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First London Restaurant Festival Awards results

To Shoreditch last night for the inaugural London Restaurant Festival Awards where the great and the good of London’s restaurant scene – and Hot Dinners – gathered to celebrate the best of the bunch. Fay Maschler had promised us awards which  would ‘reward attributes like bravery, passion, discovery, ceremony, wit and warmth.’ Among the guests there we spotted critics Giles Coren and Tracy Macleod…

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Ferran Adria hints at fewer El Bulli tables to come

To the Restaurant Show at Earls Court today where celebrated chef Ferran Adria from El Bulli had words to strike fear into anyone who's still trying to get a reservation at his restaurant. It seems that Adria has been in talks with his El Bulli colleagues about the future of the restaurant and one option is to make the whole thing more intense. In practical terms, that may mean opening the restaur…

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Top chefs cook Sunday lunch at the London Restaurant Festival's Big Roast

Another landmark event at this year's London Restaurant Festival was The Big Roast, held this Sunday at Leadenhall Market.  Nine of the city's top chefs got together to cook Sunday lunch for hundreds of people lucky enough to get a ticket.  With all of those involved personally overseeing all the cooking, it was a good opportunity to see some of London's leading chefs in action. Hot Dinners went a…

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All aboard – Hot Dinners takes the Pall Mall Gourmet Odyssey bus

Who could resist the idea of having a meal where every course is served by a different London restaurant and the mode of transport between each is the much-beloved Routemaster bus?

Clearly, plenty of foodies were attracted to the idea of a Gourmet Odyssey – one of the key events of this year’s London Restaurant Festival – with crowds milling around the Metropolitan Hotel reception yesterday mornin…

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Chocolate Unwrapped at the May Fair Hotel

In between feasting with the great and the good at the London Restaurant Festival, Hot Dinners spent an all-too-brief hour to do the rounds at Chocolate Unwrapped – the public-facing part of National Chocolate Week.

Held at London’s May Fair hotel, it featured talks and tastings from a variety of chocolatiers. We caught most of a talk by the charismatic Paul A Young, whose book on chocolate – Adve…

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Starter for 10: Critics vs chefs at Vinopolis

Hot Dinners rounded up yesterday’s coverage of London Restaurant Festival events at the Starter for Ten Quiz at Vinopolis which pitted critics against chefs. In the quizmaster’s chair was none other than Bamber Gascoigne, who claimed kinship with LRF co-founder Fay Maschler as it was his uncle Quentin Crewe whose position at the Evening Standard’s restaurant critic Fay took over, way back in 1972.…

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Pierre Koffmann's Selfridge's pop-up restaurant launches

Hot Dinners reports back from lunch at Pierre Koffmann's pop-up reincarnation of Tante Claire, high on the rooftop of London's Selfridges store.

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Quaglino's hosts London Restaurant Festival opening party

The first London Restaurant Festival opened in style last night with a glitzy party at London’s revamped Quaglino’s restaurant, hosted by Vanity Fair. Chefs and celebs were in attendance – as were the restaurant’s famous cigarette girls, brought back for the evening by D&D London.

Among the guests scarfing down canapés such as H Forman smoked salmon on pumpernickel, boudin of pike and lobster…

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Hard on the heels of the London Restaurant Festival comes Chocolate Week (hoorah!). So put off that pre-Christmas diet a moment longer, and book yourself in for a divinely decadent chocolate dinner at the May Fair hotel.

The six course dinner on Saturday October 10th in the hotel's Amba restaurant has been devised by two great London chefs, Tristan Welch from Launceston Place and Maria Elia from W…

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Five minutes with Tom Peake, gastropub owner

Hot Dinners caught up recently with Renaissance Pubs’ Tom Peake at the reopening of the group’s Abbeville gastropub in Clapham to discover a few cunning tricks to think of if you’re considering following in their footsteps.

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Aqua opening, influential restaurateurs and more news...

Brushing aside worries about the recession, three Soho restaurants launched last week: Aqua, Polpo and Hix.

Polpo, a Venetian Bacaro, has had promising early reviews and seems primed to become a Soho staple.  We're yet to hear any real word on Hix, his second restaurant in town and run by chef Kevin Gratton, ex head-chef of Caprice.  If you've experienced Hix's latest, we'd love to hear from you o…

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The Ambitious Man – Hot Dinners talks to Marcus Wareing

Hot Dinners catches up with Marcus Wareing to discuss awards, ambition and that spat with Gordon Ramsay.…

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Marcus Wareing has capped off a spectacular year by winning the Chef's Chef of the Year Award at this year's 2010 AA Hospitality Awards.

The AA award, 'the icing on the cake' as Wareing told Hot Dinners, is voted for by the 1800 chefs whose establishments appear in the guide. When we asked him how he was feeling, Wareing said; 'It’s quite special because your peers have voted for you and because I…

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Celeb haunt and general impossible-to-get-a-reservation-if-you're-not-Simon-Cowell restaurant, The Ivy, has just announced it's going to take on a capsule on the London Eye over the London Restaurant Festival. The Ivy's dinner will take place on 14th October 2009.

Ten lucky diners, whose winning bid secures them the capsule, will enjoy a menu specially created by Alan Bird, Executive Chef of The I…

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Another River Cafe restaurant is planned for London

The biggest recent restaurant news is that Ruth Rogers and Rose Gray of the River Cafe, one of the places most often cited by critics as their favourite place to eat in London, are seriously considering opening a second restaurant. In an interview with the Evening Standard, Rogers said: ‘We would like to open another now, in London. We've been asked to go to New York but it'll be here. We haven't…

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