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Food scribes celebrate at the Guild of Food Writers awards

We've been covering awards for the young and upcoming recently but last night was a chance for the more seasoned members of food world to get glammed up and give each other gongs. The Guild of Food Writer awards are some of the most prestigious in the business and cover everything from writing restaurant reviews to cookbooks.

Double winners included Tim Hayward for the quarterly Fire & Knives…

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The Calf pub pops-up in Stratford Westfield for the Olympics

Just in time for the Olympics, Geronimo Inns is opening a pop-up pub inside Westfield Stratford. They already have The Cow which overlooks the Olympic site, but The Calf (geddit?) will be inside the shopping centre and will run for six months from 1 June 2012.

Disdaining the current trend for cocktails in jam jars, The Calf will serve theirs in milk bottles. But you can also go for wine or real al…

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YBF Awards name Britain's rising stars of the food world

For the second time in a week, Hot Dinners found themselves in a room of gilded youth all connected with the food industry. Last week it was Zagat's 30 under 30, this week we were celebrating the inaugural Young British Foodies awards (aka the YBFs).

Held in Camden behind the York & Albany, last night's bash was very much about the current food scene, bringing in mixologists, food events as we…

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Polpo Smithfield incoming - Russell Norman to open latest restaurant in July

[Updated - for the opening preview deal details - click here]

A bit like James Goldsmith's saying about mistresses, whenever Russell Norman opens a restaurant he creates a vacuum for London foodies to start obsessing about what he'll do next. So the minute Mishkin's opened its doors in Covent Garden, Twitter began to buzz about where he'd go next. Well this morning we have that answer for you - Ru…

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South Bank steak - Test Driving Gillray's at County Hall

We head along to the South Bank to try a 1kg steak at Gillray's. the revamped bar and restaurant at the Marriott County Hall.…

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Dehesa in Soho extend terrace and introduce weekly barbecues

While the weather holds, you should think about popping down for the first Basque-style barbecue from Salt Yard Group's Dehesa on Ganton Street, just off Carnaby Street, tonight. They've just extended their outside terrace on to Kingly Street as well, making it the largest terrace in Soho apparently. 

The really good news is you can book ahead and request a terrace table, so unless they're ja…

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Zagat unveils 30 under 30 foodie list

It's all about the young uns at the moment. Next week we have the announcement of the Young British Foodies and last night was the reveal of Zagat's 30 under 30. It's a list they've done regularly in the States - but this is their first UK version - in which they highlight the most promising chefs, mixologists, sommeliers and more who "represent the future of the English restaurant industry.” …

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Piccadilly to close for Jubilee street party

[Updated 24/5/12 with more picnic food details]

The whole of Piccadilly from Piccadilly Circus to St James will close on Sunday 3rd June 2012 for the one of the biggest street parties of the Jubilee weekend. The Big Jubilee Lunch will see Londoners either bringing their own lunch to enjoy at trestle tables along the road, or buying food from stalls and shops along Piccadilly.

Supporting the event…

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Free beer and pizza masterclasses in Islington, Bloomsbury and Tower Bridge

We thought that headline might grab your attention. It's always pleasing when the adage 'There's no such thing as a free lunch' turns out to be utter bunkum.

Thanks to the generous souls at Birra Moretti, some lucky Londoners will get the chance to have a better than average lunchtime with gourmet pizza masterclasses popping up at three locations over the summer.

Italian chef Giancarlo Caldesi wil…

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A first look at Sushisamba, opening at the top of the Heron Tower

As the weather finally perks up in London, what better time to hear of a new restaurant with not one but two spectacular terraces? We've known that SUSHISAMBA was opening at the top of the Heron tower (just opposite Liverpool Street) for a while but this is our first chance to find out what's planned (along with some artist's imagery).

The two terraces will flank the restaurant and both promise to…

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Greg Malouf announces supperclub dates for Petersham

We're sure that Petersham Nurseries Cafe is a fabulous place to go for lunch, but having only tried it for a special dinner we can say there's something quite magical about eating there in the evening with the room illuminated by candlelight.

Happily this is now something you can experience for yourself as Head Chef Greg Malouf has just announced a series of Saturday night supperclubs at the nurse…

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Mark Hix tells us all about Tramshed in Shoreditch

With Chef Mark Hix’s latest venture Tramshed finally here, Hot Dinners were invited for a behind-the-scenes look at the man in action just days before the restaurant's official opening to the public.

Climbing over furniture, boxes and squeezing our way past busy chefs and restaurant staff, we spy Mark standing underneath a Damien Hirst original piece, commissioned exclusively for Tramshed. A large…

Read more: Mark Hix tells us all about Tramshed in Shoreditch

Ten Bells to open with ex-Ledbury chef heading up kitchen

One of our favourite restaurants, the Young Turks at the Ten Bells went out with a blaze of glory last month. But all is not lost. Most of the crew are returning to the scene of their triumph next month with a revised offering.

The new Upstairs at The Ten Bells, which opens on Friday 22 June, will feature - from the original team - chef Isaac McHale with Daniel and Johnny from The Clove Club work…

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Pitt Cue Co returning to the South Bank in June

Pitt Cue Co. was one of the biggest hits of last Summer and has since gone on to be even more of a success as a restaurant in Soho. And now the trailer's being cleaned up, ready for a triumphant return to the South Bank in June.

Hot Dinners caught up with Pitt Cue Co's Tom Adams to find out what's in store for the coming months.

"Thea, our assistant manager, and Fred, one of our chefs will be runn…

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Three star dining - we try Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester

It's one of only four three Michelin starred restaurants in the UK - we went to see what makes it rank so highly.…

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