OnBlackheath festival chef line-up revealed


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OnBlackheath – a two-day festival held in Blackheath, London, has released the line-up for its chef demonstration stage between Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September.

Curated by Masterchef finalist chef Tony Rodd, the line-up includes: Jane Devonshire, winner of MasterChef 2016; Gary Maclean, winner of MasterChef: The Professionals 2016; and Michael Bremner, head chef at Brighton’s 64 Degrees restaurant.

The John Lewis Food Village will also host street food, pop-up restaurants and a Meantime Craft Brewery Bar.

The food will be complimented by live music from Travis; Metronomy; De La Soul; Kate Tempest; Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club; the Libertines; Seasick Steve,; Jake Bugg; KT Tunstall and Fun Lovin’ Criminals.

Chef’s demonstration stage full line-up


  • 1pm – Jane Devonshire – MasterChef winner 2016
  • 2pm – Gary Maclean – MasterChef: The Professionals winner 2016
  • 3pm – Adam Simmonds – the Test Kitchen, Great British Menu winner 2014
  • 4pm – Tony Rodd – MasterChef finalist 2015
  • 5pm – Dave Mothersill – the Salt Room


  • 12pm – Guy Awford – Hand Made Food, the Guildford Arms
  • 1pm – Saliha Mahmood Ahmed – MasterChef winner 2017
  • 2pm – Mark Stinchcombe – MasterChef: The Professionals winner 2015
  • 3pm – Michael Bremner – 64 Degrees, Great British Menu
  • 4pm – Emma Spitzer – Author or Fress, MasterChef finalist 2015
  • 5pm – Laura Petersen – the Coal Shed, the Salt Room

OnBlackheath is a festival launched in partnership with John Lewis. Festival tickets for under 12s are currently free until Friday 30 June 2017. Day tickets are priced at £49.50 with weekend tickets selling at £90 (plus booking fees). Tickets can be purchased in person at Blackheath Concert Hall or online via SeeTickets.com, Ticketmaster.co.uk, Songkick.com, Gigantic.com, Stargreen.com, AXS.com and Twickets.live.

Hospitality tickets are offered for the first time this year, costing £100 a day or £175 for the weekend. Hospitality tickets include access to the guest area, a guest festival laminate, drinks tokens and a dedicated guest entrance.

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Hyper Japan food festival to take over Tobacco Dock


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HJF16_JamesHo_image00633(9P9A6823)London’s Urban Food Fest has announced details for its Hyper Japan food festival, which will take place from 14 – 16 July at Tobacco Dock.

Hyper Japan aims to celebrate Japanese culture through food, drink and entertainment. Food exhibitors include: Sticky Bundits; Peko Peko; On Café; Kitchoan; the Wagashi Japanese Bakery; the Tsujiri Matcha House; Miso Hungry; the Sake Experience; and Sam Sake.

Sticky Bundits will be serving sushi burgers – a healthier alternative to traditional burgers, with buns made of rice.

For a traditional taste of Asia, Peko Peko offers street-food dishes such as: chilli chicken, Takoyaki (Octopus dumplings), Korokke (Japanese-style croquettes), Ebi Fry (battered and fried shrimp) and gyoza.

On Café offers traditional Chinese dim sum alongside french patisserie such as macarons the infamous Baoger – a bao and burger hybrid.

Kitchoan offer healthy, natural, Japanese confectionary called Wagashi, which combines red kidney beans, sweet potato, rice, sesame and agar-agar.

The Wagashi Japanese Bakery will be offering Dorayaki (filled pancakes) in traditional Japanese flavours, such as sweet bean paste, chestnut, matcha mascapone and sesame cream. The bakery will also be serving ice cream in classic oriental flavours, such as wasabi, golden chestnut, black sesame, roasted green tea, cinnamon and almond.

Matcha tea fans are urged to visit the Tsujiri Matcha House, a producer of 155 types of Matcha from Kyoto.

The Instagram-friendly bubble waffles will be available from Miso Hungry.

Drinks stands offering traditional sake include the Sake Experience, which will give visitors the chance to sample a variety of sake brands. Fruity sparkling Mio Sake is available at the MIO Station, while specialist sake distributors Sam Sake will be serving up craft sake.

General entry tickets for Friday and pre-2.30pm on Saturday are £15, tickets for post 2.30pm on Saturday and all day Sunday are £17, and a three-day pass for the full weekend costs £43. Buy tickets here: hyperjapan.co.uk.

