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David Baddiel to host top chef charity do following Jamie Oliver chef's suicide

An incredibly starry line-up of chefs is turning out at the end of the month for a charity do to raise fund for CALM, the charity working to reduce the high suicide rate amongst men under 35. The event at Floridita on Wardour Street on 30 April will see chefs Alyn Williams, Ben Spalding (late of Roganic), Jose Pizarro, Mark Poynton (Restaurant Alimentum, Cambridge), Mickael Weiss (Coq D'Argent) Ru…

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Burning the hay - we take a cooking lesson at North Road

Michelin starred Danish restaurant North Road has just started cooking lessons.  We popped along to try our hand in its kitchen.…

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Chicken and steak on the menu at Hix at the Tramshed

(Updated 3 April with more details.)

Mark Hix has launched a fair few ventures in the last few years, but one of them has caused more trouble than the others. His project at the Tramshed in Shoreditch has been beset by planning problems and at one time looked like it wasn't going to happen at all.

But now, everything has been sorted out and Hix at the Tramshed is back on track and due to open in…

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Nicola Horlick teams up with Trinity's Adam Byatt to open Barnes restaurant Georgina's

She was the City's original superwoman - the mother of six who also held down one of the financial world's top paying jobs. Now Nicola Horlick is turning to food and opening a cafe/restaurant in leafy Barnes village. So city slicker turned restaurateur - not much new in that you may be thinking - but Nicola's venture sounds worthy of a closer look, namely because she's got top London chef Adam Bya…

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Ben Spalding announces his departure from Roganic

So the big news this weekend was the announcement by Roganic's Head Chef Ben Spalding of his departure from the restaurant. Spalding, who left Roganic on Friday tweeted the following day; "To set any rumours straight- I have made the very hard decision to leave Roganic to spend more time with my young family and pursue my dream of opening my own restaurant. Very grateful to every single member of…

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Gregg Wallace's plans for Maltby Street Market

[Updated 12.00pm - Yes, you guessed it - this was our April Fool]

Undaunted by critical reaction to his new restaurant in Bermondsey, Gregg Wallace is taking to the streets. Hot Dinners hears that Wallace's decision to open a restaurant so close to London's cooler-than-the-cool-crowd Maltby St Market was just the first salvo in his campaign to take over the burgeoning street scene.

It's no secret…

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Richard Corrigan and Darina Allen booked for Selfridges' Delicious Ireland event

A range of top chefs (and world-famous cooks) will be heading to London next month for a special event to celebrate the best of Irish food. Selfridges is putting on the three week Delicious Ireland from 10th to 29th April turning their famous Food Hall into a home away from home for 50 of Ireland’s finest artisan producers.

Chefs turning up to host cookery demonstrations will include London-based…

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New wine tasting menus for Anna Hansen's Modern Pantry

Having enjoyed Anna Hansen's dishes at her recent collaboration with Atul Kochhar at Benares, we're keen to try more of her food and the launch of a series of wine tasting menus at her Clerkenwell restaurant, The Modern Pantrymay tempt us to do just that. The menu for the first one - a Riesling Spring Tasting Menu (printed below) sounds frankly marvellous and with four small glasses of w…

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Best afternoon tea in London award for 2012 goes to The Athenaeum Hotel

Looking for a top spot to take a bit of afternoon tea? You could do worse than trying The Athenaeum Hotel on Piccadilly which has just picked up a gong from the Tea Guild for 2012's Best Afternoon tea in London.

The hotel serves up two teas - an Evergreen Tea for £35 which includes a glass of Rose Petal Champagne, the usual finger sarnies, orange blossom scones and a selection of pastries includin…

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Pizarro launches Sunday brunches with Iberico burger and starts reservations

May the gods that look down on London's diners be praised - one London chef has decided to take pity on those who hate walk-ins only restaurants and start taking reservations.

José Pizarro's Pizarro on Bermondsey Street will now take reservations for any lunchtime table during the week. Plus, if you’re a party of 6 to 10 people you can reserve the big table at the back or the Private Dining Room a…

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London Adam & Eve gastropub serves up pizza saltier than the sea

Would you Adam and Eve it? (sorry - we honestly couldn't help ourselves) A pizza spot, the Adam & Eve gastropub in North London has hit the headlines for selling a pizza saltier than seawater.

The poor old pizzeria in Mill Hill was told two days ago that they'd been mentioned by name in a survey by the Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) and the Association of London Environmental Healt…

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Vinoteca Soho to open on Beak Street

[Updated 26th April 2012]

Following hard on the heels of the opening of their second spot in Marylebone, the team behind Vinoteca will be opening a third restaurant in Soho next month. Vinoteca Soho wine bar, dining room and wine shop will open at 53-55 Beak Street from May 14.

The Soho branch will be on two floors - a ground floor bar seating 45 will be an all-day dining space from 12pm - 11pm. T…

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Texture's Agnar Sverrisson and Xavier Rousset to open second 28-50 wine bar in Marylebone this June

[Updated 15/5/12 - Reservations are now open on 0207 725 1330]

The pair behind Michelin-starred restaurant Texture have announced plans to expand their wine-bar offshoot 28°-50° to Marylebone this summer. Agnar Sverrisson and Xavier Rousset - chef and sommelier respectively - will open their second bar on Marylebone Lane in early June. The first 28°-50° opened on New Fetter Lane back in 2010 and h…

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When Bar Boulud London opened, it quickly became known for featuring some of the best burgers in London, and Hot Dinners has personally tried them enough times to be able to say they're worth the plaudits.

Last week, Daniel Boulud was back in London to launch the latest addition to the menu - the BB Burger, the first new burger since the restaurant opened in 2010.  The BB Burger is a relation…

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Street Kitchen to run Riverford Organic Sunday lunch pop up in Battersea

A few summers ago we had the great good fortune to be one of the lucky few at a Riverford Organic roving restaurant event which turned an urban farm in Islington into a buccolic English dining spot. Back then, owner Guy Watson told us he expected to be opening a permanent place in London within eighteen months. Well he's back in London, although it's not with a full-time restaurant but a four week…

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