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Heston, Atherton and Graham headline charity dinner at The Savoy

If you tried (and failed) to get hold of a seat at the recent French Laundry pop-up and still have that £250 burning a hole in your pocket, why not buy a ticket to the Art and Food gala dinner at the Savoy next month. The list of chefs who'll be putting the menu together is really top-drawer - Heston Blumenthal, Jason Atherton, Brett Graham from The Ledbury and Lisa Allen from Northcote Manor - so…

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Hardeep Singh Kohli turns stallholder in Spitalfields market

If you've ever moaned about the price of your lunchtime sarnie, you might want to head down to Spitalfields market this week where TV presenter Hardeep Singh Kohli is turning stallholder at a rather unusual stall.

The Seeds of Change stall will be selling general food items and lunchtime fare at prices that reflect how much they could cost if Britain was a food-insecure country. Apparently, in suc…

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Test driving Gordon Ramsay's Bread Street Kitchen

What can you tell us about Bread Street Kitchen?

It's the first new opening from Gordon Ramsay since he relaunched Petrus and sees the TV chef opening in the One New Change shopping complex just across the road from St Paul's.  The restaurant has been a long time in the offing, so expectations are high. The entrance to BSK is right opposite Jamie Oliver's Barbecoa, so expect a certain amount…

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Kitchen Joel Antunes to open at the Embassy Mayfair

When Joel Antunes returned to the London dining scene in mid 2010, the reaction to his food at Brasserie Joel was highly positive but critics were less enthused about the location.  As it was ensconced in the Park Plaza hotel, many Londoners who fear crossing the Thames wished for a more central London position. For them, there is now cause for celebration. 

Antunes has announced he will…

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Pret a Diner launches dinner at The Minotaur in the Old Vic tunnels

As part of both Frieze and the London Restaurant Festival, Pret a Diner aims to scratch both itches by offering a Michelin Star pop-up in the heart of a winding maze of artwork and film in the Old Vic Tunnels.

Hot Dinners was invited along to check out the unveiling of the concept.  It's a collaboration between Soho street art specialists the Lazarides Galleries and Kofler and Kompanie, a Ger…

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Taking window dressing to a whole new level, the two-Michelin starred chef Raymond Blanc will be serving up dinner to a group of celebrity guests in a specially designed dining room in Harrods windows this month.

The event on Tuesday 18 October will see Blanc create a four course dinner which he'll serve to the celebrities sitting at a dinner table situated in the Brompton Road windows.

After the…

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The Ledbury heads up the 2011 National Restaurant Awards

At last night's National Restaurant Awards, the Ledbury beat off all-comers to retain the title of best restaurant in Britain while Pollen Street Social was the highest new entry at number two.

The awards are voted on by the National Restaurant Awards academy, which is pooled from chefs, writers and critics from around the country. This leads to some, shall we say, rather peculiar results in place…

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Barrica launching tapas bar Copita in Soho

Successful Spanish restaurant Barrica (and winner of the 2010 Time Out award for best Spanish restaurant) is expanding into Soho with a new tapas bar, launching this Friday.

Copita is on D'Arblay Street (just off Berwick Street) and, taking its inspiration from La Cuchara de San Telmo in San Sebastian, will be a fully fledged tapas bar - all stools and standing space only with no bookings being ta…

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Ex Launceston Place chef makes his mark on Fulham's Manson

With the notable exception of the Harwood Arms, there isn't much in the way of decent restaurants that would tempt non-residents to head down to Fulham in search of good tuck. But a meal Hot Dinners had at Manson last week made us think that might be about to change.

Manson's owner, Eamonn Manson - who also owns nearby gastropub Sand's End - has been involved in running watering holes in these par…

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Kensington Place reopens with new menu and communal table

Following a fortnight's closure, Kensington Place reopens today with a fresh design. The new-look interior comes courtesy of former Conran Shop creative director Polly Dickens who's brought in a new communal table and banquette seating.

The fresh new feel will be matched with a new menu by recently-appointed head chef Dan Loftin who comes to Kensington Place from D&D London's Islington restaur…

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Valrhona launch Cooking With Chocolate book at Claridges

The cream - or should that be crème - of the chocolate and patisserie world were at Claridges last night to celebrate the launch of the new Valrhona Cooking With Chocolate cookbook. Pierre Hermé, the man dubbed 'the king of modern patisserie' by the Guardian, and the writer of the book's foreword was there to provide support as were Angela Hartnett, The Great British Bake Off winner Ed Kimber and…

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Heston Blumenthal and Jason Atherton are London's Michelin Star winners for 2012

There were no new three stars in the 2012 Michelin Guide UK & Ireland, but London did pretty well with four new one-star restaurants which are Dinner by Heston, Pollen St Social, Hakkasan Mayfair and North Road in Clerkenwell. That's particularly impressive for Pollen Street Social which only opened in April.

"I am so ecstatic on hearing the news that Pollen Street Social has won a Michelin st…

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Eat St Market brings Big Apple Hot Dogs and more to Kings Cross

The revitalisation of King's Cross continues apace with the news this week that a new street market will be held weekly to the north of the station. The launch of Eat St market in King's Boulevard comes hard on the heels of Central St Martins moving into Granary Square to the north of the station.

Each week will see four different street food vendors setting up shop on a Thursday and Friday starti…

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First look at new Covent Garden Barrafina opening on Drury Lane

Anyone who's ever stood in line at Sam and Eddie Hart's Barrafina on Frith Street silently willing those scoffing on stools to move on will no doubt be pretty excited at the thought of a second branch of the tapas bar opening on Drury Lane next year. Now Hot Dinners has been given an exclusive peek at the what the Covent Garden venue will look like.

Andy Martin architects, who were behind the orig…

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Les Deux Salons celebrates its first Birthday with the launch of Sunday brunch

In honour of the first birthday of Les Deux Salons, Anthony Demetre and Will Smith’s French Brasserie are now going to be open for brunch on Sundays between 10am and 5pm. And they're offering free fizz on the first Sunday they're open.

The brunch menu covers all the usuals from bacon buns and a full English to Omelette Arnold Bennett or Belgium waffles with maple syrup and bacon.

The best bit is t…

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