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A-list chef turnout for Michelin Editor's retirement partyThere was an astonishingly A-list chef turnout last night at Brown's Hotel at a party for the retiring Editor of the Michelin Guide, Derek Bulmer. Brown's, as Bulmer explained, was chosen as it was the hotel he'd been working in over 30 years ago when he read the job advert from Michelin which changed his life.

Hot Dinners saw Claude Bosi, Pierre Koffmann, Heston Blumenthal, Gary Rhodes, Tom Aiken…

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Visitors to this year's Frieze Art Fair in Regent's Park won't have a problem finding somewhere good to eat, when all that deciding which modern masterpiece will look best over the fireplace gives them an appetite. In addition to Mark Hix's pop-up Hix Oyster Bar & Restaurant which will run for the duration of the fair (7-10 October 2010), Sketch's Pierre Gagnaire will also be cooking for the f…

Read more: Mark Hix and Pierre Gagnaire headline chefs at London Frieze

Getting your 5-a-day with the Innocent pop-up cafe in Old Street

Hot Dinners popped down last night to the Tramshed in Old Street to the launch of London's latest pop-up - the Innocent 5 for 5 Cafe.

With food created by TV chef Gizzi Erskine, the pop up is a full-on healthy affair, with a meal there designed to complete your 5 a day requirements.  Gizzi told us; "The whole point of the Five for Five thing is that we're doing 2 courses for £5 and in your two cou…

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There was a frisson of excitement at last night's launch of the Savoy Truffle Club's London Restaurant Festival pop-up when chef Gavin Billenness's heavily pregnant wife (who'd greeted us all at the start of the evening) went into labour. She rushed off to hospital, closely followed by Gavin who, total trouper that he was, had stayed until the main course was served before making his way to his wi…

Read more: The Savoy Truffle Club London Restaurant Pop-up reviewed

Oxo Tower unveils plans for new riverfront bar opening in November

For a city with a whacking great river running through it, London is pretty poorly served with riverfront bars. So we're relatively excited to hear about the OXO Tower's plans to launch a new bar this November.

The current bar sits behind the restaurant and away from the river. This new bar will boast its own stunning views over London and St Paul’s. We particularly like the sound of the reservabl…

Read more: Oxo Tower unveils plans for new riverfront bar opening in November

It's been a good year for Spitalfields restaurant Galvin La Chapelle. In May it was chosen as Tatler's Best Restaurant. In June it won best overall designed restaurant at the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards and Best New Restaurant from the Craft Guild of Chefs. Just two weeks ago it picked up Best Newcomer from the Zagat Guide. And just last night it won Best London Restaurant at the AA Hospita…

Read more: Galvin La Chapelle is AA Guide's Best London Restaurant

Critics to cook at London Restaurant Festival's Street KitchenAt Pearl Restaurant last night for an evening hosted by chef Jun Tanaka for Action Against Hunger, we discovered another date to put in your diary over the London Restaurant Festival.

We've already talked about (and tried) some of the food that Jun will be serving up at his Street Kitchen, now we hear that on Thursday 7 October 2010 there will be three special sous-chefs in the kitchen over the af…

Read more: Critics to cook at London Restaurant Festival's Street Kitchen

Five minutes with Polpetto chef Tom Oldroyd

Hot Dinners grabs five minutes with Polpetto chef Tom Oldroyd to find out why his Venetian small dishes are a big hit in Soho.…

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Polpetto, Russell Norman's latest venture, lives up to the hype

After last year's hugely successful launch of Polpo - the immediately popular Venetian bacarro by way of New York - there was almost immediate speculation on what restaurateur Russell Norman would come up with next. The answer eventually came that he was going to be opening Spuntino in Autumn, when suddenly Norman surprised everyone when he announced on Twitter that his third restaurant was on the…

Read more: Polpetto, Russell Norman's latest venture, lives up to the hype

Jason Atherton announces two night charity pop-up for LRF 2010We're already excited about the upcoming London Restaurant Festival (4-18 October) - what with the supper clubs, festival menus and special events. Now there's one more reason to look forward it - news that Jason Atherton will be running a special festival pop-up restaurant.

Atherton is the former head chef of Maze who left Gordon Ramsay Holdings in Spring to start work on his first solo venture -…

Read more: Jason Atherton announces two night charity pop-up for LRF 2010

More details have been released today about the opening of Brawn, the new restaurants from the owners of Covent Garden's Terroirs. Brawn, which will be located at 49 Columbia Road will be open daily and serve breakfast from 8am on Sundays for the flower market.

Head chef is Owen Kenworthy who's been working in the kitchens at Terroirs for the past year and includes The Wolseley and Galvin Bistrot d…

Read more: Terroirs owners head east to open new Brawn restaurant in Columbia Road

Trying out the burger menu at Corrigan's Mayfair

When Richard Corrigan tweeted the other week that he'd just launched a new all-burger tasting menu at his Mayfair restaurant Corrigan's, well we felt honour-bound to try it out. So we snagged an invite to the launch to check it out for you, dear readers (selfless - us?).

Served in the bar area - either up at the counter or at one of the smaller tables - the new menu consists of a choice of five bu…

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ActionAid launch Millione Rosé at Shoreditch HouseAn eclectic group of actors, comics and reality TV stars gathered at Shoreditch House last night to launch ActionAid's Millione Rosé - the £7.99 wine of which £1 of each bottle sold will be used to build schools in Sierra Leone. Having drunk quite a few glasses of it, Hot Dinners can report that Millione is a very palatable blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Jerry Lockspeiser, a long-time supporte…

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Super Natural pop-up cafe launches in South KensingtonWe rather like the sound of the Super Natural pop-up project in South Kensington. Part of London Design Week 2010 it's part installation, part sensory overload and part café aimed at celebrating the art of foraging in the English countryside.

The installation is Mrs Tee's Mushrooms which reflects the work of top mushroomer Brigitte Tee who's been supplying London's best restaurants with fungi for m…

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