Category Archives: Great British Chefs

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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Chocolate Week 2012 Preview (Great British Chefs)

Okay folks, I’ll keep this short, sweet and at least 70% cacao. It’s that time again. Chocolate Week … Read my complete post at the Great British Chefs blog.

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Recipe: Pascal Aussignac’s Crushed Potato with Green Olives 

Another super easy recipe with just a few basic ingredients a la the Great British Chefs’ collection of vegetarian recipes – this one by Pascal Aussignac. And therein that simple phrase lies a bunch of brilliant reasons for me to give … Continue reading

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Perfect Summer Recipe: Paul Heathcote’s Couscous

Wow. Believe it or not both Kemey and I were free last night. Nowhere to go, nothing to do, no one to catch up with. Boring? Not at all! It was a refreshing break in our otherwise especially hectic (if … Continue reading

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Aperitivi a la Theo Randall? It’s an Imperative! (Great British Chefs)

Don’t let his Brit surname put you off. Chef Theo Randall knows his taglierini from his tagliatelle. And judging from a new line up of cocktails launched at his eponymous fine dining Italian restaurant located within the luxuriant Intercontinental, this former head chef of the ever lauded River Cafe shows … Continue reading

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@GBChefs Summertime App: 21 Chefs, 105 Recipes, One Good Cause

Great British Chefs’ new Summertime app for iPhone and iPad, developed in association with Ocado, offers 105 recipes from 21 chefs for summery occasions and events. The app includes recipes ranging from classics with a twist such as coronation chicken … Continue reading

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Twenty Nights of Global Feasting at Stratford (Great British Chefs)

Only a couple of minutes walk from Stratford Station, Westfield and the Olympic Park is Stratford’s Old Town Hall. But the building could be a world away if you didn’t know any better. And for a glimpse of pre-Olympic grandeur … Continue reading

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Judging the International Chocolate Awards (Great British Chefs)

Believe it or not, such a wonderful way to spend a day was just this side of gruelling. The judging procedure was incredibly rigorous, and we judges weren’t let in on who had made the chocolates we were trying. Yes, it was an … Continue reading

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Keeping Tidy with Rachel Khoo (Great British Chefs)

In closing, I asked Rachel if she had any cookery tips to share with the Great British Chefs community. Only a “boring” one she said … Keeping Tidy with Rachel Khoo Great British Chefs, 18 June 2012

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Fine Dining Fun at Christoffer Hruskova’s North Road (Great British Chef)

Clean. That’s the word, the concept, the feeling that kept coming to mind during my epically epicurean journey along North Road ’s seven course tasting menu. The other recurring thought I had while dining my way through this seven course scenic feast … Continue reading

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