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London Restaurant Festival 2010 Launches

All of foodie London appeared to be at the Ivy this evening to celebrate the official launch of the London Restaurant Festival 2010.

Hot Dinners spied chefs Thomasina Miers, Rowley Leigh, Jun Tanaka as well as Pierre Koffman whose rooftop restaurant at Selfridges was last year’s festival hot ticket. There were also plenty of critics and food writers in attendance, including Matthew Fort, The Guard…

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A round-up of the week's restaurant news in London

Following the men-only Masterchef final, The Telegraph kickstarted a debate into whether men should be in charge of the  kitchen, with Christopher Hirst taking the men's side and Rose Prince voting against. Even the Independent got in on the act.

As the dust settled on this season’s finale, the news broke this weekend that winner Dhruv Baker, who…

Read more: Gordon Ramsay offers Masterchef's Dhruv a job

It's rolling pins at dawn as the spat between Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay escalates.

Earlier this week, Oliver was quoted in the Radio Times as saying he didn't approve of chefs 'who swear at their staff. Sometimes you feel it’s their personal problems coming out'. It doesn't take a great leap to imagine this could be aimed at the famously sweary Ramsay.

Then last night, Gordon Ramsay was doors…

Read more: Gordon Ramsay disses Jamie Oliver's restaurant

The opening of the new Vue cinema at Westfield Shopping Centre has been such a huge success in attracting large crowds to the centre in the evenings, that it's spurred on a series of well-regarded restaurant chains to open there in the run-up to Summer.

Michael Gutman, Westfield’s managing director UK/Europe, told Property Week that six new restaurants had just signed contracts with the shopping c…

Read more: Westfield attracts Royal China and Jamie Oliver

Is Theo Randall thinking of opening somewhere new in London? We ask only because when Hot Dinners caught up with the InterContinental Hotel's chef at the recent La Dolce Vita fair in London, he was particularly evasive when we quizzed him on his plans for the year.

As you'll see from our chat, it does seem like the chef has plans for something exciting - he just wasn't prepared to tell us just yet…

Read more: What's Theo Randall planning for 2010 in London?

Jason Atherton has apparently finally taken the plunge and left Maze, just as his book Maze: The Cookbook is being published. In a short piece in tonight’s Evening Standard, it’s being reported that Atherton will leave next month after eight years working with Gordon Ramsay Holdings.

The timing also couldn’t be more acute for Ramsay who just launched another branch of Maze in Melbourne two days ag…

Read more: Jason Atherton has left Maze and Gordon Ramsay

As the dust settles on his announcement earlier this year to shut El Bulli for two years, Ferran Adria this morning announced that he'll be opening a pop-up, tapas-style restaurant in central London.

'There's only so much apple caviar or frozen chocolate air you can do before you want to simplify things and just make a decent tortilla,' Adria told Hot Dinners. 'I just want to sit in my kitchen, op…

Read more: Ferran Adria to open tapas restaurant in London

Bar Boulud London – the first London restaurant to be opened by New York celebrity chef Daniel Boulud, has named the chef and front of house who’ll be in charge when it opens at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Knightsbridge this May.

Heading up the kitchens is Dean Yasharian, who’s worked with Boulud for six years and was in charge of Bar Boulud in New York. Supporting Yasharian as front of house w…

Read more: Bar Boulud London names its chef and manager

Hey, we’re not picky – we’ll take plaudits where we can get them, so when Michael Tomasky, columnist for New York Magazine and blogger for the Guardian praised London’s restaurants in a roundabout kind of way, we were happy to get the praise.

In a blog for the Guardian today, Tomasky uses President Sarkozy’s visit to America to soundly trash the restaurant experiences he had in Paris recently. ‘I'…

Read more: Final insult – London’s restaurants better than Paris

Bistrot Bruno Loubet at the Zetter reviewed

The restaurant at the Zetter Hotel in Clerkenwell has long been a good-looking venue in need of a better chef. With Bruno Loubet at the helm, finally this restaurant has the brilliant cooking to go with the space. Loubet, together with his partners at the Zetter, Mark Sainsbury and Michael Benyan, has created a restaurant with a real sense of excitement.

The night Hot Dinners was invited, mid-week…

Read more: Bistrot Bruno Loubet at the Zetter reviewed

Five minutes with Theo Randall

Hot Dinners caught up with chef Theo Randall, at Islington’s La Dolce Vita food show and found out what he’s up to next and where he’s eaten well recently.

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The Sunday Times’ Christine Toomey reports in today’s paper of her visit to El Bulli’s Barcelona workshop where Ferran Adria drops a series of hints as to how one might secure a table at El Bulli once it reopens in 2014 as a gastronomic think tank.

‘Maybe one week we will do just breakfasts. The next, we might be closed. The following, we might serve just one extraordinary supper.’ Another idea be…

Read more: Ferran Adria on how El Bulli will operate from 2014

London restaurant news round-up

Restaurant industry hours challenged
The parents of a London chef who died this week of complications following a bout of tonsillitis blamed the long hours he was working as a sous chef in the Tate Modern restaraurant for his death. 23-year-old Nathan Laity’s mother told the Daily Mail that her son ‘had just done 27 days on the trot, working 14-hour days. He got so r…

Read more: London chef dies, family blames long working hours

Heston Blumenthal has received just over £200,000 in compensation following the temporary closure of the Fat Duck for two weeks last year. That’s good news for Heston, but according to the Daily Mail, some of the guests who suffered food poisoning are still waiting for their payout.

Meanwhile, keep your eyes peeled for Heston and Delia, who’ll be appearing in a three minute ad slot during Corrie t…

Read more: Heston gets £200k comp over Fat Duck closure

Bar Pepito opens its doors in King's Cross

To King’s Cross recently, where the owner of Camino has extended across the courtyard at the Regent Quarter to open up an Andalusian bodega/sherry bar called Bar Pepito.

Every conceivable kind of sherry is on offer, and at the launch Gonzalez Byass’ brand manager, the fabulously-named José Argudo López de Carrizosa, had flown in from Jerez to talk us through the best of them.

Two we particularly l…

Read more: Bar Pepito opens its doors in King's Cross

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