Category Archives: Great British Chefs

Support The Sick Children’s Trust by throwing a Big Chocolate Tea Party (Great British Chefs)

When he’s not busy making some of Britain’s best chocolate, Master Chocolatier Paul A Young volunteers his time as Vice President of The Sick Children’s Trust. The trust provides free, high quality accommodation, as well as emotional and practical support, … Continue reading

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Delicious East End Traditions on Fish Island (Great British Chefs)

In the run up to Burns Night, Chris takes a tour of one of the country’s oldest producers of smoked salmon. Who’d have guessed it was a stone’s throw from the Olympic Park in London’s East End. Continue reading

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Theo Randall’s Pasta and Wine Menu (Great British Chefs)

Theo Randall at the Intercontinental is THE place to head to for an upscale dinner focused on basic quality ingredients with a no-fuss approach to bringing out the best in Italian cuisine. Continue reading

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Valrhona 12 Buches de Noel (Great British Chefs)

Talk about a baker’s dozen! This Christmas for the first time ever luxury chocolate maker Valrhona has teamed up with 12 of London’s best pastry chefs to launch a dozen limited edition Buches de Noel – each made with Valrhona chocolate and with individuality, imagination and skill applied by the chefs. Continue reading

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Botin: Oldest Restaurant in the World (Great British Chefs)

Founded in 1725, the age-old tavern sits on the tiny and winding Calle Cuchilleros amid a wealth of bars just a short stroll from the city’s Plaza Mayor. In its almost 290 years of existence, Botin’s offering has changed very little. The wood fired oven that roasted meats for weary travellers nearly three centuries ago are the same ones fired up to delight the throngs of tourists whose numbers suggest the restaurant may well be around and doing a booming trade for at least a few more hundred years. Continue reading

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Far North Foodie Adventure in the Faroe Islands (Great British Chefs)

Chris takes us on a journey through the very scenic and serene Faroe Islands, a tiny island nation that’s also one of most fascinating places for food he has been to! Continue reading

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Hey Häagen-Dazs, Gimme Five! #realornothing

Häagen-Dazs is my go-to ice cream. Honestly, much of the reasoning behind my preference is that I know the shops nearest my flat are going to have it in their freezers. Still, given the choice, I tend to buy Häagen-Dazs as I reckon it’s usually the yummiest option (no matter where in London I’m shopping). So, I enjoy it for its flavour – and its nice creamy texture – but the cool thing about Häagen-Dazs products is that their made without any yucky stuff. Continue reading

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Discover The Douro (Great British Chefs)

Chris Osburn takes us on his journey of discovery in the Portuguese regions of Porto and the Douro Valley. The trip has clearly changed his views on Port as well as all wines from those areas he visited. Continue reading

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Adam Gray Nursery School Cookery Demo (Great British Chefs)

Skylon Executive Head Chef, Adam Gray, is a family man with a four year old son in nursery. Keen to pass on his passion for food to a younger generation, Adam recently dropped by his son’s south west London nursery, … Continue reading

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Paul A Young Introduces the World’s First Whole Bean Chocolate (Great British Chefs)

Usually when a noteworthy development in the world of chocolate (or any product for that matter) comes along, the big story is all about how some sort of new step has been added to the process, not about how one … Continue reading

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Spaghetti Bolowhatta? The Real Bolognese Revealed (Great British Chefs)

Let’s get to the meat of the matter. There’s no such thing as spaghetti Bolognese. Or, at least, there isn’t in the actual city of Bologna. You would do well to seek Bolognese inspiration for its rich tradition in pasta making. It’s a deliciously saucy city too and one which rightly lays claim as the original home of a large variety of food products – just not spag bol. Bologna and the region of Emilia-Romagna have as prominent a cuisine and as celebrated a food culture as anywhere in the world. Even among Italians from other parts of the country, the gastronomic sensibilities of the Bolognese are held in the highest esteem. Continue reading

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An Interview with Chef Albert Roux (Great British Chefs)

