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Trishna's new chef launches Not Your Average Curry Night

It's not usually advisable to accept an invitation to any event on a Monday night which involves tasting 30 different wines, but when Hot Dinners found out we'd be helping put together the final drinks list for a regular drinks-pairing event at Trishna, we couldn't turn down the invitation.

Not Your Average Curry Night was dreamt up to launch Trishna's new Head Chef on to the London scene. North L…

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World-famous butcher Dario Cecchini hosts dinner at Fifteen London

It seems wrong describing someone as Butcher To The Stars, but that's a good description of Dario Cecchini. Just google him and you'll find out that Elton John once paid him $2500 for a single steak and his fans include everyone from Prince Charles to Manhattan celebrity chef Mario Batali . You may also remember him from Bill Buford's excellent book, Heat.

So forgive us if we're rather stage-struc…

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Claude Bosi teams up with Sat Bains and Noma's René Redzepi

Hibiscus chef Claude Bosi's clearly a popular fellow, teaming up with not one but two Michelin-starred chefs for a couple of unmissable dinners - a sort of cheffy BOGOF if you like - over the next two months.

First up is an evening with Claude Bosi and Sat Bains at Hibiscus on Monday 14th March. This event is to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Good Food Guide. Hot Dinners was told that Claud…

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How to get a table at Dinner by Heston

If you're starting to get a little irritated (or plain jealous) reading all the critics' glowing reviews for Dinner by Heston when you despair of ever getting hold of a table there, we think may have found an answer.

According to a Hot Dinners' mole eating at Dinner last week, there's been a conscious decision taken by the Mandarin Oriental not to turn tables yet. So anyone who has an early dinner…

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Château Lafite for a fiver at the Laithwaites Lucky Dip

Here's a date to put in the diary if you're partial to particularly good wines. On the 26th March, following the success of last year's event, Laithwaites wine company are holding their second Laithwaites Wine Annual Lucky Dip.

The idea's pretty simple. Members of the public pop along to The Arch at London's Vinopolis complex, buy a Lucky Dip ticket for £5 and, if they're particularly lucky, end u…

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Richard Corrigan's St Patrick's Day culinary celebration

March is just around the corner, which means all celtic-blooded people in London ought to be in training for the annual festival of the Irish, St Patrick's Day. Now while Hot Dinners has nothing but pure Irish blood flowing in our veins, we've grown to prefer mixing our marathon Guinness tasting with a little food (old age and all that). And what better place could there be to do just that than he…

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The path to the opening of Russell Norman's new venture Spuntino has been anything but smooth. Originally intended to open in the summer of last year, the project stalled to due to lease issues and was overtaken by the opening of Polpetto. At that point, Polpo's chef Tom Oldroyd told Hot Dinners that Spuntino would have 'a downtown New York/Brooklyn feel - American/Italian diner style.'

Well now t…

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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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