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Ever since the launch Head Chef Daniel Cox left Roux at Parliment Square just two months after it opened, we've been wondering who'll take over Michel Roux's Westminster restaurant.

Now Hot Dinners hears there's a new Head Chef in the kitchen. Toby Stuart was previously Senior Sous Chef at Galvin at the Windows and Chef de Cuisine at Les Escargot. Before that worked at The Orerry under the Galvin b…

Read more: Roux at Parliament Square announces a new Head Chef

Kentish Canteen opens with Vinoteca and Acorn House chefs in the kitchenResidents of Kentish Town rejoice! The opening of new restaurant Kentish Canteen on the Kentish Town Road looks set to kickstart eating out in this area.

Owner Wendy Sinclair and her husband have been in the food business for over 20 years and also run PJs Bar and Grill in Covent Garden. They found this spot, just by Kentish Town tube station through their designer whose studio is just around the…

Read more: Kentish Canteen opens with Vinoteca and Acorn House chefs in the kitchen

Trying out Jun Tanaka and Mark Jankel's Street Kitchen

One of the key events that has got us excited about the 2010 London Restaurant Festival is the Street Kitchen. This is a project being run by Jun Tanaka and Mark Jankel - a gourmet food truck which will be touring Central London between the 8th and 12th October.

Inspired by similar trucks in LA and New York, Jun Tanaka told us “It’s a massive thing over there. We just thought that London hasn’t re…

Read more: Trying out Jun Tanaka and Mark Jankel's Street Kitchen

Simply reading about Britain’s biggest restaurant, Cosmo has made Hot Dinners come over all weary. According to an article in today’s Independent, the eaterie, which opens in November in Croydon’s Valley Leisure Park, will take up 22,000 square feet, serve no fewer than 800 covers and employ around 40-50 chefs.

If all that wasn’t enough to make you give it the widest of berths, let us draw your at…

Read more: Britain's biggest restaurant to open in Croydon

Demand for the Gourmet Odyssey Tours at this year's London Restaurant Festival has apparently been so high that the organisers have been inspired to add two entirely new tours to the roster.

The Soho Tour on 9 October will begin with a starter and glass of champagne at Quo Vadis, main course at Arbutus and then finishing at Yauatcha - that will be £85 per person. And the Shoreditch Tour on the 16…

Read more: Soho and Shoreditch gourmet tours for London Restaurant Festival

The revamped Camden Roundhouse will soon have a restaurant to match its updated surroundings. Made In Camden, a new bar and dining room will open in October 2010.

Made In Camden takes the idea of local sourcing to its ultimate conclusion with both chef Josh Katz and designer Michael Sodeau having grown up in the area. There's more than a nod to local produce when it comes to the drinks list too wi…

Read more: Camden Roundhouse opens Made In Camden bar and dining room

Bjorn van der Horst announces Eastside Inn's closure

Hot Dinners were sad to hear the news this week that Bjorn van der Horst had announced the closure of his Clerkenwell restaurant, the Eastside Inn.  Talking to Caterersearch.com, the chef explained; 'We were offered the opportunity to carry on but we didn't want to get ourselves into a hole that we couldn't get out of and end up not being able to pay our staff and suppliers.'

When we interviewed v…

Read more: Bjorn van der Horst announces Eastside Inn's closure

Ben Greeno's Tudor Road supperclub is London's hottest ticket

The last time chef Ben Greeno turned up at a supper club, there was something of a mini riot amongst London’s fooderati to nab places at the table, and then a slew of disappointed people who hadn’t managed it. Why so popular? A glance at Mr Greeno’s cv might explain it – with training at Sat Baines followed by two stints at World’s Best Restaurant ™ Noma and Manhattan’s Momofuku, who wouldn’t want…

Read more: Ben Greeno's Tudor Road supperclub is London's hottest ticket

The 20th edition of Harden's Guide is published today and from 85,000 reports they've come up with a list of the good, the bad and the overpriced in London.

Favourite: Chez Bruce
Best for Business: The Wolseley
Best for Romance: La Poule au Pot (for the 16th year).
Best breakfast: The Wolseley.
Best Bar/pub: Anchor & Hope.
Best new restaurant: Viajante
Best restaurant: Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley
B…

Read more: Marcus Wareing and Viajante winners in 2010 Harden's Guide

A whole host of top chefs were to be found in the City this morning as Action against Hunger held its charity breakfast at Le Coq D’Argent to launch its Fight Hunger/Eat Out campaign. Hot Dinners spotted Giorgio Locatelli, Marcus Wareing and Oliver Rowe among the chefs giving their support to this good cause.

Head chef of the group was clearly Raymond Blanc who told Hot Dinners he was passionate a…

Read more: Blanc, Wareing and Locatelli show support for Action Against Hunger

Proud Camden has just announced it's launching a New York-inspired restaurant in the bar/live music space's South Gallery in Camden Market this November.

Proud Kitchen opens in Camden on 11 November. Billed as a 'chic alternative to market stalls and chains' it'll offer breakfast, lunch and dinner menus - created by chef Finlay Logan. As this is Camden we're talking about, expect smoked tofu wraps…

Read more: Proud Camden launches new restaurant this November

El Bulli chef opens first branch of Durius River Cafe in LondonHe's described by Wikipedia as a disciple of Ferran Adria. Now Sergi Arola, the El-Bulli trained chef, and owner of two Michelin stars in his own right for his restaurant Gastro in Madrid, has quietly opened a wine restaurant in London.

Situated on the banks of the Thames, opposite the Tate Modern and beside High Timber restaurant, the Durius Cafe is the fifth in a chain of cafes which were first…

Read more: El Bulli chef opens first branch of Durius River Cafe in London

It’s fast becoming known as ‘Currygate’ – the moment at which pop star Lily Allen took on Labour leader candidate David Miliband over his choice of London’s best restaurant. The exchange on Twitter was prompted by Miliband Senior’s decision to pick Camden’s Masala Zone as the best restaurant in London.

Asked about the best meal he’d had in London, Miliband replied; ‘I had a fantastic takeaway from…

Read more: Currygate: what are politicians' favourite London restaurants?

Jason Atherton confirms January opening for Pollen Street Social

Former Maze chef Jason Atherton has confirmed a January opening for his new restaurant Pollen Street Social, which will be just off Hanover Square.

In a release issued today Atherton said he's 'been dreaming about opening my own restaurant for nearly 20 years and am thrilled to have found this great site in the heart of Mayfair, a place that I love being part of.'

Pollen Street Social will feature…

Read more: Jason Atherton confirms January opening for Pollen Street Social

Wolfgang Puck confirms Cut steakhouse for London

Is London ready for another steakhouse? Coming just after another American company Goodman opened its second UK branch in the City to general acclaim, we hear that Los Angeles chef to the stars, Wolfgang Puck, has confirmed he’s also heading over to London.

In an interview this week, Wolfgang was quoted as saying; ‘We’re opening a Cut steakhouse in London’ which confirms stories earlier this year…

Read more: Wolfgang Puck confirms Cut steakhouse for London

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