Posts Tagged “celebrity chefs”

ChariTable Bookings Signature Dish

ChariTable Bookings Signature Dish

A recipe book with 365 dishes – one for each day of the year – from chefs who are familiar and respected This is a book the size of several bricks. That’s not surprising as it introduces 365 leading British chefs’ main course recipes. Each recipe is presented with beautiful pictures on quality paper, and…

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Risotto! Risotto!

Risotto! Risotto!

The paper representation of a life in risotto Many a cookbook reviewer will start their article with statements of impartiality, even-handedness and cool, professional aloofness. Not me. On this occasion, at least. I am pinning my culinary colours to Valentina Harris’s gastronomic mast with a degree of unashamed pride. This lady has been a supporter…

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Cyrus and Pervin Todiwala unveil New Year plans for Adventure Gourmet at Café Spice Namaste

Cyrus and Pervin Todiwala unveil New Year plans for Adventure Gourmet at Café Spice Namaste

Monthly half-day Adventure Gourmet sessions are followed by a 2-course lunch Cyrus and Pervin Todiwala and their landmark restaurant Café Spice Namaste are preparing to once again play host to a series of chef demonstrations and master classes featuring some of the UK’s most high profile and respected chefs when they reboot Adventure Gourmet in…

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Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill, Windsor

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill, Windsor

Marco Pierre White has long been considered the wild child of the culinary scene, although he actually seems like a rather charming character in interview these days. For those who don’t hail from these shores, Marco is a celebrated British chef, restaurateur, and television personality, and was perhaps the first British celebrity chef; he was,…

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The Talbot for fine dining

The Talbot for fine dining

The Talbot has history. It’s typical of coaching inns all over the country and this one, in particular, has a story – well, probably many. It is said to have provided the venue for assignations between Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton in 1798. There is a brass plate bearing Nelson’s name on one of the…

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Cinnamon Collection Masterclasses

Cinnamon Collection Masterclasses

Cinnamon Club Curry and wine pairing It seems a bit early for pondering Christmas presents but, trust me, it’s not. If you have a passionate food lover in your near vicinity you might want to ditch the summer holiday brochures for half an hour and consider a masterclass. There is a compelling reason why your…

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Afternoon Tea at Home

Afternoon Tea at Home

Deliciously indulgent recipes for sandwiches, savouries, scones, cakes and other fancies I was expecting a great book from this well-respected chef, Will Torrent. I wasn’t expecting the volume to have that overwhelming feel-good factor. That comes from a reminder of traditional sweet treats in the recipes, bringing comforting memories. And contemporary innovations bringing the realisation…

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Jim De Jong – Say it with flowers …and cheese

Jim De Jong – Say it with flowers …and cheese

Rotterdam is fast becoming known for food. It’s the Netherlands and it might be a bit of a cliché, but, yes there is cheese. Chef Jim De Jong was challenged to make a menu composed of Holland’s most iconic staple, and his creations were stunning. Jim has his culinary focus on seasonality, freshness, and vegetables,…

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The Best of Jane Grigson – The Enjoyment of Food

The Best of Jane Grigson – The Enjoyment of Food

Grub Street publishes cookbooks and all manner of food-related tomes but they have also taken on the mantle of preservers of our own culinary heritage and characters. The Best of Jane Grigson – The Enjoyment of Food is one of their latest classics. A few decades ago we English had a deservedly poor reputation for…

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Wine & Spice Series 2015 at Cinnamon Club

Wine & Spice Series 2015 at Cinnamon Club

It’s without doubt one of the best Indian restaurants in London. It’s housed in a historic grade II listed building near Westminster Abbey. It was once a library and evidently a striking one. Many original features have been retained, giving this unique restaurant a calming and timeless ambiance. Now Cinnamon Club is hosting wine evenings….

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Chocolate at Home

Chocolate at Home

Step-by-step recipes to help you master the art of chocolate I am biased, it’s true. This book was destined to have a good review on two counts. Firstly I adore the author, Will Torrent; and chocolate comes a close second to Will. Will Torrent has worked with the best – with such culinary worthies as…

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François Geurds – unassuming genius

François Geurds – unassuming genius

I have met François Geurds on a few occasions now. A couple of times at his eponymous FG Restaurant and also at the newer Food Lab. For once, the Michelin judges have awarded their coveted stars with logic and insight. But it wasn’t just the food that impressed me, it was also the man. I…

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Cinnamon Club – Game High Chai

Cinnamon Club – Game High Chai

I am spoilt. It’s true, I have marvellous invitations to eat, sample, savour the most delightful foods across the globe. Spicy dishes from Asia, decadent plates from Europe, comfort food in the USA.  Yes, the best of everything has been generously offered and greatly appreciated. But then there is culinary tradition – and that’s another…

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Art on the Plate – Styling Traditional Food from the Punjab

Art on the Plate – Styling Traditional Food from the Punjab

I am, at first sight, overwhelmingly English. Yes, well, no, not quite. I have a family connection to India which is distant yet strong. That little bit of sub-continental exotica manifests itself in the guise of a passion for Indian food and that of the Punjab. One might assume that I have spent endless time…

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Chef Yoshinori Ishii of UMU of Mayfair

Chef Yoshinori Ishii of UMU of Mayfair

One searches for a striking restaurant, and once found, one feels quietly impressed. Perhaps it’s a collection of elements that combine to offer comfort without showy embellishment, and gastronomic excellence with disarming simplicity. Chef Yoshinori Ishii presides over just such a rare establishment, and that is UMU of Mayfair (see review here). All chefs, one…

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The Food and Cooking of Venice and the North-East of Italy

The Food and Cooking of Venice and the North-East of Italy

Valentina Harris, author of The Food and Cooking of Venice and the North-East of Italy,  has long been the UK’s Italian culinary authority of choice. She has oft graced our TV screens in her own popular series as well as guesting on many food programmes. You might have had a glimpse of her working with the…

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Great Homemade Soups

Great Homemade Soups

A Cook’s Collection Chef Paul Gayler is one of the food industry’s gems. He is a well respected man with years of worthy career behind him. He is executive chef at London’s celebrated Lanesborough Hotel and has a shelf of cookbooks to his credit. This Great Homemade Soups – A Cook’s Collection is the latest…

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Smashing Plates

Smashing Plates

Greek flavours redefined The title alone would encourage a bookshelf browser to reach for this volume. A humorous play on words conjuring visions of exuberant Greek revellers ruining a restaurant’s crockery budget, or of polite Brits commenting on some jolly good food.  Smashing Plates – Greek flavours redefined does touch on both the passion of…

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Luke Nguyen in London

Luke Nguyen in London

He is, for many of us, the face of Vietnamese food and travel. His easy manner allows him to present informative yet engaging TV programmes showing Vietnam, its food and its people in a positive and inclusive fashion. Luke was in London to promote his latest book, The Food of Vietnam (see review here), and…

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Café Spice Namaste: Dinner

Café Spice Namaste: Dinner

Café Spice Namaste is an icon of Indian food. It’s a beacon of culinary hope around the corner from The Tower of London. It’s a haunt of discerning businessmen, stars of film and the small screen, and indeed anyone who enjoys vibrant food and friendly service. Chef Cyrus Todiwala and his partner in life and…

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