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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…

A world of chocolate in Grenada

Cocoa pods in window

I travelled to the island of Grenada recently for the second Grenada Chocolate Festival. It’s not the first time I’ve been to the Caribbean, or to a chocolate plantation, but Grenada had something different to offer – Grenada was the first cocoa producing country to do the whole cocoa bean to chocolate bar process. (You can…

The World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards 2013

Best restaurant in the world

As the chatter quietens down and lights dim inside the Guildhall ready for the countdown of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, a flurry of activity restarts. The results had been leaked. ‘It’s all over the internet,’ screams Twitter. How silly are we to be sitting down, waiting eagerly to see if Noma had been toppled? ‘Can everyone switch…

Wahaca’s Day of the Dead

Bar, Wahaca's Day of the Dead

Wahaca‘s Day of the Dead festival opened at the Old Vic Tunnels last night, and stays open until 3rd November. The festival is an annual holiday celebrated throughout Mexico to honour, remember and send prayers to loved ones who have died. Wahaca’s Day of the Dead festival is produced by NOMAD in association with the Embassy of…

Italians do it better: Pret a Diner comes to London

69 Colebrooke Row Bar, Pret a Diner: Italians do it better launch, Mayfair

“Italians do it better” by Pret a Diner  (by Kofler & Kompanie) launched in Mayfair on 9th May with a bang. Though the invite did not say so, the dress code was definitely Italian chic: think Dolce  & Gabbana with added stars and sparkles – the likes of Chris Eubank and Zafar Rushdie came along for…

Champagne Laurent-Perrier Tous Les Sens Masterclass preview dinner

Spaghettini and Lake Garda olive oil, Mottra Osetra Caviar, Sicilian prawn and tomato water, Laurent Perrier Tous Les Sense at Massimo, The Corinthia, London

Menu from a dinner at Massimo Restaurant and Oyster Bar at The Corinthia Hotel to preview the Champagne Laurent-Perrier Tous Les Sens Masterclass at Taste of London 2012, with flowers by Ercole Moroni and food by Luca Seminara: Starter Raw langoustine with Mottra Osetra caviar and bergamot citronette Marinated tuna in soy and honey sauce with Mottra Sterlet Caviar and lime mayonnaise…