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Rose Gray co-founder of London's River Cafe dies

Rose Gray, the co-founder of River Cafe died today (Sunday 28 February). Rose, who had twice undergone treatment for breast cancer, founded the River Cafe with Ruth Rogers (pictured here to the left of Rose) back in 1987. It quickly leapt from being the work canteen for Ruth's husband, architect Richard Rogers, to one of those restaurants which has an impact on the nation's cooking habits. Which s…

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The Cipriani London restaurant has lost its battle to keep its name in a court case ruled on today in the Court of Appeal.

The restaurant's owner, Giuseppe Cipriani, grandson of the man who founded Harry’s Bar in Venice, was taken to court by the Cipriani Hotel in Venice which first opened its doors in 1956.

Cipriani London was opened in 2004 and swiftly become a celebrity haunt - Hot Dinners pick…

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Alain Ducasse may reckon that ‘London is the most important city in the world for restaurants’, but it seems the people marketing us to tourists don’t agree. The English tourist board today announced their shortlist of finalists for the Taste of England category in the 2010 Tourism Awards and not a single restaurant from the capital has made it into the top three. Not only that, but London managed…

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Gordon Ramsay is better known for reducing restaurateurs who don’t come up to scratch in Kitchen Nightmares to floods of tears, but according to fellow chef Albert Roux, it’s as easy as pie getting Gordon Ramsay to well up himself.

Houston food writer Robb Walsh bumped into Roux at the chef’s restaurant in Texas this week and, remembering the story that Roux had once made El Gordo cr…

Read more: Albert Roux: It's easy reducing Ramsay to tears

It was already the hardest restaurant in the world to get a table at, now Ferran Adria has revealed a new exquisite variation to the torture. In a press release put out by El Bulli today, Adria has confirmed that El Bulli will reopen as a non-profit-making foundation in 2014. The building will be refitted and 20-25 scholarships offered to chefs and front of house staff. However, offering a ray of…

Read more: El Bulli will still serve food when it reopens in 2014

To Marylebone this evening for the launch of the Colony Bar and Grill - the latest venture from Atul Kochhar. It's been a hectic few weeks for Atul - less than a month ago he presided over the re-opening of Benares on Berkeley Square. 'We hadn't planned it like this,' Atul told us tonight, 'but we've made it work.' The Colony is a co-venture with restaurateur Carlo Spetare - who brought London The…

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In the week it lost out in the Twitter poll by Quadrille Food for Best Food Publication to newbie Fire & Knives, the publishers of Waitrose Food Illustrated have just announced a new direction for the magazine.

A press release by WFI’s publisher, John Brown, says that from April the magazine’s name and remit will both be changed. According to them, the new-look Waitrose Kitchen will be a ‘fres…

Read more: Waitrose Food Illustrated gets a makeover

Hot Dinners visits the revamped Benares

After attending the recent re-launch of Atul Kochhar's Benares, Hot Dinners were recently invited back to try out the restaurant itself.

Situated in the heart of Mayfair on Berkeley Square, the warmth of Benares was a welcome respite from the bitterly cold February Wednesday evening.  After a couple of drinks in the main bar area - an convivial place to wait for someone - we were ushered into the…

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After much shifting and rescheduling, a new date for the reopening of Petrus has been announced. According to a press release just out, it will open its doors for business on for 29th March 2010. Sean Burbidge, who will be heading up the kitchens, following the departure of Marcus Wareing, will be offering dishes including fillet of Angus beef with Swiss chard, wild mushrooms and red wine sauce an…

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Bruno Loubet interviewed - the chef takes a second turn at London

Hot Dinners catches up with chef Bruno Loubet just before the opening of his eponymous restaurant Bistrot Bruno Loubet at the Zetter Hotel in Clerkenwell…

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Make sure you put this Putney pop-up in your diary

If there’s one website you should bookmark this week (other than our own, dear readers) it’s www.putneypopup.co.uk which will have details on how to book your seat at the mother of all pop-up restaurants raising money for Haiti.

Chefs and restaurants who’ve already signed up for one-nighters include The Square’s Philip Howard and Rowley Leigh of Le Cafe Anglais. And for Londoners who’ve always lik…

Read more: Make sure you put this Putney pop-up in your diary

[UPDATE: On Midnight the same day this story broke - it seemed we were right to wonder if this really is the end. Ferran has now told El Pais that the New York Times got it all wrong. 'We're not going to close El Bulli permanently' he tells the paper.]

Typical. The Hot Dinners team allow ourselves one day away from the computer and the tyranny of Twitter and the news ‘breaks’ that Ferran Adrian ha…

Read more: Has Ferran Adria really closed El Bulli for good?

You may have enjoyed his cocktails at Hawksmoor or lost an evening or two trying his concoctions at his present home in the bar at Hix Soho, now top mixologist Nick Strangeway is teaming up with the equally eminent Tony Conigliaro to offer Londoners the chance to learn the pair's cocktail-making secrets.

Nick and Tony will be co-hosting a summer cocktails masterclass at Tony's compact and bijoux c…

Read more: Hix's Nick Strangeway hosts Islington cocktail class

According to a survey by the newly-formed Sustainable Restaurant Association almost 70% of British diners think that restaurants aren’t doing enough to tackle social and environmental issues.

Clearly it’s an area that’s worth restaurant owners tackling, as the survey apparently found a similar proportion of diners said they were more likely to choose a restaurant which was up on its green and ethi…

Read more: London restaurants form new ethical association

Manhattan chef Daniel Boulud is in town getting Bar Boulud London ready for its May launch at the Mandarin Oriental and he’s making the most of every minute of his visit.

On his first night he was out on the town with Bloomberg’s Richard Vines taking in drinks at Hix, BobBobRicard and then dinner at newly two-starred The Ledbury. The following day, as he told Hot Dinners, he realised a dream of hi…

Read more: Daniel Boulud eats his way round London's restaurants

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