In the second week of My Million Pound Menu, where Fred Sirieix and others are handing out wads of cash to promising restaurant start-ups, London stalwart Baba G's has come out top. At the end of the programme, both Jamie Barber and Atul Kochhar were bidding for them, but Kochhar came up top with his £300k
We've just passed week two of My Million Pound Menu, where London stalwart Baba Gs came top (and you can visit them right now at Pop Brixton or Camden Market).
But that's not all that came out of the programme. One of the runners up was XX/VI who
Last year's Million Pound Menu was a big success - so much so that BBC is bringing it back for a new series due next year (with the added "My" in front of the name).
If you're unfamiliar with the concept, it sees Fred Sirieix mentoring restaurants with a view to getting investment from
OK - how good does this sound? The lovely Fred Sirieix, fresh from another series of pairing up romance-searchers on First Dates, has just announced his latest TV show.
He and chef (and the original co-founder of Leon) Allegra McEvedy - are going to be the hosts of Restaurant Dream Team. But this is no primetime show - it's actually going to be on CBBC.
In a post on Instagram today Fred said: "we are on the hunt for the “Restaurant Dream
Update 20/11/18 - the whole series is now available on Netflix right here (assuming you're signed up). Episode 3 is the UK one and yes, the American host's understanding of current British cuisine isn't exactly what we hoped for. Tell us what you thought in the comments below...
We've known for quite a while that London's very own Asma Khan was going to be the star of the upcoming Netflix TV series but were sworn to secrecy until Netflix deemed it time to go live with the info. And, honestly, we just couldn't be more pleased. Asma's rise to star restaurateur and chef status hasn't been an easy one, as she tells us below, but it's most definitely been an inspirational one.
If you haven't watched
If you're inspired by this year's Great British Menu to try some of the chef contestants' food, here's our guide to the London restaurants with chefs taking part, what to order and how much it costs to dine there.
Episode one of the BBC's new business series Million Pound Menu - think Dragons' Den meets First Dates - saw two 20-somethings picking up a whopping £750k-£1m from backer Atul Kochhar for their English restaurant venture. Hot Dinners caught up with Ruth Hansom and Emily Lambert of to find out what happened next.
Right now it looks like everyone's talking about Britain's Best Chef, the TV show about to air featuring Mary Berry, Chris Bavin, Claudia Winkleman and former Duck and Waffle Head Chef Dan Doherty. But here at Hot Dinners we're more excited about Million Dollar Menu - the BBC's new restaurant show.
Headed up by none other than First Dates (and Galvin at Windows Maitre d') Fred Sirieix, this new show gives 12 budding restaurateurs the chance to win
Dan Doherty, executive chef of the Duck and Waffle is a busy chap. Over the past year he's also been busy running a series of supperclubs for his Sprout concept, he then became a dad and now he's taking on the world of TV.
In an Instagram post at the weekend, Doherty revealed that he's joining the judges panel of the new Mary Berry
It's always been a great showcase for some of the UKs top restaurants (and a close look at how the chefs work) and soon The Great British Menu is making a return to BBC, starting on BBC2 later in the summer. This year the chefs will be cooking a dinner to celebrate 100 years of the Women's Institute at Drapers Hall in London (hence the portait referencing that calendar).