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My Hot Dinners - Colin Jackson picks his favourite London restaurants

Colin Jackson is an Olympic medal winner, world record holder for the 60m hurdles, Strictly dancer and will be commenting on the 2012 Olympics. He's also, as Hot Dinners found out, an unbelievably nice guy. We jogged alongside Jackson and in-between gasping for oxygen, got him to tell us his favourite places to eat in London.

"I'm a lover of Asian food and I always look for Asian restaurants whe…

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My Hot Dinners - Brian Turner picks his favourite restaurants in London

One of the most prestigious cookery competitions in the world, the Bocuse d'Or takes place every two years. The UK is sending two teams over to compete in the 2013 competition. We bumped into Ready Steady Cook chef Brian Turner, President of the UK Bocuse Team and UK Jury at the launch of the Bocuse d'Or and Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie and asked him to tell us his favourite London restaurant…

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My Hot Dinners - Jamie Oliver picks his favourite restaurants in London

Jamie Oliver's a very busy man. Not content with having the biggest selling non-fiction book in the UK ever (30 Minute Meals, soon to be followed by its even speedier sequel - 15 Minute Meals), he's currently opening more Union Jacks throughout the country. This is his British flatbread restaurant (i.e. pizza) that he's created with Chris Bianco, US pizza supremo. Bianco aside, it's a heavi…

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My Hot Dinners - Claudia Roden picks her favourite restaurants in London

Claudia Roden, worthy recipient of this year's Lifetime Achievement Award from the Guild of Food Writers, has spent the past five years researching her most recent book - The Food of Spain. "I went in search of those memories and emotions that dishes evoke in Spaniards, and on the way I discovered what they meant to me." We persuaded her to tell us what are her favourite restaurants in London ri…

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My Hot Dinners - Bloomberg's Richard Vines picks his favourite London restaurants

Richard Vines is Bloomberg's food critic, Chair of the UK & Ireland panel for the World's 50 Best Restaurants list and all round friend of the chefs. It wouldn't be over-the-top to say he seems to know everyone in London's restaurant world. We caught up with him just before this year's World's 50 list was announced and asked him to share with us his current favourite London restaurants.

The…

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My Hot Dinners - Jay Rayner picks his favourite restaurants right now

The Observer's restaurant critic Jay Rayner has just published a Penguin Shorts ebook on his worst meals out. To help excise the memory of those 20 tragically bad meals, we asked him to share with Hot Dinners three places in London that he really rates.

"Asking me for just three restaurants in a town like this is very, very tough. But here are three I love."

Giaconda Dining Room
9 Denmark Street,…

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Mark Hix tells us all about Tramshed in Shoreditch

With Chef Mark Hix’s latest venture Tramshed finally here, Hot Dinners were invited for a behind-the-scenes look at the man in action just days before the restaurant's official opening to the public.

Climbing over furniture, boxes and squeezing our way past busy chefs and restaurant staff, we spy Mark standing underneath a Damien Hirst original piece, commissioned exclusively for Tramshed. A large…

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My Hot Dinners: celebrity photographer Richard Young's favourite London restaurantsCelebrity photographer Richard Young has scoured the streets of this city snapping pretty much every famous person going over the past 40 years. We thought he'd be the perfect person to kickstart our new My Hot Dinners series where we ask Londoners of note to share their three favourite London restaurants with us.

Randa

"I love this restaurant, the food is always zinging fresh and the restaurant m…

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We talk to James Knappett about the upcoming Bubbledogs and Kitchen Table

Noho is fast becoming one of the most exciting place to eat in London. First we had Dabbous which quickly became the hardest place to book a table after wall-to-wall great reviews. Next up we have Bubbledogs and Kitchen Table being opened by former Ledbury Sous Chef James Knappett and his sommelier wife Sandia Chang.

After hearing the news that Knappett and Chang were setting up shop on their own…

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Talking to Sara Galvin about the new Galvin Demoiselle at Harrods

Hot Dinners talks to the Sara Galvin, in charge of the new Galvin Desmoiselle at Harrods.  We find out what's (literally) in store for the new restaurant, what the menu will look like and much more.…

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Barbecue in Soho - talking to Pitt Cue Co's Tom Adams

Photos by thomasbowles.com

When the Pitt Cue Co. Trailer opened on the South Bank under the Hungerford Bridge last summer, it was to almost instant (and widespread) acclaim. The trailer immediately took the crown of best barbecue in London, and the queues were a very good sign of its success. Now Tom Adams has taken the Cue to its permanent home in the heart of Soho (although it’s not the last we’…

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Raising the steaks - talking to Huw Gott and Will Beckett, the people behind Hawksmoor

With a successful cook book under their belts, and a third City location added to their ever-expanding stable, the future's looking pretty bright for childhood friends-turned-restaurant-partners Huw Gott and Will Beckett. We caught up with them at their new Guildhall restaurant over breakfast to find out more about their partnership, new ventures and selling the sizzle as well as the steak.

You're…

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Talking to Jun Tanaka about Street Kitchen in the City, Battersea and more...

Jun Tanaka is famed from appearances on Satruday Kitchen and as Head Chef of Pearl restaurant in Holborn.  But it's the success of the Street Kitchen initiative with Mark Jankel that has recently gained them both further plaudits - serving well-sourced high-class cooking from their trailer. We caught up with him to find out how it's been going and what's next for the Kitchen. 

How did…

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Brett Redman, the man behind new opening Elliot’s Cafe, Borough Market’s new unofficial market restaurant

Brett moved to London from Australia on a whim in 2005 and has been here ever since. He first opened a cafe Elliot’s on Bethnal Green Road where he met Rob Green, his business partner who he then opened the Pavilion cafe on Victoria Park in 2007. Their new restaurant on Stoney Street by Borough Market is called Elliot’s which he says ‘is an evolution of all our previous ideas’.

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