… the affable 78 year old seems as pleased or perhaps even more so to talk about the recent successes of his son as he is his own achievements. My interview with Albert felt more like a friendly conversation as he shared memories from the early days of his career along with advice for up-and-comers in the restaurant industry today. Continue reading

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A Visit to Jude’s Ice Cream Dairy (Great British Chefs)

Yes, there is a Jude (Judith actually) behind the scenes of this Hampshire-based premium ice cream maker. But the story of her eponymous treats is really about her husband, Theo. Finding himself suddenly and unexpectedly on the other side of a career in banking, Theo had time on his hands along with a bit of capital and a garage in which to tinker. He also had the acumen to realise a huge gap in the British ice cream market and the pluck to go about filling it. Continue reading

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Eating Bugs and Pests at the Rentokil Pestaurant (Great British Chefs)

Everybody seems to be hosting a pop-up restaurant thing these days. Even pest control experts, Rentokil, are in on the act now with a free one-day pop-up featuring a range of creepy crawly dishes. Continue reading

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Samphire Picking in the River Dart Estuary (Great British Chefs)

It’s low down dirty work gathering samphire. But that doesn’t mean it’s bad, just that you’ve got to get in the mud and squat, stoop, bend or crawl to pluck the tasty little stems from the earth. A trusty pair of Wellies are obligatory and, as I recently discovered, wearing kneepads would be a smart idea as well. Up until last week, picking samphire meant pointing to a container inside a deli counter and saying something along the lines of “May I please have 100 grams, please?”. Now, after accepting an invitation to Devon by Riverford Organic Farms to harvest wild samphire in the River Dart Estuary, I have a new appreciation for what goes into bringing this crisp and salty coastal treat to my London plate. Continue reading

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Red, White or RAW? (Great British Chefs)

Whether you’re looking to quaff some environmentally friendly vino, keen to sample something dramatically different than that same old pinot grigio or you’re simply curious about what might just be the next big thing in viticulture and in the cellars of the world’s top chefs, this year’s RAW takes place at London’s Old Truman Brewery in London on the 19th and 20th of May. Continue reading

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Google Hangout with Chef Marcello Tully and Great British Chefs

I had a lot of fun last Saturday “hanging out” with Chef Marcello Tully of the Kinloch Lodge on the Isle of Skye. The Great British Chefs Google Hangout in association with Tesco Real Food offered an up close and … Continue reading

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Great British Chefs – Cooking with Kids – Infographic

Great British Chefs recently launched a Cooking with Kids collection featuring more than 100 recipes from 21 of the UK’s greatest chefs, including Marcus Wareing, Nathan Outlaw, Lisa Allen and Frances Atkins. Every recipe has tips for how to get children … Continue reading

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Butchery Classes at the Ginger Pig (Great British Chefs)

With two decades in the business and five butcher shops throughout London selling rare breed meat reared across more than 3,000 acres of the North York Moors, The Ginger Pig is one of the best known and most highly respected bands of butchers in all of Britain. Offering classes that allow the public behind the counter and the chopping block demonstrates confidence and a refreshing nothing-to-hide approach to promoting the quality of their products. Continue reading

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Kid’s Cook at the Intercontinental’s Cookbook Cafe (Great British Chefs)

Cookbook Cafe at the Intercontinental London Park Lane Hotel has launched a new Seedling Series Kids Cook programme to get kids cooking while learning about where their food comes from and all the steps it goes through before reaching the table. Continue reading

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Fish and Chip Showdown: Nathan Outlaw Versus Josh Eggleton

Did you know this week is National Chip week? I’m not really sure what makes the 18th through the 24th of February so darned chipper, but I have no qualms setting aside a few days out of the year to celebrate Britain’s most satisfying side. Continue reading

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Bo London by Alvin Leung (Great British Chefs)

Yes of course, sex sells. We all know that. But what about the after effects of a completed romp? Surely, all that leftover stuff is best left unmentioned … and certainly not exalted as the inspiration of haute cuisine in some fancy schmancy Mayfair restaurant? Continue reading

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Deeney’s “Macbeth” Haggis Sandwich (Great British Chefs)

