The pop-up aims to highlight the growing problem of food waste and will serve diners dishes made using ingredients usually thrown away. Dishes will be sold at £15 per sharing dish, or £32 for high tea, between 24 February to 2 April on the department store’s rooftop.
Hotel GB, the Channel 4 reality TV show featuring Gordon Ramsay and Mary Portas as general managers, could be facing the axe after poor viewing figures, it has been reported.
The show, which was set in the 90-bedroom Bermondsey Square hotel near London Bridge, featured celebrities running the property as well as providing a training opportunity for a group of unemployed people who were looking for a break in the industry.
Ramsay and Portas were joined by Phil Spencer as maitre d’, Kirstie Allsop as concierge and Hilary Devey as manager of the hotel shop. Other key personalities included Gok Wan as bar and events manager, Dr Christian Jessen as manager of health and wellbeing, Katie Piper as spa and salon manager and Kim Woodburn as head of housekeeping.
The show met with a mixed response from critics and the hospitality sector, with the Guardian calling it the “weirdest television series of the year” and industry observers criticising the show for the poor management offered to the young apprentices and making a mockery of the hospitality industry.
Channel 4 is now understood to have axed a second series of Hotel GB after it was revealed the show only averaged around 1.5 million viewers.
A source told the Sun newspaper: “It was a good idea and bosses are glad they gave it a go. But it just didn’t pull in enough viewers at the end of the day and it won’t be coming back.”
The guide has recognised Smyth – Britain’s only three-Michelin-starred female chef – for her “focused and faultless cooking” and delivering a menu featuring graceful new dishes alongside glorious classics.
Born in Northern Ireland, Smyth moved to England at 16 to become a chef before enrolling in stages under many influential chefs around the world.
In 2002, she joined Restaurant Gordon Ramsay and worked her way up the ranks to become senior sous chef. Smyth left London in 2005 to gain experience abroad and joined the kitchen at Alain Ducasse’s three-Michelin-starred Le Louis XV in Monte Carlo. After returning to London and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay she was promoted to become Britain’s only female head chef at a three-star restaurant in 2008.
Commenting on the award Elizabeth Carter, consultant editor of the Good Food Guide, said: “Clare Smyth and her team have been on a culinary fact-finding mission to some of the pace-setting redoubts of the nueva cocina in northern Spain, and the research has paid handsome dividends. New dishes have been developed, all stamped with a gracefully light touch and an even firmer grasp of the seasonality that is this hard-working chef’s own determined signature.”
Smyth added: “It is a great honour to receive this award from such a well respected and well loved guide. Of course I am supported by an amazing team of very talented and ambitious young people that makes the restaurant what it is. So a huge thank you from all of us.”
The Chef of the Year award is one of eight editors’ awards featured in the Good Food Guide 2013. Other awards included the Chef to Watch, which went to Dave Watts, head chef at Cotswold House; and the Wine List of the Year, which was awarded to the Michelin-starred Drake’s Restaurant in Ripley, Surrey.
Good Food Guide 2013 Editors’ Awards:
Chef of the Year – Clare Smyth (Restaurant Gordon Ramsay)
Chef to Watch – Dave Watts, Cotswold House, Chipping Campden
Best New Entry – The Gunton Arms, Thorpe Market, Norfolk
Pub of the Year – The Plough Inn, Longparish, Hampshire
Wine List of the Year – Drake’s Restaurant, Ripley, Surrey
Best Seafood – The Seahorse, Dartmouth, Devon
Best Value for Money – Create, Leeds
Best Café – Food by Breda Murphy, Whalley, Lancashire
Gordon Ramsay is the highest earning chef in the USA, with an estimated global income of $38m (£24m), a new study has revealed.
Ramsay, who has 24 restaurants around the world with a total of 11 Michelin stars between them and stars in the US versions of Hell’s Kitchen and MasterChef, has topped the list of Forbes’ top-earning chefs.
He surpassed TV chef and cookbook author Rachael Ray, who earned an estimated $25m (£16m).
In third place is Wolfgang Puck at $20m (£12.7m), who operates 20 restaurants including Cut at 45 Park Lane in London.
Completing the list were Paula Deen, the southern US cook criticised for buttery recipes and for becoming a pharmaceutical company spokeswoman after she was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, and chef-restaurateur Mario Batali, who earned $17m (£11m) and $13m (£8m), respectively.
The AA has announced the shortlist for the 2012 Chefs’ Chef of the Year award, with 15 of the UK’s most celebrated chefs up for the title.
The prestigious accolade is voted for by all UK establishments holding AA Rosettes and this year’s shortlist includes industry heavyweights such as Michel Roux Jnr, Sat Bains and Claude Bosi.
Other chefs nominated for the award are former Catey Chef of the Year winners Angela Hartnett, David Everitt-Matthias and Pierre Koffmann, as well as Michelin-starred chefs Jason Atherton, Daniel Clifford, Simon Rogan and Tom Kitchin. Tom Aikens, Richard Corrigan, Nigel Haworth, Michael Wignall and Jeff Bland complete this year’s shortlist.
