NORWAY TOPS EUROPEAN GASTRONOMY AS BOCUSE D’OR EUROPE CLOSES IN ITALY

As far as competitions go, you can't get more exclusive than the Bocuse d'Or. News coming from Italy this week celebrates Norway's win, where Chef Christian André Pettersen has won the sixth edition of the Bocuse d’Or Europe after two breathtaking days of competition. There are 11 European countries including the UK that have qualified for the ...

SEE OFF HUMPDAY WITH NEGRONI WEEK

Congratulations on making it halfway through the week. Bank holidays always throw me, because although a short work week is all fine and dandy (hello long weekend), the following 'normal' week can make one feel more tired. I honestly think we'd be a more productive workforce if we had a four-day work-week (oh the things ...

YE OLDE BELL TO HOST SPECIAL VEGAN PAIRING DINNER

An increasing number of diners are choosing to go meat- and dairy- free. Choosing a plant-based diet has never been more ethically appealing and en vogue. It is therefore great to see revered establishments such as Ye Olde Bell embrace this trend by hosting a specialty vegan evening this June. Ye Olde Bell Hotel & Spa ...

MANCHESTER TO GET FIRST TASTE OF FINCA’S MILLION POUND MENU

Renowned Cuban Street Food Concept FINCA to Pop-up in Spinningfields Following their successful appearance on BBC’s hugely popular food show Million Pound Menu, the team behind renowned Cuban street food concept, FINCA, has announced it will be launching in Manchester at the start of June with its most ambitious set-up to date. The Liverpool based concept impressed ...

EXCITING NEWS BREWING FOR BIRMINGHAM COFFEE FESTIVAL

Following the success of last year’s Birmingham coffee festival two Midlands businessmen are set to stage a second celebration of “the humble bean.” As a lover of all things coffee (I have around 4 cups of coffee a day), this event is right up my street. The three-day festival at the iconic Custard Factory in Digbeth will ...

THE ALCHEMIST LAUNCHES NEW MENUS AND CHARITY INITIATIVE IN TIME FOR SUMMER

The advent of summer can only mean one thing - new menus being launched to augment sunny days and balmy evenings. Premium bar and restaurant The Alchemist has announced the arrival of its much anticipated new food and cocktail menus. Now available in all venues, the new menus will cover breakfast and brunch right through to dinner and after ...

EATERY REVIEW: LAS IGUANAS, DERBY

With temperatures set to soar over the coming week just in time for the nice long bank holiday weekend, you’re probably on the lookout for a good eatery. You know, the sort of place where you can lounge at leisure whilst tucking into an al fresco supper. Look no further than Las Iguanas Derby, whose new ...

BREWERY EXPERIENCE DAY, BREWHOUSE & KITCHEN, NOTTINGHAM

I am partial to a good pint. I've been championing restaurants to do more beer-matching (more on that in a different post) and being the curious soul that I am, always wondered exactly how beer is brewed. Desktop research is one thing (thank you Mr Google and Ms Wikipedia for your knowledgeable input), but I ...

SANDWICHES TO CELEBRATE DURING BRITISH SANDWICH WEEK

What is your favourite food to eat in the entire world? Tough one, isn’t it, when you’re only allowed to choose one? My portable food of choice is the humble sandwich. You can prepare in advance (I always transport sliced cucumber and tomato and insert into the sandwich just before eating to avoid a sorry ...