Von Essen, lets hope the end is nearly in sight….

Chewton Glen drive sign

At the time of writing this The Times had just pipped me to the post on naming that the owners of Chewton Glen had purchased not one, but both the jewels in the crown of the crumbling Von Essen empire. Catey Hotelier of the year Andrew Stembridge will, as Managing Director for the exclusive Hampshire … Continue reading

Words of Advice ~ Trevor Blyth

TB - Oysters and wakame, Sakura jelly

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

Ocean Voyage, Mark Jordan, a Book Review

Mark Jordan 0417

After assisting me in getting Michelin starred Mark Jordan to take part in the 5Questions, his PR agent Victoria has stayed in touch. Trying to get a copy of Mr Jordan’s book for review would be a no brainer, it was bound to filled with lovely glossy pictures & tasty recipes, and when the man … Continue reading

Words of Advice ~ Mat Follas

2010 - Mat Follas

Whist in the past the ‘5Questions‘ have concentrated on Michelin starred chefs, occasionally it’s worth while having a look at other chefs in the restaurant sector. This post comes from a chef who made his name from winning the BBC programme Masterchef in 2009 & and subsequently opening his own restaurant in June of that … Continue reading

The ’50 Best Restaurants’ via Google Maps

Blogging chefs

The idea for this post was born out of a tweet that blogger Chris Pople (of Cheese n Biscuits blog fame) tweeted last week. It was shortly after the release of the 50 Best restaurant list & although I’m not entirely sure what prompted it, seemed like a good idea. Using Google maps he posted … Continue reading