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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…

Oswaldo Oliva at Carousel, Marylebone, dinner

Carrots, carrots, carrots, Oswaldo Oliva at Carousel

Menu from a dinner at Carousel London where Oswaldo Oliva was the chef in residence: Snacks Fossilised citrus and worm salt Carrots, carrots, carrots Savoury A sequence of herbs, pickles and dressings Sesame praline in fragrant nage Hake, kohl rhabi and pistachios ‘Blue’ steak, sour leaves and marrow butter [Langoustines, chicken and basil emulsions] Sweet…

Cuisson London popdown dinner

Slow cooked salmon, horseradish cream, watercress, Cuisson popdown

Menu from a ‘popdown’ from Cuisson London with food by Pedro Passinhas: Cuisson cocktail Cultured butter, sourdough Ratte potatoes, hay, blue cheese, grelot onion Chicken parfait, charred pineapple, walnuts Slow cooked salmon, horseradish cream, watercress Lychee and mango bavarois, strawberry, black olive Popups are no longer trendy. Once the cool word to be brandished by…

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…