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A whole host of top chefs were to be found in the City this morning as Action against Hunger held its charity breakfast at Le Coq D’Argent to launch its Fight Hunger/Eat Out campaign. Hot Dinners spotted Giorgio Locatelli, Marcus Wareing and Oliver Rowe among the chefs giving their support to this good cause.

Head chef of the group was clearly Raymond Blanc who told Hot Dinners he was passionate a…

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Proud Camden has just announced it's launching a New York-inspired restaurant in the bar/live music space's South Gallery in Camden Market this November.

Proud Kitchen opens in Camden on 11 November. Billed as a 'chic alternative to market stalls and chains' it'll offer breakfast, lunch and dinner menus - created by chef Finlay Logan. As this is Camden we're talking about, expect smoked tofu wraps…

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El Bulli chef opens first branch of Durius River Cafe in LondonHe's described by Wikipedia as a disciple of Ferran Adria. Now Sergi Arola, the El-Bulli trained chef, and owner of two Michelin stars in his own right for his restaurant Gastro in Madrid, has quietly opened a wine restaurant in London.

Situated on the banks of the Thames, opposite the Tate Modern and beside High Timber restaurant, the Durius Cafe is the fifth in a chain of cafes which were first…

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It’s fast becoming known as ‘Currygate’ – the moment at which pop star Lily Allen took on Labour leader candidate David Miliband over his choice of London’s best restaurant. The exchange on Twitter was prompted by Miliband Senior’s decision to pick Camden’s Masala Zone as the best restaurant in London.

Asked about the best meal he’d had in London, Miliband replied; ‘I had a fantastic takeaway from…

Read more: Currygate: what are politicians' favourite London restaurants?

Jason Atherton confirms January opening for Pollen Street Social

Former Maze chef Jason Atherton has confirmed a January opening for his new restaurant Pollen Street Social, which will be just off Hanover Square.

In a release issued today Atherton said he's 'been dreaming about opening my own restaurant for nearly 20 years and am thrilled to have found this great site in the heart of Mayfair, a place that I love being part of.'

Pollen Street Social will feature…

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Wolfgang Puck confirms Cut steakhouse for London

Is London ready for another steakhouse? Coming just after another American company Goodman opened its second UK branch in the City to general acclaim, we hear that Los Angeles chef to the stars, Wolfgang Puck, has confirmed he’s also heading over to London.

In an interview this week, Wolfgang was quoted as saying; ‘We’re opening a Cut steakhouse in London’ which confirms stories earlier this year…

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Top Roman chef to open seafood restaurant in London

Top Italian chef Massimo Riccioli is heading for London to open a branch of his renowned restaurant La Rosetta - which has been serving up top-class seafood to the Romans since it first opened in 1966.

Riccoli will launch a fish and seafood restaurant in new five-star hotel The Corinthia, which is opening up on Whitehall Place in early 2011. He was last in town back in June cooking the welcome mea…

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French Laundry chef opens patisserie at Harvey Nicks

Fresh from the excitement brought on by last night’s Great British Bake Off, Hot Dinners is in a dreamy cake state of mind with the news that patisserie chef Claire Clark, formerly of the French Laundry (widely agreed to be one of the best restaurants in the world) is opening a mini-patisserie on the Fifth Floor at Harvey Nicks for two months.

Showing the utmost restraint, by not referring to it i…

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Nobu Berkeley’s days as London's number one celebrity dinner spot may be numbered now that Hakkasan has announced the opening of its second restaurant in Mayfair, just around the corner in Bruton Street, off Berkeley Square.

Hakkasan Mayfair, which opens this November, will be slightly bigger than its Hanway Street sibling with a 145-seater restaurant in the basement (including a private dining ro…

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Stop everything – and put 15 October 2010 in your diary. That’s when the booking lines for Heston Blumenthal’s first London restaurant open. The restaurant itself, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, will be opening its doors on 1 December 2010. The number to put on speed dial for then is 0207 201 3833.

Key news from today’s press release includes the details of two set meals for budget-conscious diners…

Read more: Opening date announced for Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

There’s been a lot of speculation (well at least Hot Dinners was wondering) which chefs would be taking part in this year’s London Restaurant Festival’s 10:10:10 event – where 10 London chefs work alongside their out-of-town counterparts to create a special Sunday lunch on the 10th October. Today the full list was revealed, and there are some very exciting pairings to look forward to:

Alain Roux -…

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Some journalists may be sick of pop-ups but we're not really bothered what they're called, as long as they keep the London restaurant industry exciting. So we like the sound of a new pop-up restaurant (or ephemeral eaterie - take your pick) that's opening up next month to tie in with London Design Week.

Hel Yes! was commissioned by the Finnish Institute in London and will run from 15 September to…

Read more: Finnish Insitute launching pop-up for London Design Week

City oenophiles will have a new watering hole on their hands when Bar Battu opens on Gresham Street in October. Occupying the site that was formerly Molloy’s, this wine bar and bistro will have a ground floor wine bar with a dining room for 80 and an upstairs dining area for 40.

Head chef will be Sydney Aldridge who’s been at Galvin Bistrot de Luxe and also the Hoxton Hotel and Terminus in the Cit…

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First grouse of the season from the Grill at the Dorchester

The foodie equivalent of the once-popular Beaujolais Nouveau run, the race to get the first grouse down from the first shoot on the Glorious Twelfth to restaurant tables here in London has become a big deal. Now while we certainly weren’t the first to try grouse in London, we did think it worth while celebrating the first grouse in style, so we were pretty pleased to be asked to the Grill at the…

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Min Jiang summer sake pairing

We’d heard a lot about Min Jiang from other London foodies who’d praised both the views and particularly the restaurant’s famous Peking duck. But we were invited to try out something a little different last month at Min Jiang’s Summer Sake Pairing Chinese Food Dinner.

Situated at the top of the Royal Garden Hotel in Knightsbridge, Min Jiang was opened in the summer of 2008 and has carved out a n…

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