“For the AA Chefs’ Chef Award a shortlist is drawn up annually of AA Rosette chefs who have made a strong impact and have positively influenced other chefs, both in the eyes of our inspectors and based on feedback we have received from the industry,” said Giovanna Grossi, AA hotel services group area manager.
“They will have shown continued commitment to their profession and be worthy of recognition for their performance over the past year.”
While establishments are able to add nominees to the shortlist, previous winners are of the award are excluded. Former winners include Michel Roux, Heston Blumenthal, Marco Pierre White, Gordon Ramsay, Raymond Blanc, Marcus Wareing and Andrew Fairlie.
The AA’s Chefs’ Chef Award will be presented at the AA Hospitality Awards on 24 September at the London Hilton Park Lane.
The Observer’s food critic says that while the restaurant at the One New Change development in the City of London may be big, brash and bold, the penthouse pricing, dysfunctional service and pedestrian cooking are a letdown.
Meanwhile Giles Coren, writing in the Times, says Lussmann’s Fish & Grill in St Alban is everything a modern restaurant should be, serving great food and having a serious commitment to sustainability.
The Sunday Times’ AA Gill leaves Hedone in Chiswick with a rounded sense of satisfaction and replete wellbeing, scoring Mikael Jonsson’s cooking a perfect five, while the Independent’s John Walsh utterly, utterly, utterly, utterly loves the old-fashioned virtue of Rules in London.
Fay Maschler of the London Evening Standard doesn’t enjoy her lunch at Assemblage in Shoreditch but applauds James Knight-Pacheco, a former TV star from the Restaurant with Raymond Blanc, for opening up on his own.
Located at the Dorchester Collection’s newest hotel, 45 Park Lane, the restaurant is modelled on the original Cut in Beverly Hills serving a menu centred on steaks.
Giles Coren of the Times is so abhorred by the prices he talks about the bill before the food. “Sorry. I don’t normally mention the money before I’ve got to the food,” he says. “But this was ridiculous. Half a grand for a steak and a glass of red. If ever I could get a swearword past the Times censors, this is where I would try.”
The Daily Telegraph’s Matthew Norman is equally baffled by the bill: “The proprietor is clearly a talented chef and clever businessman, and doubtless also a splendid chap. But is this Puck, we wondered as we left, a robbin’ goodfellow?”
Writing in the Independent, Tracey MacLeod dines the Asquith, the latest venture from Michelin-starred chef and Great British Menu winner Glynn Purnell in Birmingham, and says the only thing the restaurant is missing is customers.
The Sunday Times’ AA Gill reviews the Gallery at London’s Westbury Hotel, which he says is a restaurant designed to appeal to everyone that doesn’t please anyone, while the Guardian’s John Lanchester quite likes the gimmick of DC Diner in Coventry being housed in an old plane, until the food starts to arrive.
The Evening Standard’s Fay Maschler says the Lady Ottoline’s decent cooking is hobbled by otiose detail and fancypants presentation particularly unsuited to the context of a pub, while the Metro’s Marina O’Loughlin says Bread Street Kitchen, Gordon Ramsay’s new restaurant in the City, is no more than a one-night stand for her.
Gordon Ramsay is to end his involvement in his restaurant in Dubai after more than a decade.
The restaurant, which was first headed up by Angela Hartnett and then Jason Atherton, has won numerous awards. It is currently being overseen by executive chef Scott Price who will stay at the restaurant after working with Gordon Ramsay Holdings (GRH) since 2003.
It is unclear whether the restaurant will change its name.
A spokeswoman for GRH confirmed that the consultancy agreement between the company and Hilton was coming to an end.
“After a regular review of our commercial operations we have decided with Verre, Dubai, that the time is right to end our consultancy agreement with them. We would like to thank the team at Verre for the partnership, it’s a superb restaurant and we wish them all the best for the future.”
Stuart Gillies, managing director of GRH, added: “We have had a good look at the business and what’s not working. We’re now focusing on what will work pound for pound.”
The two-Michelin-starred restaurant in Notting Hill beat Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley Hotel, who had previously held it for four consecutive years.
However, Marcus Wareing retained its title for offering the capital’s best gastronomic experience.
The new edition of Harden’s London Restaurants, which is published today, is based on a survey of more than 8,000 regular restaurant goers. It named Bruce Poole’s Chez Bruce Londoners’ favourite restaurant for the seventh consecutive year.
Both the Ledbury and Chez Bruce are owned by Nigel Platts-Martin.
Meanwhile Heston Blumenthal’s Dinner topped the newcomer list after launching in January.
After a 16-year run, Pimlico’s Poule au Pot has been ousted as London’s most romantic restaurant, with Prince Harry and Chelsy’s favoured dinner-date venue, Clos Maggiore in Covent Garden taking the top spot.
The Wolseley has retained its poll position for both best for business and best for breakfast, while the Anchor & Hope has again been voted as the best pub.
Held in association with Rémy Martin Fine Champagne Cognac, Harden’s voted
Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s as the restaurant with the most disappointing cooking, with the Oxo Tower named as the most overpriced restaurant.
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