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Reviews: Grace Dent finds ‘one of 2017’s greatest dinners’ while Marina O’Loughlin had an an uncomfortable meal in Glasgow


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Westerns Laundry

“I can state plainly that this was one of 2017’s greatest dinners” says Grace Dent of the Evening Standard about Westerns Laundry, Holloway.

What Westerns Laundry is in truth is pure joy. A spacious, industrial yet warmly elegant room, hiding behind birch trees on a residential strip in N5.

It was a balmy Friday, the room was open-fronted and the service warm. The kitchen buzzed with bright young chefs and the blackboard menu spoke of lobster fideuà, cockles with fennel tops, sardines, Marie Rose langoustines and chargrilled leeks. It’s one of those places I felt instantly at home, shoes dispatched under the table, hair down and a glass of Veneto Frizzante Garg’n’Go in hand. I’m not a holistic, bio-wine, grit in the glass evangelist by any shout, but I’m willing to sample anything offered to me with enthusiasm.

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Reviews: You’d have to pitchfork Marina O’Loughlin to get her near Stoke House again; while Fay Maschler reckons Xu is set to be a hit


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You’d have to pitchfork the Guardian’s Marina O’Loughlin to get here near Stoke House, the new restaurant from Will Ricker in London Victoria, again.

“An updated rework of the great British carvery” is what we’re promised from [Stoke House] owner Will Ricker (E&O and other noughties pseudo-Asian sleb magnets), and – with the exception of a heavy emphasis on the smoker and some imaginative and rather delicious salads (sweet potato with chilli; a butch red cabbage coleslaw; fat Israeli-style couscous with roast veg) – the, uh, joys of a British carvery are what we get. The short ribs are fibrous and taste of yesterday’s roast dinner, despite a modish flourish of pickled red onion and chilli; the chicken is cotton-woolly with no sign of the promised embrace of smoke; “smoked” cauliflower cheese, too (“bit on the side”: how very Travelodge), served in a dinky copper saucepan and pleasingly cheesy, is unsmoky.

Salmon comes as pallid, morose and wanly pink as an unwilling bridesmaid.
The music is deafening, the place full to the rafters: my hell doesn’t seem to be other people’s. The menu makes a song and dance about being “pocket-friendly”, but we manage, with two cocktails each, no wine and no dessert, to ramp up more than a ton of a bill. The staff are lovely despite it being open from breakfast to fall-down; the cocktails are decent. Ach, who am I kidding? To get me near the place again, I’d need to be pitchforked.

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London in the Sky returns to the capital


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London-in-the-Sky-londonLondon in the Sky is returning this summer to a new Chelsea site from 19 – 30 July.

London’s finest chefs, bars and chocolatiers will prepare and serve brilliant food and drink to diners at a table suspended 100ft in the sky at Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, Chelsea College of Arts, London.

Diners will enjoy a charming, dramatic backdrop and be able to take in never before seen views of London’s most iconic buildings such as Tate Britain, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, while appreciating beautifully presented dishes served by some of London’s top gastronomes.

London-in-the-Sky-london1Chef taking part include Pascal Aussignac from Michelin-starred Club Gascon who will ship up his signature dish the Marmite Royal, while Robert Ortiz from Michelin-starred Lima will offer Peruvian favourites like Beef Pachamanca and his famous Pineapple Carpaccio. Calum Franklin will serve one of his renowned pies to guests at The Holborn Dining Room sitting, as well as refreshing dishes such as the beetroot & gin-cured salmon with pickled Beets.

London in the Sky is a single table which seats 22 guest around the chef  and mixology team. Diners are securely fastened in at ground level before their elevated gourmet experience begins and the table is lifted 100ft into the air.

Chefs will be serving breakfast (£50 pp), lunch (£125 pp), champagne high tea (£75 pp), dinner (£150 – £200 pp) and cocktails (£75 pp) with flights running from 8.30am to 10.15pm each day.

Tickets and menus available at www.eventsinthesky.co.uk/events/london-in-the-sky/






Reviews: Marina O’Loughlin finds the perfect Spanish tortilla at Arbequina while Giles Coren favours Rök or Smokestak over BBQing at home


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After his own failed attempts at barbecuing, Giles Coren of the Times recommends simply going to either Rök or Smokestak, rather than attempting it yourself.

If you’re looking for barbecuing advice from me, I say this: go to Rök or Smokestak.

