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News bites: June

News bites: June

by Great British Chefs Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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

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Lost and found

The announcement that the BBC Food website was to close came as a shock to keen home cooks across the UK, especially when everyone found out there were plans to axe some of the 11,000 recipes on there. The resulting public outcry (and heavily supported petition) meant the broadcaster hastily reversed its decision, and will now migrate all of them onto the BBC Good Food website instead, much to our (and everyone else’s) relief. In the midst of all this, our CEO Ollie Lloyd shared his opinion on the matter, citing BBC Food as a significant public resource full of cherished recipes from some fantastic chefs. Read what he had to say here.

Fit for a queen

It might still be a few months away, but already the buzz is building around this year’s Great British Menu. Just days before the official list of chefs taking part this year was released, our own Izzy Burton predicted who and what we might see when the programme airs later this year – with incredible accuracy. To honour the Queen’s ninetieth birthday, chefs from eight different regions of the UK will be serving up intricate dishes which celebrate the ‘Modern Elizabethan Age’. See what else Izzy predicted will happen this series here.

In good taste

June sees the arrival of one of the most important foodie events of the year – Taste of London. The festival sees the capital’s top chefs and restaurants set up shop in Regent’s Park to offer visitors the chance to try signature dishes of the highest quality without the need for reservations and at a lower price. We’ll be there with Taste of Britain, our own pop-up that showcases chefs from outside central London – watch this space for details on who we’ve got lined up. In the meantime, we sat down with chefs Scott Hallsworth, Dan Doherty and the legendary Pierre Koffmann to see what they’ll be up to – take a look at what they had to say here.

School reunion

Peter Gordon and Michael McGrath’s famed fusion restaurant, The Providores and Tapa Room, celebrates its fifteenth anniversary with an impressive alumni dinner on 29 June. The kitchen of this Marylebone staple has employed some phenomenal talent since it opened in 2001, and the anniversary is an opportunity to bring some of the best of them under one roof for a one-off sharing feast. The event will take place at Climpson's Arch, and sees Selin Kazim (head chef, Oklava); Miles Kirby (co-owner, Caravan) Brad Farmerie (flying in from his Michelin-starred restaurant PUBLIC in New York); Anna Hansen (co-founder of The Providores and Tapa Room and now The Modern Pantry); Hamish Brown (executive chef of the Roka group); Paul Melville (The Providores) and Karl Calvert (currently a freelance chef) each cooking a course inspired by their time in the kitchen with Peter the godfather of fusion cooking. Tickets are available through The Providores website.

In other news…

Cumbria's hidden gem

Forest Side, the new hotel-restaurant headed up by ex-L’Enclume chef Kevin Tickle, has been voted Britain’s ‘best-kept secret’ at the 2016 Tatler Magazine Awards. The restaurant, which has only been open four months, has a menu focused around locally foraged ingredients and celebrates everything to do with the Cumbrian countryside. We interviewed Kevin to learn more about his rise to the top here.

More top gongs

It seems awards season is in full swing, as Le Champignon Sauvage, the Gloucestershire-based, two-Michelin-starred restaurant run by David Everitt-Matthias has been shortlisted for Restaurant of the Year by Food & Travel Magazine. The celebrated restaurant is up against the likes of Lyle’s, The Ledbury and Pollen Street Social, with the winner being announced in September.

To the semis!

Our very own technical food editor Sally Abé has made it to the semi-finals of this year’s National Chef of the Year competition. As one of the forty chefs who have made it to this stage, she will now have her culinary skills tested with the chance of being one of the ten contestants to make it to the final. The semi-finalists don’t have to work in a professional kitchen; other contenders work as contract caterers, food suppliers and college tutors. We wish Sally the best of luck in the competition.

Baked to perfection

It’s been a long time in the making, but Christoffer Hruskova is finally getting ready to open his London Fields-based Danish bakery The Bread Station in June. Christoffer will be serving up a selection of authentic pastries from his native Denmark, as well as organic yeast-free bread and artisan coffee. As a former Michelin-starred chef, we’re sure the treats on offer will be worth the wait.

Power to the poké

 

One of the dishes hotly tipped to reach our shores this summer is poké, a Hawaiian dish made of raw fish marinated in soy sauce and sesame oil on a bed of sticky rice with various vegetables. It certainly ticks all the boxes for the current healthy eating trends, and gives us the chance to take a closer look at the other dishes found in Hawaii’s restaurants and streets – something Tom Wildman wrote about just last week.

Very special guests

Simon Hulstone’s celebrated restaurant The Elephant, in Torquay, will be opening its kitchen up to some of the UK’s top chefs as part of its guest chef series. First up is Steve Drake, who trained under the likes of Gordon Ramsay and Nico Ladenis, in June, before Luke Tipping of Simpsons in Edgbaston serves his celebrated cuisine in July. Rounding off the season is Adam Bennett, from The Cross in Kenilworth, in August.

 
 

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