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Château Angélus lunch at Hélène Darroze at the Connaught, Mayfair

Sweetbread, cauliflower, muscat grapes, vadouvan at Helene Darroze at The Connaught

Menu from a lunch at Hélène Darroze at the Connaught in Mayfair with food from the two Michelin starred restaurant and wines from Château Angélus to match: Bollinger Special Cuvée Brut Sweetbread, cauliflower, muscat grapes, ‘vadouvan’ Carillon d’Angélus 2012 St Emillion Pork, pumpkin, Medjool date, Ras el Hanout Château Angélus 2008 St Emillion Chocolate, mint Château Angélus…

Chocolate making: The bean-to-bar process explained

Cocoa pod shell, Diamond Chocolate Factory

It’s been a while since my chocolate trip to Grenada but I’ve only recently trawled through all the photographs and video footage that I captured on the island. Sometimes, when you delve into forgotten hauls, you find some unexpected gems. For me, it was the surprise discovery of the video snippets that I took inside…

Duck & Champagne at HKK, City, Review

HKK's Cherry wood duck with mantou and caviar

88 Worship St, London EC2A 2BE hkklondon.com Duck and Champagne is a pretty random combination, isn’t it? Food and wine matching common sense would probably suggest that a gamey fowl like duck is best served with a red wine of some sort, say a Pinot Noir; or at the very least, a bold white wine like Chardonnay….

Highlights from San Sebastian Gastronomika 2015

Paco Morales at San Sebastian Gastronomika

San Sebastian Gastronomika 2013 Two years ago when I attended San Sebastian Gastronomika (SSG) for the first time, I was invited by the conference to present on Chinese food with Hunan restaurant’s Chef Peng, who I had co-authored a cookbook with. The schedule was hectic but I had some time to sit in on the ‘Alta’ demonstrations in the…

Gravner Wine Maker’s Dinner at George, Mayfair

IPOF holding image

Menu from a dinner at Mayfair members’ club George with Mateja Gravner with natural wines made in qvevries from Josko Gravner and regional food created by the in-house chef to match: Grilled Porcini mushrooms, garlic, shallot and parsley Gravner Ribolla 2007 Venezua Giulia IGT Prune and Gravner gnocchi, cinnamon crumb Gravner Bianco Breg 2007 Venezia…

Akelarre, San Sebastian, lunch

The leaves and the foie under the rain at Pedro Subijana Akelarre, San Sebastian

Aranori tasting menu from a lunch at Pedro Subijana’s three Michelin-starred Akelarre in San Sebastian: Just to begin: Bloody Mary Stuffed mussel Potato and prawn amber Anchovy stuffed black olive Aranori: The leaves and the foie under the rain Green broth infusion, scampi and smoked monkfish Very thin and light beef tartar, new potato soufflé…

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