Exclusive: Highbury's hot new supper club

Pop-ups may be passé, but there’s still life in the supper club concept.

News reaches Hot Dinners of a hot new supper club, The Sitting Room, opening in the shadow of the Emirates Stadium in Highbury at the end of this month. Heading up the kitchen is Elisa Beynon, who last year had her first cookery book published, The Vicar’s Wife Cookbook. Beynon was the winner of the Waitrose Food Illustrated…

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The Good Food Guide this week came up with their list of 10 chefs they think will dominate the restaurant scene over the next decade. Four London-based chefs make the grade - Marcus Wareing, Jason Atherton, Angela Hartnett and Shane Osborn. Guide editor Elizabeth Carter said of her chosen few: ‘We were looking at our top 50 list and just wondering who could rise to the top in the next few years.’


Read more: Six London chefs we think are worth watching in 2010

Move over pudding face! Gregg Wallace and John Torode clearly don't have enough pulling power across the pond because the producers of the US version of British show Masterchef have turned to Gordon Ramsay to head up the American search for culinary talent.

Hopefuls, who consider themselves something of a whizz in the kitchen, are being told to turn up at 12 casting sessions across the States over…

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Clearly some people have never heard of the famous BBC April Fool's Day stunt involving spaghetti harvesting.

According to Eat Food magazine, the manager of a Italian restaurant in London came up with a wheeze to make his own spaghetti-strewn Christmas tree as a fun decoration. But Simone Falcon, manager of Rossopomodoro in Covent Garden was astonished to find members of the public making offers t…

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Guy Ritchie may not be flavour of the month with his London neighbours complaining about late night revelrie at his boozer The Punchbowl, but being a landlord clearly agrees with him. According to reports in the Evening Standard today, he's intent on bringing his own brand of mockney drinking joint to America with plans for openings in Manhattan and Los Angeles. Ritchie's business partner Nick Hou…

Read more: Guy Ritchie brings his boozer to The Big Apple

Fork magazine tips Corrigan and Hix in 2009 Awards

Christmas has come early for Mark Hix and Richard Corrigan as they scooped two of Fork Magazine’s awards for 2009 today. Hix’s Brewer Street restaurant picked up the gong for Best Restaurant, while Richard Corrigan won Best Chef. Another London restaurant, Polpo, picked up an award for the city’s Best New Opening.

It’s not such good news for The Connaught’s Helene Darroze whose restaurant came und…

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Bad weather dampens London's restaurant business

So it’s official - not only does the crap weather ruin your day (or your winter if you’re unfortunate to live in the Lake District) but it’s also responsible for a downturn in restaurant takings. According to a story today on Big Hospitality, the unseasonably soggy weather in November saw key restaurant chains experience their first dip in takings for seven months. On the plus side, bookings for p…

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Boxwood Cafe and St Alban close their doors

For many top London restaurateurs, it's now a case of 'recession, what recession?' as tables at the best restaurants on a Friday night at 8pm prove incredibly elusive to all but the best organised/connected. But for two London restaurants this week, the cumulative effect of the past 12 months proved too tough to survive.

Gordon Ramsay announced in his interview with Bloomberg that he was closing d…

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Gordon Ramsay's woes continue this week with the breaking news that his chief financial officer, Nick Fletcher had quietly resigned more than three months ago. The Sunday Express is reporting today that Fletcher, who was brought into Gordon Ramsay Holdings in May 2008 to help shore up the ailing business, resigned his directorship back in September 2009.

Earlier this week, Ramsay's chief executive…

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It's going to be a very merry Christmas this year for seven homeless youngsters whose raw talent and enthusiasm scooped them jobs with Wahaca who've teamed up with the Prince's Trust. Warms the very cockles of your heart, doesn't it?

Sadly, the festive season isn't quite so merry for Gordon Ramsay. El Gordo this week admitted defeat as he pulled out of New York - apparently high staffing costs wer…

Read more: Christmas cheer at Wahaca while Selfridges keep rooftop restaurant open

5 minutes with Simon Hoggart

Hot Dinners finds out from The Spectator's wine correspondent Simon Hoggart, how to order the right wines when going out to eat

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The Spanish restaurant Camino is a rare thing indeed in King's Cross - a decent bar and restaurant.  Happily doing business for a few years in the Regent's Quarter (opposite the old Scala), Camino is now expanding just across the courtyard.

Launching on 19 March is Bar Pepito, a small Andalusian 'bodega', which specialises in Sherry.  Of course, the stuff on offer at Pepito will be a damn sight be…

Read more: Camino opening new King's Cross sherry bar

In Marylebone last night for the launch of Simon Hoggart's new book (more of which later), Hot Dinners took a detour by way of posh kitchen store Divertimenti. There we bumped into another book promoter, Atul Kochhar, who was there with copies of his latest title, Fish Indian Style.

Things are looking up for Kochhar, who's been on enforced leave since a fire closed down his restaurant Benares, bac…

Read more: Atul Kochhar reveals Benares re-opening date

It’s been six of one, half a dozen of the other for the Michelin Guide this week. On the positive side, the guide was given a huge boost when the latest Hong Kong version came out, awarding one of its precious stars to a hole-in-the-wall joint where a tasty dish could be had for as little as 78p. On the downside, a second well-known Italian chef made the news for handing his stars back and refusin…

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From glamour to grit – Russell Norman’s journey to the opening of PolpoRussell Norman’s Polpo was one of the first restaurants in London to open by Twitter. Hot Dinners caught up with Russell to find out one why he wants to bring a bit of the West Village to London’s West End.…

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