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Five minutes with Richard Corrigan

Hot Dinners catches five minutes with Richard Corrigan to find out how he's survived the last 12 months, opening two key new restaurants in the middle of a recession.

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Chewing the fat with Fay Maschler

Fay Maschler became the restaurant critic for the London Evening Standard in 1972 when she won a three month contract in a writing competition. She has since reviewed thousands of restaurants and is the UK's most respected restaurant critic. Fay recently launched her own London restaurant consultancy, A Private View, and is the co-founder of the London Restaurant Festival.

How long have you been p…

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The London Restaurant Festival has announced the full line-up of chefs cooking on capsules on the London Eye over the course of the London Restaurant festival.

They are as follows:
8 October: Richard Corrigan from Corrigan’s of Mayfair
9 October: Gordon Ramsay
10 October: Francesco Mazzei from L’Anima
11 October: Vineet Bhatia of Rasoi Vineet Bhatia
12 October: Ross Shonhan from Zuma Restaurant
13 Octo…

Read more: Eating with London's top chefs on the London Eye

Several months ago, the initial reports of a norovirus being the root cause of mass illness at the Fat Duck some months ago were just a taste of the full thing, with a full report to follow.  And, as you've no doubt seen this week, that report has now been published, and the results are not good for Heston.

The key finding that the press have taken out of the full report is that the virus was caus…

Read more: Heston's Oysters come back to haunt him and more news...

Interview with Bjorn van der Horst of the Eastside Inn

Hot Dinners talks to the Eastside Inn's Bjorn van der Horst.…

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London Restaurant Festival press launch report

Although Mayor Boris had to send his apologies, the press launch for the London Restaurant Festival had an impressive turn-out this morning with no less than 25 of the city’s best chefs turning up in support. Hot-dinners spotted the likes of Richard Corrigan and Angela Hartnett to Tom Aiken, Racine’s Henry Harris, Pierre Koffman, Mark Hix and many others as they mingled for a photo-call in Covent…

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It's been a week of notable awards with the Harden's 2010 restaurant awards and Olive Magazine's Alternative Restaurant Awards both being announced. Now you can get in on the action. The nomination period for the Readers' Choice award in the National Restaurant Awards is now open, so get voting!

Of course, the biggest story that the press got from the Harden's awards was about the drubbing that Go…

Read more: Awards galore and the weekly news round-up

We're tired of the same old, same old restaurant awards - so three cheers for foodie title Olive magazine which has come up with an Alternative Restaurant Awards 2009 with categories that go beyond yawnsome fields such as Best Chef and Best Newcomer.

The magazine picked 50 winners in total (restaurants and chefs) in 34 categories which were decided and judged by a panel made up of the olive team a…

Read more: Olive magazine launch their Alternative Restaurant Awards

Where does one of the UK's top pizza chefs choose to eat Italian in London?

hot-dinners.com headed for Holborn last week where we did a test-run of Pizza Express's low-call Leggera pizzas (yes, we know it's a tough job, but someone has to do it). Whilst there, we found out the answer to the above question, by grabbing a word with the pizza chain's head chef Antonio Romani.

'I go to a lot of Italia…

Read more: Which of London's Italian restaurants does a top Pizza chef rate?

2009 looks to be an annus mirabilis for Angela Hartnett, as her Mayfair restaurant Murano gets voted Best Newcomer by restaurant-goers in the 2010 edition of Harden's London Restaurants which is published today. It's another goose feather in her cap for Hartnett, who just last month, picked up the prestigious Catey Award for Top Chef. Murano is also shortlisted in the 2009 Time Out Awards.

Over 80…

Read more: Angela Hartnett's Murano tops Harden's 2010 Guide

A couple of interesting upcoming restaurant openings hit the hot-dinners.com radar in the past few days – most notable of which is the news that thrice-Michelin-starred chef Heinz Beck is heading to our fair city to open his first restaurant outside Italy. Beck made his international reputation at the Cavalieri hotel’s La Pergola restaurant – it’s the only Roman restaurant to have the coveted thre…

Read more: Top Rome chef Heinz Beck heads for London's Lanesborough

The biggest news this week is that, according to a report released by Harden's, London restaurants are currently defying the  recession as restaurant closures are at their lowest rate since 2000. This is obviously good news, but we can't help notice other reports suggesting thst new restaurants are still having diffulculty getting investors while existing ones are advised to tighten their purse st…

Read more: London restaurants defy recession - or do they..?

The credit crunch's effect has widened to include this year's Time Out magazine Restaurant Awards, resulting in the creation of two new categories to please its sponsors - the Spanish Tourist Board - Best Spanish Restaurant and Best Spanish Wine List (which we didn't have the space/energy/sponsorship money to show here. Mind you, we do have to admit a conflict of interest - ever since the magazine…

Read more: Time Out Restaurant Awards 2009 Shortlist Announced

Heston gets a perfect 10
Heston Blumenthal has made up for all the bad news earlier this year with a slew of positive stories, the latest of which is that, for the second year running, The Fat Duck has scored a perfect 10 out of 10 in the 2010 edition of The Good Food Guide. Coming a close second with 9/10 is Gordon Ramsay’s Hospital Road establishment. Guide Editor Elizabeth Carter said: ‘It’s bee…

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Could this be the best value dinner in Mayfair?

Hot Dinners was invited to test the wares, as it were, at the May Fair Bar on Berkeley Street. Hailing from the northern parts of the city, and not having a trust fund to interest the merchants of Mayfair with, we haven't been down this way for a while and were pleasantly surprised by both the buzz and the warmth of our welcome.

Like most other Londoners we've often left a restaurant of an evening…

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