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News bites: May

News bites: May

by Great British Chefs 29 April 2016

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

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Summer loving

Despite the odd hailstorm, we’ve been enjoying the warmer, sunnier weather over the past few weeks – it’s gearing up to food festival season, the days are nice and long and a few brave souls are even braving the beer gardens. While we’re not in the midst of the glorious British summertime just yet, we’ve been finding out what some of our favourite chefs are getting up to over the next few months, checking out the hottest trends and seeing how the London food scene is evolving. Take a look at what we discovered in our London food trends feature.

Kaffir culture

The heavyweight hype machine that is Som Saa – a Thai pop-up that opened as a permanent location in the middle of April in Spitalfields – has certainly lived up to expectations, with Instagram and Twitter awash with photos of the vibrant dishes and rave reviews across the board. The restaurant’s regional approach to the country’s cuisine, with homemade coconut milks, curry pastes and ferments, certainly shines a new light on Thai food – we caught up with the owners to find out where they get their inspiration from and what ingredients you need at home to cook authentic Thai yourself.

Blessed are the cheesemakers

From 11 May, the cheese fanatics of Britain will have the chance to nominate their favourite producers, retailers and varieties of that most noble of foods – artisan cheese. We’ve announced our judges, including wine expert Fiona Beckett, Michelin-starred chef Galton Blackiston and the legendary Brian Turner. Head to the awards website to see what’s happening when, and sign up for the mailing list so you’re up to date every step of the way.

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The story continues

Michelin-starred Tom Sellers, head chef at the ever-popular Restaurant Story in London, is set to open his second venue, Restaurant Ours, in Kensington later this month. While he’ll be helping to put together the menus, Daniel Phippard will be assuming the role of head chef, and the dishes on offer continue to showcase Tom’s seasonal modern British cuisine.

Pub culture

Ever since Tom Kerridge proved a pub can rub shoulders with the prim and proper restaurants of the UK, restaurateurs from all over have been eager to get a slice of the pie. The latest Michelin-starred chef to make the jump is Claude Bosi, who with his brother Cedric has bought The Swan Inn in Esher, Surrey. The pair have dabbled in the industry before, with Cedric already owning a pub and hotel in Shropshire, but this time the menu will be overseen by Claude and will feature English food with a French twist.

Salt of the earth

Earlier this year chef Paul Foster left his job to crowdfund his own restaurant. The gamble paid off, and now he’s working round the clock to get Salt, based in Leamington Spa, open for the summer. In the meantime, however, he’s hosting a series of supperclubs throughout the Midlands, showcasing the sort of food he’ll be serving at his restaurant. Check out his twitter page for more information.

Elephant in the room

 

Simon Hulstone, the Devon-based Michelin-starred chef who rose to fame with his almost entirely self-sufficient restaurant The Elephant, in Torquay, has decided to turn his two-tiered business into a single restaurant. Previously, he served relaxed brasserie-style cuisine downstairs, but upstairs – known as The Room – offered Michelin-starred tasting menus throughout the summer months. From now on, the ground floor will offer everything in one place, making it easier on both him and his staff during the busy high season.

Passing the torch

Great British Menu star Matt Gillan will be leaving his Michelin-starred restaurant, The Pass, in May after a ten-year stint in the kitchen. While he hasn’t revealed what he plans to do in the future, we do know that Iain Swainson is set to replace him at South Lodge Hotel, in Sussex, where the restaurant is based. Iain comes from The Samling, in Cumbria, where he has held a Michelin star for three years.

The big breakfast

Despite being open for nearly 100 years, The Ivy – one of London’s most famous restaurants – has never opened before lunch. But from 10 May onwards, that’s all about to change. Hungry early birds looking for a touch of class to get the day off to a good start will be able to pop in for breakfast, with a choice of a full English, shakshuka, waffles, eggs, lots of juice and bespoke coffee blends.

 
 

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