Seasoned by Chefs - Issue 2 - Spring 2014 - We R Publishing Ltd
ISSUE 2 PUBLISHED APRIL 2014 Catch up with 8 of the UK's gastronomic greats, as we take a look behind the scenes in some of the UK's top dining establishments....... more
ISSUE 2 PUBLISHED APRIL 2014 Catch up with 8 of the UK's gastronomic greats, as we take a look behind the scenes in some of the UK's top dining establishments. FEATURED CHEFS: Glynn Purnell - Purnell's Restaurant Glynn Purnell talks to Rosie Birkett about his new book, about cooking beans on toast and explains why he's happiest in the kitchen. Cyrus Todiwala - Café Spice Namasté Rosie Birkett speaks to British Indian chef Cyrus Todiwala about his new Goan-Portugese restaurant - and how he came to change the UK's idea of Indian cuisine. Sam Williams - Cafe Murano Sam Williams, cafe Murano's head chef and 'Seasoned by Chefs' board member, tells us about her love of billtong and how she came to be Angela Hartnett's protégée. Simon Rogan - Fera at Claridge's Rosie Birkett catches up with two-Michelin starred chef Simon Rogan, on the cusp of his Claridge's opening. Phil Thompson - Thompson at Darcy's The only way is Essex. We talk to the former long time Auberge du Lac chef about making the leap and opening his own place in St Albans. Aaron Patterson - Hambleton Hall Aaron Patterson tells us why, after twenty years, he couldn't be happier at Hambleton Hall and reveals how he keeps his cooking bang up to date. Cláudio Cardoso - SUSHISAMBA How SushiSamba's hot young chef, Cláudio Cardoso, went literally straight tothe top of London's dining scene. Vincent Menager - The Balcon London Vincent Menager, The Balcon Sofitel's globe-trotting executive chef, tells us about working for Alain Ducasse and how he wound up in London. DANIEL PATTERSON Rosie Birkett travels to San Francisco to talk to Daniel Patterson about his debut recipe book 'Coi: Stories and Recipes' and why it's so much more than that. AROMATHERAPY Awaken your senses with this seasons fantastic choice of wines - as we taste 10 of the best, all carefully selected for you by our wine partners Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines.
Advantages: Gorgeous rooms, nice facilities and great location Disadvantages: Price may be too much for those on a budget
...On a recent work trip to Paris I went to see a variety of hotels - in fact I saw quite a few of the same hotel chains including the Mercure, Novotel and Sofitel and from the Sofitel chain this was one of them; Sofitel Le Faubourg.
The Sofitel Le Faubourg is a luxury hotel in the heart of the city centre. A four star hotel that has a variety of room types and an elegant style it...
Advantages: Friendly, inexpensive, good food, swimming pool. Disadvantages: Lots of street noise on the lower floors. That's all really.
Needing some sun and not having much spare cash, we booked this holiday from Lastminute.com for £598.00 for ten days for two of us. As this included flight from Manchester and acomodation, we weren't expecting much from the hotel. In fact I said to my long suffering other half that we might well end up in a shed for that price. We were very pleasantly suprised!
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Advantages: Great location, wonderful facilities, very friendly staff, the swimming pool is bliss Disadvantages: smallish room, slow service
...When traveling to Fiji a couple of years ago, I spent 5 days at the Sofitel there; a wonderful experience!
The hotel arranged a shuttle from the airport, where I was greeted by musicians. This welcome with relaxing music ertainly set the tone for the rest of the stay. The trip from Nadi airport to the hotel took nearly 30 minutes, giving me the opportunity to enjoy the view...