• London restaurant recipes - chicken thighs and patatas panaderas by Sabor's Nieves Barragan

    Sabor recipe

    Nieves Barragan's Sabor is one of the most highly-rated Spanish restaurants in London (with a Michelin star to boot). Here's one of her recipes to try at home, created in collaboration with Estrella Galicia - and there's also a chance to win a box from Sabor too.  

  • The Great Sausage Roll Off announce the 2020 competitors list

    The Great Sausage Roll Off 2020

    There are a few key food competitions in the London calendar that we always pay attention to - namely the Scotch Egg Challenge, the Croqueta Challenge and the Great Sausage Roll Off. 

    It's the last of those that we turn our attention to today. This competitive sausage roll competition, held at The Red Lion pub in Barnes, has been going since 2013. Described (by themselves) as "a bit like the X-Factor meets Masterchef," they pitch it as "an

  • London chefs win the Best Dressed Irish oyster competition for 2019

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    Forget the Met Ball or Ascot, clearly the best dressed list you should be much more interested in is the Best Dressed Irish Oyster competition. Hot Dinners headed over to Wright Bros in Battersea yesterday to help judge the third annual event. Following a series of heats, 12 of the UK's top seafood chefs were in London to battle it out for the title.

    We joined chef Henry Harris and the wonderfully titled professional 'Ostrelier' Katy Davidson

  • Here's who's taking part in the 2019 Croqueta Challenge - updated

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    Updated 25/9/19 with finalists' details

    If the impending arrival of Autumn (if it isn't here already) has you depressed, then we have some good news to counter that. September may mean the end of the hols and back to work, but it also means that the Salt Yard Group Croqueta Challenge is just around the corner.

    We've ...

  • Fred Sirieix and Allegra McEvedy join up for new CBBC show Restaurant Dream Team


    OK - how good does this sound? The lovely Fred Sirieix, fresh from another series of pairing up romance-searchers on First Dates, has just announced his latest TV show.

    He and chef (and the original co-founder of Leon) Allegra McEvedy - are going to be the hosts of Restaurant Dream Team. But this is no primetime show - it's actually going to be on CBBC.

    In a post on Instagram today Fred said: "we are on the hunt for the “Restaurant Dream

  • Netflix signs up Clare Smyth, James Knappett and Jay Rayner for The Final Table chef competition

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    Update 20/11/18 - the whole series is now available on Netflix right here (assuming you're signed up). Episode 3 is the UK one and yes, the American host's understanding of current British cuisine isn't exactly what we hoped for. Tell us what you thought in the comments below...



  • The Great British Menu 2018 - a guide to the London restaurant chefs taking part

    greatbritishmenuIf you're inspired by this year's Great British Menu to try some of the chef contestants' food, here's our guide to the London restaurants with chefs taking part, what to order and how much it costs to dine there.

  • The Million Pound Menu is coming back for a second series and they're looking for participants


    If, like us, you enjoyed watching the lovely Fred Sirieix on the Million Pound Menu then the good news is he's coming back. BBC Two have just ordered a second series of the restaurant business show.

    If you didn't catch the first one - recap, it's like Dragon's Den for restaurateurs with industry experts offering their mentoring

  • Starting line-up for the 2018 Croqueta Challenge revealed


    Updated 18/8/18 with finalist details

    Always one of our favourite nights of the year, the Croquetas Challenge is gearing up for its 2018 event. Now in its third year, this competitive comparison of London restaurants' best croquetas takes place at Ember Yard in Soho and they've already got a cracking line-up.

    In the mix so far this year are Rovi, Farang, Eneko, Salt Yard, Opera Tavern, Aqua Nueva, Carousel, Blanchette, Brindisa, Jugged Hare, Claw

  • Here's how to get your own pop-up restaurant at Westfield London

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    Ever fancied yourself as someone who runs a popup restaurant? Well a new competition running this summer at Westfield London might be able to help with that.

    Food Popup is asking for entries for pop-up ideas to be put to a panel of judges consisting of chef Omar Allibhoy of Tapas Revolution, Bloomberg food criticc Richard Vines, Jonathan Prynn from The Standard and Jeremy Pang, founder of School of Wok.

    Five cooks will then be shortlisted

  • Duck and Waffle chef Dan Doherty joins Mary Berry on BBC's new Britain's Best Cook show


    Dan Doherty, executive chef of the Duck and Waffle is a busy chap. Over the past year he's also been busy running a series of supperclubs for his Sprout concept, he then became a dad and now he's taking on the world of TV.

    In an Instagram post at the weekend, Doherty revealed that he's joining the judges panel of the new Mary Berry

  • Ember Yard win the 2017 Croquetas Challenge

    ember2The Ember Yard winning croquetas set with octopus suckers

    The basement of Ember Yard was thronged last night with hordes of folk set on one thing and one thing only - croquetas. Yes, the second Croquetas Challenge turned out to be an

  • Shortlisted entries for the 2017 Croquetas Challenge revealed

    croquetasHow many croquetas can one person manage in a single sitting? We're here to tell you it's quite a lot

  • London's Croquetas Challenge returns to Ember Yard for a second year


    Is there such a thing as too many croquetas? We put that concept to the test last Autumn when we, alongside a panel of foodie folk, judged the first Croquetas Challenge. Turns out that as long as you pace yourself (and eat NOTHING all day in preparation) it's possible to try - and enjoy - 14 croquetas in quick succession.

    Last year's

  • Pizzicotto and Action Against Hunger launch The Gourmet Pizza Challenge


    If you love pizza as much as us, the chance to try the creations of some of London's top chefs and raise money for a great cause sounds like a no-brainer. For a month, pizzas created by a group of chefs will be on offer at West London pizzeria Pizzicotto. The chef whose pizza sells the most will be crowned the winner of the Gourmet Pizza Challenge, and their pizza will become a permanent addition to the Pizzicotto menu.

    Chefs taking part are:

    • Jun

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