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Tom Aikens talks about this year's Great British Menu

Hot Dinners popped on over to Somerset House last night for a tasting of Tom Aikens new cheesy recipes for Long Clawson Dairy. The Michelin-starred chef has just published Cooking Creatively With Cheese for the dairy's centenary. As Aikens explained to us; 'The idea was to look back over a hundred years and pinpoint a year to each decade and so I came up with 11 recipes altogether.'

Sounds like th…

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First look at Marcus Wareing's St Pancras brasserie and menu

Update - read our latest Gilbert Scott preview with details of the final menu.

St Pancras has to be our favourite building in London and, like English Heritage, we'd want to come down like a ton of reclaimed bricks on anyone who messed it up. Happily, having seen some of the early drawings for Marcus Wareing's new British brasserie The Gilbert Scott - due to open next month as part of the five-sta…

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José Pizarro to open sherry and tapas bar in Bermondsey

Update - José is now open at 104 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3UB.  It's not taking reservations, so just turn up and wait for a table.

José Pizarro, the man who brought us the brilliant Tapas Brindisa in Borough Market is moving just a few streets away from the place he made his name, opening up his own sherry and tapas bar in Bermondsey. Jose, which will open in June 2011 at 104 Bermonds…

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Franco Manca opening at Westfield, Brick Lane and Covent Garden

The Observer memorably described their pizzas as 'the best in Britain' and certainly if the drooling reviews of our fellow foodies on Twitter are anything to go by, Franco Manca's pizzas are, indeed, the business. But, up until now,  you'd have to schlep all the way to Chiswick or Brixton and Hot Dinners are, frankly, too lazy to go that far for pizza.

So we were really pleased to hear the news th…

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Holy cow! NY restaurant offers diners chance to buy handbag made from animal they've just eaten

Here in London we have nose-to-tail eating courtesy of St John's, but we're a tad behind our friends across the Pond who've taken the concept of using the whole animal that one step further. Marlow & Sons, an upmarket restaurant in Williamsburg, New York is offering diners the opportunity to buy a handbag made with the hide of the cow they've just eaten.

According to the New York Post, bag des…

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Jason Atherton and Simon Rogan pair up for Good Food Guide dinner

If you were inspired by Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan's TV restaurant tour The Trip, you might want to schedule a trip of your own next month to one of the restaurants featured on the show, L'Enclume.

As part of the 60th anniversary of the Good Food Guide, L'Enclume's Head chef Simon Rogan will be pairing up with Jason Atherton to host a special evening at his Cartmel restaurant deep in the heart of…

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Raymond Blanc and Bruno Loubet team up for charity dinner at The Zetter

They were last seen in a kitchen together for the 10-10-10 lunch during London Restaurant Festival, now Raymond Blanc is returning to the kitchens at Bistrot Bruno Loubet for a special charity lunch in aid of Hospitality Action.

Raymond and Bruno, who worked together at Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons, will put on a special four-course menu which - together with wine and a champagne and canapé recepti…

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Bruno Loubet planning to open second London restaurant

Hurrah and huzzah! Bruno Loubet, whose Bistrot Bruno Loubet won Best of the Bunch in Hot Dinner's 2010 Awards, is apparently already looking to open a second restaurant. It's barely a year since Loubet returned to London to launch his restaurant at the Zetter Hotel with partners Mark Sainsbury and Michael Benyan. Now, as he tells trade title Big Hospitality, he's looking to open a restaurant outsi…

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She’s worked with Gordon Ramsay and endured the challenges of Iron Chef, now Judy Joo is taking on the kitchens at the new Playboy Club in London. The club’s member-only restaurant, called The Dining Room, will be fine dining and designed by Jestico and Whiles who were responsible for Hakkasan.

‘My goal is to create a unique gastronomic experience that complements the club,' said Judy, adding that…

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Fred and the Magic Touch – Hot Dinners interviews Fred Sirieix

Hot Dinners caught up with Fred Sirieix, General Manager of Galvin at Windows to talk about his passion for good service and the all-important Magic Touch.…

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Bistro du Vin opens in Clerkenwell with Danielle from Service as sommelier

We've been a fan of Hotel du Vin since the earliest days of the boutique hotel chain, when Robin Hutson (now at Lime Wood) and Gerard Basset (2010's World's Best Sommelier) opened their first place in Winchester. Now we learn that the group is to open its first standalone Bistro du Vin in Clerkenwell this April and has secured the services of Danielle Meenagh - one of the scholarship winners from…

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Westbury Hotel lures Marcus Wareing's head chef to open restaurant

The competition amongst London hotels to have the hottest chefs working in their restaurants ramped up this month when Heston Blumenthal opened at the Mandarin Oriental. But other establishments aren't rolling over and playing dead just yet.

The Westbury in Mayfair - a hotel not known for its food to date - has scored something of a coup in enticing Marcus Wareing's head chef Alyn Williams to move…

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Hot Dinners has Dinner by Heston - London's biggest restaurant opening of 2011

It must be emotionally draining to open a restaurant burdened with the high expectations that Dinner by Heston has had, and certainly Blumenthal and head chef Ashley Palmer Watts looked both exhausted and elated when we dined there on opening week. As well they might - for this restaurant has clearly been a labour of love for the pair of them. The attention to detail, from the historical influence…

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Gordon Ramsay's charity pop-up this Friday on Brick Lane

Take an extra long lunch break tomorrow (Friday 4th February) and head down to Brick Lane where Gordon Ramsay will be volunteering his services at a pop-up curry stall in aid of Red Nose Day 2011.

Ramsay, who's releasing a range of Comic Relief’s Seriously Good Indian sauces for this year's appeal, will be on the stall at Ely's Yard, Brick Lane E1 between 1pm and 2pm on Friday. The stall itself wi…

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London gets first champagne enomatic at Galoupet in Knightsbridge

Hot Dinners can still remember how excited we were the first time we got to put the enomatic machine at Selfridges Wonder Bar through its paces (and are in mourning for the disappearance of Bar Pepito's machine). So we're counting the days until the opening of new Knightsbridge restaurant Galoupet which will feature the aptly-named Flute - London's first champagne enomatic machine.

The Flute will…

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