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News bites: March

News bites: March

by Great British Chefs Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Our food news round-up looks at all the exciting things that happened over this month in the world of food and drink.

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A face in the crowd

Until recently, Paul Foster was head chef of the highly regarded Mallory Court. But a few weeks ago he handed in his resignation and took to Kickstarter in a bid to achieve his lifelong dream of owning his own restaurant. If he reaches his target of £100,000 before 8 March he plans to open the venue, called Salt, in the heart of Leamington Spa in Warwickshire.

By using a crowdfunding platform to secure investment, Paul hopes he can have total freedom in how he runs the kitchen and can get to work straight away, without having to worry about bank repayments. The rewards include tasting menus, brownies, private cookery lessons and even a Christmas party for forty people. We caught up with him to find out how the past few weeks have been, what sort of plan he has in place and why he decided to take the gamble. If he’s successful, we’ll be following Paul through every step of the process, right up to opening which he hopes will happen as soon as July.

The future's Brighton

Brighton used to be (unfairly) seen as a coastal suburb of London by a lot of people, but the city has really come into its own in the past few years, particularly in the food world. This was further proved by the inaugural Brighton’s Best: Top 20 Restaurants awards, which highlighted just how diverse and rapidly growing the area’s independent dining scene is. Eliot Collins travelled down to attend the ceremony first hand and see who claimed the top spot in the hotly-contested competition.

Back to school

If you know someone with dreams of working in a professional kitchen, then you should let them know about Le Cordon Bleu’s Scholarship programme, which is open for entries until 3 April. You don’t need any previous cooking experience to apply; just a passion for food is all it takes. There will be five regional semi-finals hosted across the country, and the overall winner will be awarded a year of classical, in-depth training, an internship with Clare Smyth and accommodation in London for the duration of the course.

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Happy birthday

Vivek Singh’s The Cinnamon Club celebrates its 15th year of business in March, proving that a project many people said would never work has become one of the stalwarts of London’s fine dining scene. To commemorate the event, the restaurant will be offering a limited edition six-course tasting menu that showcases some of the best elements from The Cinnamon Club’s most popular dishes both past and present, pairing them with fifteen-year-old wines and spirits.

Popping up

Winchester’s own Ollie Moore, head chef of the Michelin-starred Black Rat, is trying his hand at Japanese cooking on 30 March for one night only at the city’s Kyoto Kitchen restaurant. Winchester’s local food scene has improved massively over the past few years, and now local chefs are beginning to collaborate with each other to shine the spotlight on the whole of Hampshire.

Northern star

Former head forager and chef at Simon Rogan’s two-starred L’enclume Kevin Tickle has finally unveiled his own restaurant and hotel in the Lake District. Forest Side, just outside Grasmere in Cumbria, boasts twenty bedrooms and a fifty cover dining room set in a nineteenth century Victorian estate, complete with walled kitchen garden. The menu will focus on the wild ingredients found within the forty-six acres of grounds around the restaurant.

On the ball

On 10 March modern British restaurant Almeida will be hosting ‘Kitchen Kick Off’, in celebration of the Six Nations. The night sees six chefs – each representing one of the tournament’s countries – create a bespoke tasting menu. The line-up includes Francesco Mazzei (Italy), Robin Gill (Ireland), Bryn Williams (Wales), Eric Chavot (France) and Andy Wilson (Scotland). There will also be an auction after the dinner, from which all proceeds will go to Sports Relief.

Dream team

 

Hambleton Hall’s head chef Aaron Patterson will be inviting four of the UK’s most exciting chefs into his kitchen on 16 March to cook a one-off dinner for some very lucky guests. All the chefs invited have spent time working under Aaron in the past, and the night is a celebration of their time there. Gareth Ward of Ynyshir Hall, Chris Denney of Four to Eight, Adam Stokes of Adam’s and Ryan Swift of Dormy House are taking a course each, while Hambleton’s own sommelier Dominique Baduel will be in charge of wine matching.

Turning Japanese

Jason Atherton’s latest venture sees the chef and restaurateur try his hand at Japanese cuisine – specifically the style of dishes found in the izakayas of the country. Sosharu will open on 7 March in Clerkenwell and make the most of British produce combined with Japanese cooking techniques. Jason himself won’t be in the kitchen – head chef Alex Cracuin will be manning the pass – and there will also be a separate space called Kisetsu, featuring counter service with a daily changing menu.

 
 

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