A Taste for the Exotic – food to surprise, food to innovate

If you were offered gold painted chapulines as your appetizer, would you eat them? That would be grasshopper to you and I, and it’s a signature dish at the authentic modern Mexican super-restaurant Ella Canta on Park Lane, W1. Globetrotting chefs and customers are increasingly pushing boundaries, using exotic ingredients and unusual combinations to make…

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The Changing Taste of Indian Cuisine – National Curry Week

In 1998, when Indian restaurants were inexplicably linked with thick generic saucy dishes where you just added your meat choice, National Curry Week was launched to drive better awareness and appreciation of the cuisine that most saw as a lowly culinary food.  Twenty years on and that image has been completely scrambled. Next week National Curry…

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The Full List of Michelin Restaurants for Great Britain & Ireland 2019

The Michelin Guide held its bi-annual award ceremony on Monday 01st October 2018 to announce the very latest restaurants to attain a coveted one, two and three Michelin star status for its 2019 guide. In total in the Michelin Guide for Great Britain & Ireland 2019 there are now 180 Michelin restaurants in the UK…

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AA Awards – The Latest Top UK Restaurants Announced

The best hotels, restaurants and pubs across the UK were announced last night at the AA Hospitality Awards in a glittering ceremony at Grosvenor House in London. To mark the twenty-first anniversary, this year’s awards were presented by Claudia Winkleman and honoured the best establishments in the UK across multiple categories such as Hotel of…

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Burnt Goat’s Curd Cheese with Apple Purée and Salted Caramel by Jean-Didier Gouges

A vegetarian recipe from recently-appointed Head Chef Jean-Didier Gouges at The Petersham in Richmond. This dish is a winning combination of flavours. Skill Level: 3 (1 simple to 5 being complex and challenging) Serves 4 Ingredients: 150g soft matured goat’s cheese, sliced into 12 pieces 3 green apples, cut into spheres with a melon baller…

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Chef’s Recipe : Steamed Turbot with Crushed-Nasturtium Broth – by Ollie Dabbous from HIDE

From the latest venture by Ollie Dabbous – HIDE, one of the biggest and most exciting openings of 2018. Steamed turbot with crushed-nasturtium broth by Ollie Dabbous –  serves 4 Skill Level: 4 (1 simple to 5 being complex and challenging) Ingredients For the turbot 100g salt 100g fresh seaweed such as sea lettuce, or 25g…

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Ultimate Dining Experiences: where to go for one-of-a-kind epicurean adventure

We have often been asked to help with ideas for the ultimate dining experience. Whilst for most of us going to a Michelin-starred restaurant will always be a special occasion, it is not necessarily as unique, or private as some people might want. With a bit of imagination, however, and if you know who to…

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