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From rainbow chard with yuzu to school meals

Posted on: August 15, 2015

nopi

On The Guardian’s Word of Mouth blog, former Nopi chef Nicole Pisani talks about the challenges and rewards of her decision to become a school chef:

 

“The more we talk about where food comes from in the classroom, the more interested the children become in trying things for themselves – although I might have gone too far when I did a tour of the classes with two lobsters”

 

Read the entire article here.

 

[Guardian]

Where top chefs eat out in London

Posted on: October 12, 2014

Koya

Bloomberg’s chief food critic Richard Vines recently updated his survey to find out where leading UK chefs eat on a night out in London. Japanese noodle specialist Koya, Shoreditch destination Clove Club, Indian newcomer Gymkhana and newly Michelin starred Barrafina all got multiple votes, along with Notting Hill’s The Ledbury.

Check out the full list here.

[Bloomberg]

 

Interview with Bunmi Okolosi, General Manager at Lockhart

Posted on: January 28, 2014

GM Lockhart Bunmi

A FOODVERDICTS EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

Olubunmi “Bunmi” Okolosi is General Manager at Marylebone restaurant The Lockhart. Serving American cuisine, it was founded by two Texan couples. Bunmi’s previous manager positions included Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and most recently, Peruvian restaurant Lima. FoodVerdicts caught up with Bunmi in Lockhart’s bar to talk about his front of house career, the American comfort food trend, his latest venture, and red undies.

Bunmi, tell us about your career in hospitality. You started out as a chef, but soon switched to a front-of-house

Young & Foodish on the Meyer Touch

Posted on: July 12, 2013

Shake Shack

BurgerMonday event impresario and food writer, Daniel Young (Young & Foodish) knows New York’s food scene like few people else here in London. A former restaurant critic in the city, he has closely observed Danny Meyer’s ascent over the years. It’s only fitting then that Daniel helped organise a launch event for the recent Shake Shack opening.

In a very detailed article on his blog, Daniel describes the “Meyer Touch” and helps us understand why Meyer’s restaurants have consistently been voted Manhattan’s favourite restaurants.

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The Tyranny of the Entrée

Posted on: June 8, 2013

Wylie Dufresne on Alder and the New Phase of wd-50

In a detailed and frank interview with Eater NY, chef patron Wylie Dufresne talks about menu changes at WD-50 (where he abolished A La Carte options due to said “tyranny”) and opening his second restaurant, Alder.

Masterchef winner opens restaurant in Selfridges

Posted on: April 1, 2013

Masterchef winner restaurant at Selfridges

Keri Moss, joint winner of last year’s Masterchef: The Professionals on the BBC is now in charge of The Corner restaurant on the second floor of Selfridges on Oxford Street. The 53-cover restaurant and champagne bar will feature seasonal British ingredients on a frequently changing menu.

Chatting to the Evening Standard’s Miranda Bryant, Keri mentions some of her signature dishes, which Masterchef fans might recognise:  ”mackerel tartare with crisp poached quails eggs, apple and pancetta wafers, as well as goats’ cheese parfait served with blackberry purée,

Cornwall upon Thames – interview with the Northbank team

Posted on: March 17, 2013

Northbank restaurant - Cornish cuisine

A FOODVERDICTS EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

Northbank is a newcomer to FoodVerdicts, but not to the London restaurant scene. At the foot of the Millennium Bridge, the riverside restaurant serves dishes from owner Christian Butler’s native Cornwall. FoodVerdicts sat down with Christian, new head chef Jason Marchant, and friendly bulldog Veronica to find out more about Cornish cuisine and the team’s experience with food critics, tourists and city boys.

Cornish cuisine makes us think of crab and fish (and pasties) – what else does Cornwall have to offer?

Christian: Cornwall has a lot

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Hedone profile – "From amateur to professional"

Posted on: March 12, 2013

MikaelJonsson

On his blog ‘Gastroville’, Hedone chef patron Mikael Jonsson gives a fascinating glimpse into how he experienced the first 18 months of his Chiswick restaurant, Hedone. He writes refreshingly frank and insightful about his experiences of restaurant critics, most of which he didn’t recognise when they visited his restaurant.

Hedone enjoyed a stunning reception, as Jonsson recalls: “After only a couple of weeks we got 4 stars from Fay Maschler and 5 stars from Time Out. Then great reviews in FT, Guardian, Metro and later in New York Times. I was stunned by the influence

Gordon Ramsay 'still answers to the rules of the jungle'

Posted on: March 10, 2013

Gordon Ramsay David Beckham Union Street Cafe

Men’s Journal has published a fair few thousand words on Gordon Ramsay. Depending on your view of the opinionated chef, you may or may not enjoy statements such as this:

“I can still look at a box of raw ingredients and put together the best fucking dish you’ll ever eat. That’s why I laugh when they say, ‘Let’s see if he’s a real chef. Let’s get him up against Bobby Flay on ‘Iron Chef.” I’m like, ‘Fucking do me a favor…come on. I’ve forgotten more than he’s known!’”

In any case, Gordon

Vivek Singh on Cinnamon Soho, Balls and Food Critics

Posted on: February 28, 2013

CinnamonVivekSingh

A FOODVERDICTS EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

Vivek Singh is the man behind the contemporary Indian restaurants Cinnamon Club (which he opened in 2001), Cinnamon Kitchen in the City and last year’s opening Cinnamon Soho. He is also a regular on TV shows such as Masterchef or Saturday Kitchen. FoodVerdicts caught up with Vivek and talked to him about his view on restaurant reviews, his favourite London restaurants and more.

Over the last two years the “Cinnamon” family has grown from one to three members – are there further restaurants in the pipeline?

We are certainly open to

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