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News bites: July

News bites: July

by Great British Chefs Thursday, June 30, 2016

Our food news round-up looks at all the exciting things happening in the world of food and drink.

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Galvins on the go

Chris and Jeff Galvin show no signs of stopping their gradual takeover of the UK’s fine dining scene. The Michelin-starred duo’s latest opening is at The Athenaeum, a Mayfair hotel with a popular bar and afternoon tea offering. The aptly named Galvin at The Athenaeum will do away with the brothers’ classical French influences, celebrating Britain’s incredible ingredients and produce instead in support of the UK’s hard working farmers.

The Jersey connection

Shaun Rankin is known for cooking the fantastic produce of Jersey with Michelin-starred finesse at his Ormer restaurant on the island, but soon (September, to be exact) Londoners will be able to taste his food in the capital. Ormer Mayfair is set to open this September, situated in the Flemings Mayfair hotel.

A good sport

The Sportsman in Seasalter, Kent has been named Restaurant of the Year in the National Restaurant Awards. Voted for by over 150 industry experts, the ceremony celebrated the best dining rooms found throughout the UK. Despite the ever-present London-heavy results, The Sportsman took the top spot thanks to its unfussy seasonal dishes and dedication to local suppliers. Chef-owner Stephen Harris started life as a financial advisor, before giving it all up and opening the gastropub on the Kentish coast.

New pastures

Acclaimed chef Phil Howard caused a bit of a stir earlier this year when he suddenly announced the sale of his two-Michelin-starred restaurant The Square after twenty-five years of service. He still owns Kitchen W8 in Kensington and Sonny’s Kitchen in Barnes, but has already announced the launch of his latest venture with business partner Rebecca Mascarenhas. Elystan Street, in Chelsea, will serve modern British food (a cuisine Phil is famous for) and is located on the former site of Tom Aikens’ eponymous restaurant.

In other news…

Royal Rocas

The three-starred Spanish restaurant El Cellar de Can Roca is listed as the second best restaurant in the world (and has previously claimed the top spot), but for people who can’t make the trip to mainland Europe, there is some good news. The three Roca brothers are coming over to the UK from 2–5 August, to cook their famous Girona-inspired cuisine at London’s Hotel Café Royal. However, the dinners are by invitation only – so if you have any connections in the food industry or favours to call in, now’s the time to make the most of them.

A new angler

With the departure of Tony Fleming, Angler at the South Place Hotel in London was at risk of losing its Michelin star. However, new executive chef Gary Foulkes has been brought in to maintain – and possibly raise – the standards of the food that have made the restaurant a favourite with fish lovers in the city. Previous head chef at The Square, he has also worked with Gary Rhodes, and will bring his experience and skill to the rooftop kitchen.

King of the casita

 

Looking for somewhere to celebrate Peruvian Independence Day (28 July)? No, us neither, but it happens to be the day Casita Andina opens its doors in Soho, the latest project from Martin Morales. Inspired by picanterias – family-run, traditional eateries that cater to the local community – the dishes will change regularly and celebrate the country’s incredible ingredients.

Basque in the glory

The incredibly named Eneko Atxa is a legend amongst chefs, known for his Michelin-starred Basque cuisine back in his native Spain and the restaurant Azurmendi, listed as the sixteenth best restaurant in the world. He’ll be coming over to One Aldwych to set up shop in Covent Garden, offering a taste of modern Basque dishes made from the very best ingredients.

Farm life

Tom Adams (of Pitt Cue Co fame) and April Bloomfield (the Brummie chef who’s making waves in the New York food scene) have teamed up to open a working farm and guest house in the Cornish countryside, complete with dining room. The main attraction is the Mangalitza pigs Tom champions at his restaurant, as well as Hebridean sheep, bees and vegetables, and the duo are hoping to get lots of top chefs to cook one-off dinners throughout the year.

 
 

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