I love haggis. It’s one of the most savoury dishes I can think of and a true winter warmer. The blend of hearty oats, black pepper and, well, all those other ingredients that make haggis so infamously reviled among the squeamish add up to a flavoursome experience that’s unparalleled. And I’m not just hitting you over the head with a hyperbole stick either. Haggis really is one of my favourite foods. So when I heard about a haggis toastie (and that the Evening Standard had claimed it to be London’s best new sandwich) being sold just down the street from where I live, I was clicking my heals to the tune of Auld Lang Syne keen for a glimpse of this glorious sight warm-reekin! Continue reading

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A Couple of Foodie Movie Previews: Jiro Dreams of Sushi + Forks Over Knives (Great British Chefs)

Over the holidays, I previewed a couple of foodie flicks that are due to be released soon in the UK: Jiro Dreams of Sushi and Forks Over Knives. Upon first glance, the two movies might not seem to have a … Continue reading

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Pierre Hermé’s Masterful Macarons (Great British Chefs)

… it’s not just me raving about Hermé’s confections. The Guardian considers him the ‘king of modern pâtisserie’ while the New York Times ups his status to ‘kitchen emperor’ and Vogue reckons he’s the ‘Picasso of pastry’. Hyperbolic to be sure, but I … Continue reading

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Shetland Night in London (Great British Chefs)

Shetland Night in London was the brainchild of Shetland native, Helen Nisbet. As so many of us Londoners can relate, Helen loves her life in London but misses the charms of life ‘back home’. The day after the dinner, I … Continue reading

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The Pride(s) of Parma (Great British Chefs)

As it turned out, the itinerary – as you’ve probably already gathered – was one part ham and one part cheese. Certainly, I dined like a king while there but also managed to learn a bit about area and what … Continue reading

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Christmas Feast Ideas?

As I mentioned on the blog yesterday morning, despite the fact that I’ve lived in London for about a decade, 2012 will be the first year that I’ll actually be here on Christmas day. I’m gonna do it up with … Continue reading

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Foodie Fun in Japan (Great British Chefs)

During my visit, I hit bright and buzzy Tokyo, the mountain resort town of Hakone and the ancient capital city of Kyoto. Everything I tasted along the way was gorgeous. Indeed, I got the impression that it’s actually pretty difficult … Continue reading

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Recipe: Adam Gray’s Hot Turkey and Caramelised Onion Tart with Melting Stilton

Leftovers. I’ve got ‘em – and that’s awesome! I honestly think I might love nibbling on all my remaining T Day turkey meat as much as I did sitting down to the proper and fresh Thanksgiving roast. Still, coming up … Continue reading

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Talking Turkey 2012

Big turkey, little oven. That’s how my saturday din-din rolled out. In the end though, my dinner guests had no beef with the bird I served. Phew! As mentioned a couple of days ago, my 2012 Thanksgiving dinner came a … Continue reading

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Recipe: Adam Gray’s Parsnip and Apple Soup

Feel that bit of chill in the air this evening? That means it’s a good night for soup, and chef Adam Gray’s parsnip and apple soup is as warming and satisfying as any seasonal slurp could be. I’ve just had a … Continue reading

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Chocolate Unwrapped 2012: the Tastiest Bits (Great British Chefs)

… I’m sure you’re far more interested in reading about what chocolate finds you can eat rather than have me continue pontificating about how much fun I was having. So, here’s a list of the highlights of Chocolate Unwrapped as per my taste … Continue reading

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Nothing Like Chocolate: A Fine Film for a Good Cause (Great British Chefs)

Narrated by Susan Sarandon, the movie centres around the work of “anarchist chocolatier” Mott Green and the Grenada Chocolate Company he co-founded in 1999. Offering an ethical and sustainable alternative to big biz chocolate, the Grenada Chocolate Company cuts out … Continue reading

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Amazing Autumn Recipe: Paul Heathcote’s Mushroom Risotto with Parmesan and Truffle Oil

Without ever having visited his restaurants or sampled any food actually prepared by him, I think I’ve started to become a serious fan of Paul Heathcote. Back when this year’s so called summer was in full swing, I followed his … Continue reading

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