Every now and then we like to portion out our news into bite-size chunks so you can squeeze in your reading in between the manic round of parties, hangovers and inevitable Christmas work lunches. We’ve got more spice than a Szechuan salt-and-pepper squid hotpot: Read full post
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The burning question of the moment is when is a chef not a chef? Well, since you ask, when he or she’s a cookery teacher, food writer, TV presenter, columnist… we’re asking can a chef these days ever be just an honest-to-goodness chef content to stay in the kitchen?
The Great British Menu is back on BBC2 presenting a variety of chefs showcasing their variable talents on national TV for the honour of cooking a banquet presided over by the Prince of Wales and a bushel of local producers, whatever that means. It led us to thinking about the kitchens across the country once again denuded of their own-grown talent as the chefs vie with each other for the distinction above – and, not least, for a little telly time. If you don’t catch them there, you’re sure to find them on Saturday Kitchen, cooking up a usually chaotic storm, or indeed on Daily Cooks Challenge, Ready Steady Cook, Feed the Desperate Celeb and other daytime hits. Read full post
The big question this week: When is a pub not a pub, but a ‘poncey restaurant’ to quote Paul Castle, the somewhat disgruntled owner of The Goose in Oxfordshire’s Britwell Salome. You may have been following the story: The Goose is one of the few pubs to have been awarded a coveted Michelin star, but less than a month later the chef, Ryan Simpson, walked out Gordon Ramsay-style, taking the entire brigade with him after a heated disagreement between himself and the owner on what customers want – and expect – from a local pub.
Well, it’s a very good question. On the one hand, you have a clearly talented young chef whose efforts in the kitchen have been justifiably rewarded; on the other you have a pub owner-cum-property developer who says takings are down and bums, frankly, are not on seats because the chef doesn’t do burgers. What do we want from our local public hostelry? Read full post