At the former, in a small Victorian building in Shoreditch that is spookily dwarfed by the empty spaces of the vast towers soon to be erected all around it, you will find possibly the only Swedish barbecue in London. It is odourless, white-washed and woody in a Scandi-meets-hipster way and its new summer menu is quite delightful.

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Hyatt Regency London launches summer terrace


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On 8 June, the Hyatt Regency London – the Churchill will be launching its summer terrace, inspired by the summers Sir Winston and Lady Churchill spent at Chartwell, and in Italy.

Chartwell was the family home of Churchill and his wife Clementine, near Westerham, Kent. It is now a National Trust building and features still remain such as the made-made lakes, kitchen garden and a playhouse designed for Churchill’s daughter Mary.

The Churchill Bar and Terrace at the Hyatt Regency London, in association with the National Trust’s Chartwell, aims to bring the gardens of Churchill’s family home to London.

The terrace will be adorned with roses and wisteria, feature English red brick walls, a trickling water feature and exact replicas of Chartwell’s benches.

Having partnered with Bacardi, the Churchill Bar and Terrace will offer eight new seasonal cocktails including the ‘Lady Rose’ inspired by Chartwell’s famous Rose Garden; ‘The Honeymoon’ which takes inspiration from the Churchills’ Italian honeymoon; and the ‘Kitchen Garden’ which features fresh Chartwell Apple juice, exclusive to the Churchill Bar.

The food menu will revolve around British cuisine, with dishes such as sausage rolls with mustard mayo, chilled beetroot and raspberry soup, citrus marinated tiger prawns and a ploughman’s board on offer.

Katherine Barnett, house and collections manager at Chartwell said: “We are delighted to work with Hyatt Regency London – the Churchill to bring the serenity and beauty of Chartwell to London. The design details of the Churchill Bar’s Summer Terrace reflect key features of Chartwell and in particular the much loved gardens that surround Sir Winston’s country home.

“We are especially excited that the Churchill Bar’s Chartwell Terrace will be the first to offer our apple juice, freshly pressed from the Chartwell Orchard, expertly mixed by the Churchill Bar and Terrace’s famed mixologists”

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Hyatt London and Paris hotels partner to host Michelin-starred pop-up


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Jean-Francois Rouquette

Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill and Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme have come together to host an exclusive one-off dinner with Michelin-starred chef Jean-Francois Rouquette on 15 June at the Montagu.

Jean-Francois Rouquette is executive chef of Restaurant Pur’ at Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme.

Guests will be offered champagne upon entry before sitting down for a four-course menu crafted by Rouquette and cooked in front of guests in the Montagu’s open kitchen.

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Bruno Loubet and Raymond Blanc to collaborate for one-off dinner


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Chefs Bruno Loubet and Raymond Blanc will come together for an exclusive dinner at Loubet’s restaurant Grain Store in King’s Cross on 31 July.

The Summer Feast aims to showcase seasonal and sustainable produce. The pair will serve a vegetable-focused meal using little meat and dairy, including vegetables from their own gardens.

At the two-Michelin-starred Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire, Blanc cultivates herb beds with 70 traditional and exotic varieties. He also has a two-acre vegetable garden which produces over 90 types of vegetable, a mushroom valley and a 4,000 strong orchard of French and English heritage apples.

Loubet – a protégé of Blanc, worked as head chef at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in the 1980s. At his home, Loubet’s garden is packed with herbs, vegetables and fruit trees.

Tickets cost £60 per person and will include a sharing menu of four courses plus a welcome drink. Tickets to the Summer Feast can be purchased online at Grubclub.com from 7th June.

Loubet is to speak at the Foodservice Forum next month. He will be joined by John Campbell and sustainability expert Mike Hanson of BaxterStorey as they discuss the pressure on our protein supply chain. Read more about the forum here: www.foodserviceforum.com

Eighty Six List launches guest chef series


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Throughout June, Natalia Ribbe-Szrok of Eighty Six List will be hosting a series of pop up events at Borough Market.

The event aims to celebrate four chefs who are yet to open their own restaurants. Each pop up will run over three days, for dinner on Thursday and Friday, and lunch and dinner on Saturday.

Chefs taking part include: Maxine Thompson, private chef and owner of women’s chef clothing company Polka Pants; Conor Sheehan and Jackson Berg from Xiringuito; Freddie Janssen and Sebastian Myers of Snackbar – an east London restaurant set to open early 2018; and Leandro Carreira and Cameron Dewar, due to open their first restaurant this year at London Bridge.

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