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School Chef of the Year

Here’s an unexpected career opportunity: The 2016 LACA School Chef of the Year – it shows there are ways of breaking out of the glamorous world of school cheffing and into the mainstream. Take for example the catering supervisor at The William Allitt School, in Sunnyside, Newhall. Susan Terris made it through to the national finals... Continue reading

Blue Arrow Chef of the Year 2015 – the winning menu

Rhys Richardson, Development Chef for Servest Catering in London and the South has been named the Blue Arrow Chef of the Year 2015 following a hotly contested final at Leiths School of Food & Wine in Portobello, London. Rhys’ winning menu was: Starter: Venison tartare, crispy quail’s egg, smoked emulsion and beetroot Fish: Duo of... Continue reading

Avocado: healthy food trend

Avocados are in fashion – bloggers, celebrities, and the internet in general is going crazy for this fruit. But why this sudden burst of popularity? We blame Gwyneth Paltrow, who compared her gluten-free avocado toast to “your favourite pair of jeans – so reliable and easy and always just what you want.” The avocado is a... Continue reading

It pays to be different

The first insect restaurant in the UK opened last week – in case you missed it – on the St Davids Peninsular in Wales. The British media descended in force once they learned the menu boasts starters such as bug blinis with wild garlic humus and toasted cumin mealworms and organic salad topped crunchy insect... Continue reading

Instant Gourmet meals – just add water

Gastronomic meals used to necessitate an early-morning trip to the market followed by hours of painstaking labour in the kitchen. No longer. France’s top female chef is promoting a machine that turns vacuum-packed capsules into gourmet dishes at the press of a button. Anne-Sophie Pic, the only French woman to boast three Michelin stars, says... Continue reading

Young chefs grow in Kent

With the widespread industry worry about the shortage of chef talent across the UK, entries are being encouraged for the seventh Kent Young Chef Awards. The age range for entries is for school children 11 to 15 years. An extra ingredient is a panel of new guest judges, with a foodie, a former rock musician, two Michelin stars, numerous awards, lots of AA... Continue reading