“How can a nation be great if its bread tastes like Kleenex?” Julia Child

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The former 3* Michelin star chef Pierre Koffmann allegedly once said Serve good bread and all will be well, such is the importance he places on it. The bread at La Tante Claire had near legendary status, rivalling only Mr Koffamann’s ‘trotters’ for attention. Nowadays with all the focus being placed on the whizz bang … Continue reading

A Pause for Thought, My 7Links.

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Recently I was asked by fellow blogger Elizabeth on Food, if I’d be interested in taking part in a project called ‘My 7 Links’ from the website Tripbase.com. Quite a simple concept, of getting like minded bloggers together and linking their favourite posts. It can also put you in a reflective mood when you come … Continue reading

Putting a Chef’s Life into Perspective for The Daily Mail

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The day after the ‘Glorious 12th‘ is usually a humdrum kind of day. The race to be the first to cook & serve the new seasons Grouse has faded and now it’s just another dish to do the mise en place for. Except on August 13th this year The Daily Mail published a story, I … Continue reading

Words of Advice ~ Trevor Blyth

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This post in the series of ‘5Questions‘ comes from an English chef strutting his stuff in Japan. Trevor Blyth rose to prominence in 1996 by winning the prestigious Roux Scholarship. Rather me rattle on about the competition maybe watch the short film from the Scholarship’s own channel on YouTube: Originally hailing from Norwich, Mr Blyth … Continue reading

el Bulli, the legacy & the after effects

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Saturday 30th July will go down in culinary history, ordinarily just a weekend in mid summer. But this Saturday was different. It was the final ever service at the iconic gastronomic destination, El Bulli. For over 20+ years Ferran Adria has presided over the stoves at the foodie Mecca, initiating the movement that is known … Continue reading