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Juxtaposition of life and death in food and wine

Every now and then, the polarity of life and death approaches something akin to poignant. As I got ready for my friend José Vouillamoz’s book launch at Caravan King’s Cross (he co-authored Wine Grapes with Jancis Robinson and Julia Harding), I happened to see on Twitter that two Fat Duck chefs had died in a…

Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck, Bray, tasting lunch

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Menu from a lunch at Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck, Bray, (I was in the kitchen observing service and trying the food “at the pass”) where a choice of wine flights were available for each course: Nitro poached aperitifs in vodka and lime sour, gin and tonic, Campari soda Red cabbage gazpacho, pommery grain mustard ice cream Jelly…

The World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards 2012

San Marzano water in a venus flytrap with tomato berries at the World's 50 Best Restaurants 2012

This year I was lucky enough to cover the 10th World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards for Canadian magazine The Tomato. I was pleased to see so many new entries into the top 50 and indeed the top 100, showing a much more diverse collection of restaurants than last year. Especially Dinner by Heston Blumenthal which was the highest…