London chefs may have missed out on the Independent newspaper's top award (chef of the year went to Whatley Manor's Martin Burge), but several of the capital's restaurants, bars and food shops managed to secure an award in the paper's Food and Drink Awards. Terroirs got Best Restaurant, Chez Bruce picked up the Best Wine List, The Goring hotel got Best Breakfast (which Hot Dinners can confirm is o…

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Why Oliver wants more - Hot Dinners talks to Oliver Peyton

Oliver Peyton tells Hot Dinners about the things that drive him mad and why he in turn is driven to change the perception of British food abroad…

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Its position as London's premier newspaper now assured, with the closures of both The London Paper and London Lite, the London Evening Standard this week published its list of the city's 1000 most influential people, among them 48 foodies it considers to be the creme de la creme. Here's that list in full:

  • Richard Caring
  • Angela Hartnett
  • Sir Terence Conran
  • Gordon Ramsay
  • Fergus Henderson
  • Nigella Law…

Read more: London's most influential foodies picked by Standard

Since early summer, rumours have been circulating that top Manhattan chef Daniel Boulud would be joining Heston Blumenthal in opening a restaurant at London’s Mandarin Oriental hotel. Well this morning the hotel has finally confirmed the news.

Boulud will be taking over the hotel's Grill restaurant with his bistro and wine bar. Bar Boulud London is expected to open in Spring 2010.

In a press relea…

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Curiouser and curiouser - no sooner does the Zetter Hotel in Clerkenwell roundly deny this week's Times exclusive that Bruno Loubet is to open a restaurant there, than someone close to Bruno throws the whole thing open for frenzied speculation again.

The Times first speculated on the 2nd November that former Raymond Blanc man Bruno Loubet would be taking over the restaurant at the Zetter. But when…

Read more: Is Bruno Loubet opening at the Zetter hotel or not?

No doubt bolstered by the continued success of the Restaurant on the Roof at Selfridges, which has already been extended till the end of the month, Pierre Koffman could be considering a permanent return according to Richard Vines at Bloomberg. This is certainly good news for London foodies, given that the pop-up restaurant has been given rave reviews since it has opened.  According to the release,…

Read more: Is Pierre Koffman back in the game full-time?

Biggest news of the week without doubt is the Times story that the Post Office Tower restaurant is to re-open. Apparently BT are already on the hunt for a household name to take on the revolving restaurant at the top of the tower. Hot Dinners had the good fortune to be taken to the restaurant several times during the seventies and while we can't remember a jot about the food, we do remember the he…

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Five minutes with Sat Bains

Hot Dinners catches up with Nottingham's Sat Bains to find out where he's eaten well this year and why the customer is always right…

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Talking to Ed Martin about gastropubs

Hot Dinners finds out what makes the perfect gastropub from Ed Martin

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Exclusive: Trevor Gulliver talks about the new St John Hotel

When news slipped out on the internet last week that the St John empire was expanding westwards to Soho with the addition of a new restaurant and 16-room hotel, Twitter was on fire. But the only news to be had was a brief interview in Design Magazine which was swiftly put where only subscribers could see it.

In an attempt to liberate that information, Hot Dinners has been pursuing Fergus Henderson…

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One of the biggest restaurant stories to hit the internet this week has to be the news that Fergus Henderson is expanding again. Henderson whose Smithfield resturant St John currently sits at number 14 on the San Pellegrino's World's 50 Best Restaurant list, already has a second restaurant St John Bread and Wine in Spitalfields.

An eagle-eyed blogger spotted a St John awning over a building site j…

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Sriram Aylur from Quilon

Hot Dinners talks to chef Sriram Aylur, chef at the Michelin-starred Quilon, about his new beer-matching menu and how a maturing cuisine is resulting in those all-important stars for Indian chefs in London.…

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He's one of the world's most celestial of chefs already, with 15 Michelin stars to his name, but it seems that Alain Ducasse has other-worldly ambitions. In an interview with this month's Yes Chef! magazine, Ducasse, who is already working for the international space programme, admits to wanting to launch a restaurant on another planet.

'Making any kind of food can be an exciting challenge...That'…

Read more: Alain Ducasse wants to open first Martian restaurant

First London Restaurant Festival Awards results

To Shoreditch last night for the inaugural London Restaurant Festival Awards where the great and the good of London’s restaurant scene – and Hot Dinners – gathered to celebrate the best of the bunch. Fay Maschler had promised us awards which  would ‘reward attributes like bravery, passion, discovery, ceremony, wit and warmth.’ Among the guests there we spotted critics Giles Coren and Tracy Macleod…

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Ferran Adria hints at fewer El Bulli tables to come

To the Restaurant Show at Earls Court today where celebrated chef Ferran Adria from El Bulli had words to strike fear into anyone who's still trying to get a reservation at his restaurant. It seems that Adria has been in talks with his El Bulli colleagues about the future of the restaurant and one option is to make the whole thing more intense. In practical terms, that may mean opening the restaur…

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