a recipe created by Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing
Richard Ehrlich helping Caroline Conran with recipes for her new book

How they really cook the books: Give thanks for the unsung skills of recipe testers

At 11am in a kitchen in London, six dishes are in various stages of preparation and cooking, the air thick with the smells of browning meat and baking pastry. But the food is not for lunch: this is neither a restaurant nor a party in the making. This cooking is being tested for publication in a cookbook on southern France by the renowned cookery writer Caroline Conran. Conran has enlisted two helpers to test her recipes. One is Beth Coventry, chef-patronne of The Wells gastropub in Hampstead. The other is me. Three days a week, we gather in Caroline's kitchen, aiming to perfect six dishes a day from Caroline's drafts. Those splattered, scribbled sheets vie for space on the kitchen table with chopping boards, measuring cups, electronic scales and piles of ingredients.

The Lost Diaries, By Craig Brown

Better spaghetti, passing wind, and Madonna's sex

The 10 best children's cookbooks

It's never too early to learn your way around a kitchen. If you're nurturing a budding Jamie or Nigella, here's where to find the best child-friendly recipes.

Leading article: Not all absent fathers have run away

The Prime Minister made Father's Day headlines with a scathing attack on "runaway dads" who, he said, should be "stigmatised" in the same way as drunk drivers. Such fathers, he said, needed the message "rammed home" to them, that "leaving single mothers ... to fend for themselves simply isn't acceptable". The only trouble with building up such a head of steam about paternal responsibility is that very few people would probably disagree.

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