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Ledbury and Marcus Wareing make the top 5 in Sunday Times Food List

There's going to be a lot of discussion this week over the Sunday Times' publication today (Sunday 31 October) of its Food List - a list of the Top 100 restaurants in the UK, in conjunction with Harden's guides.

Two London restaurants have made the Top 5 - The Ledbury and Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley, while a further 57 London places found their way into the top 100.

The results were voted for b…

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From Tuscany to Tinello – talking to Max and Federico Sali

Hot Dinners caught up with brothers Max and Federico Sali the week they opened Tinello, their first joint venture in Pimlico...…

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Gordon’s Right Hand Man: Stuart Gillies interview

Hot Dinners talks to Gordon Ramsay's right-hand man Stuart Gillies about the reopening of the Savoy Grill and life at Gordon Ramsay Holdings.…

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Exclusive: Gordon Ramsay’s One New Change restaurant Bread Street Kitchen to open in 2011

After much speculation that Gordon Ramsay’s new restaurant at the One New Change development would be a second version of his Heathrow eaterie Plane Food, Hot Dinners can exclusively reveal that it will be called Bread Street Kitchen and open 26 September 2011.

In an interview with Hot Dinners, in which he also talked about the Savoy Grill reopening and the recent departure of Gordon Ramsay Holdin…

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Twitter is buzzing with people wondering what on earth provoked Gordon Ramsay's business mentor and father-in-law Chris Hutcheson to walk out on Gordon Ramsay Holdings last week. 'Everyone wants to know what the Ramsay/Hutcheson story is,' tweeted restaurant guide owner Richard Harden. 'We don't know. We don't know anyone who knows. Nothing beyond surmise. At all.'

The news broke on Monday that Hut…

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Hugh Hefner returns to London to open Playboy Club in Mayfair

We can't tell whether this is a sign that we're all going to hell in a handbasket, or that London - despite the Spending Review - is booming, but Hugh Hefner is returning to these shores to reopen the Playboy Club in London.

Why should this be a story on Hot Dinners? Well, because the club will apparently feature a restaurant...as well as a members' club, gambling tables and a private gambling sal…

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2010 London Restaurant Festival Awards - the winners

Rising stars of London’s restaurant industry joined seasoned pros as the London Restaurant Festival 2010 came to a glittering conclusion last night.

Casual Soho eateries mingled with fine dining legends at the London Restaurant Festival Awards in Spitalfields Market, which marked the end of the two-week long festival. And what a success it was: during the last two weeks, over 25,000 festival menus…

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London Chocolate Week tasting at L'Artisan Du Chocolat

This week, London had a sweet and creamy answer to those tired out by the hedonistic pleasures of London cocktail week – the simultaneous celebration of London Chocolate Week.

Some enterprising bars chose to combine the two with chocolate flavoured cocktails and liqueurs, but for the true cocoa lover, there was only one place to head – your local chocolate shop.

Acclaimed master chocolatiers L’Art…

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Observer Food Monthly Awards 2010 winners announced

The great and the greedy turned out last night for the annual Observer Food Monthly awards at the Freemasons Hall in Covent Garden. Hot Dinners spotted chefs Pierre Koffmann, Benares' Atul Kocchar and Franceso Mazzei from Anima in the crowd.

Another familiar face was Edinburgh's Tom Kitchin who was making his second trip to the capital in as many weeks, this time to pick up the award for Best Rest…

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Jamie Oliver wants more women chefs in top restaurantsHe's a busy chap is Jamie Oliver - not only was he working too hard to accept his award for Best Food Personality at the Observer Food Monthly Awards last night because he was filming in Yorkshire, now we learn that he's just signed a deal to write a vegetarian cookbook.

In a webchat with parenting website Mumsnet this morning Oliver announced; 'I'm gonna do a big veggie bible in the next year. I j…

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Tanqueray hold a dinner for London Cocktail WeekAs sore heads all over town celebrate another London Cocktail Week, classic gin brand Tanqueray kept the drinks flowing with an upscale dinner at Babylon Restaurant at the Kensington Roof Gardens.

Master Distiller Tom Nichol hosted an intimate dinner for around 20 guests, designed around an inventive cocktail menu showcasing Tanqueray to its full, heady effect.

From champagne cocktails on the terr…

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Is French cuisine a spent force? The Big Debate reviewed

Have you ever arrived back from enjoying the delightful boulangeries and charcuteries of France, only to be greeted in Gatwick by the depressing smell of “abattoir slurry” that, according to food critic Jonathan Meades, is the trademark of a mass-produced Cornish Pasty? For people like Meades, returning to England from a country which boasts cuisine that sets the bench mark for fine dining only re…

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Exclusive: Inside look on what to expect at Dinner by Heston BlumenthalThere's really no competition: 2011's most anticipated restaurant by a city mile has got to be Heston Blumenthal's new restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental in Knightsbridge. So when Hot Dinners bumped into Heston and the new restaurant's head chef Ashley Palmer Watts in London last week, we simply had to pump them for information on the new opening (on January 29, 2011).

Luckily for us, instead of…

Read more: Exclusive: Inside look on what to expect at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Preparing Heston's Blumenthal's Dinner - an exclusive interview with Ashley Palmer Watts

Hot Dinners gets a red-hot exclusive on what we can expect at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal from its Head Chef Ashley Palmer Watts…

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Ledbury ousts The Fat Duck as UK's No 1 restaurantNotting Hill restaurant The Ledbury has ousted The Fat Duck from its spot as National Restaurant of the Year, according to Restaurant Magazine. In their 2010 awards, announced in London tonight, The Ledbury beat The Fat Duck and newcomer Bistro Bruno Loubet to the top spot.

The Ledbury jumped from last year's position at 31 to topple The Fat Duck from its position as No 1. Other newcomers were Bist…

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