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  1. Hi All Its been a while, but heres my 10 in no particular order-Martin Wisharts and Galvins probably top 2, closely followed by Pollen St and Darozze 1.Galvin at Windows 2.Martin Wishart-Had the lunch menu but the execution was the best of the year, absolutly perfect 3.Pollen Street 4.Helene Darozze 5.Nobu-Park Lane and Berkley St on a par with each other 6.Ledbury 7.Roka 8.Medlar- Food great-Service amazing 9.Dinner 10.Claridges
  2. Hi all Severel years old-hardly ever used http://www.allianceonline.co.uk/kitchen-equipment/preparation/food-processors/robot-coupe-musso-piccolo-ice-creamsorbet-machine-lfic0150.html Musso Piccolo Serious offers considered Surrey/London Area Please comment on here or message me Simon
  3. The Westerley in reigate, 15mins from gatwick, got a bib gormand, fantastic bistro cooking telelphone 01737 222733 i would book though
  4. I use to work in Shanghai, most peoples stomach take a little getting use to any food cooked in china, most of the hotels have very reasonable priced food offerings Crystal Jade restaurant in Xintandi which is a bit of a touristy area does very very good food and safe,reasonably priced always look for the busy places, do not buy anything from the street sellers, that not to say some of it does not taste good, becauce believe me it does but there is obviously a level of risk, as anywhere you can eat in very good places for not alot of money Only drink bottled water, If your going expensive Jade on 36 Shangri-la hotel not to be missed (guess where i worked!!!), plus there all day dining option yi cafe is very good value, 9 live cooking stations and Jean George is one of the best meals i have ever had, chinese wise Whampoa club, think is the name is amazing in the same building as Jean george on the bund Mcdonalds is also very cheap Have a great trip
  5. You would all be amazed how many chefs love and eat in pizza express!!!!
  6. yes, several times, very good deals in the week, very reasonable prices including wine, starters and mains definatly the stronger aspects, pastry a little weak well worth a visit, it has never been too busy when i have been, my only gripe would be that the service is a trying to be a little stuffy and a bit pushy compared to the rustic regional cuisine, overall i love the place, try the terrines and charcuterie for two!
  7. I hope you have got a lot of money to spend!!!!
  8. Not the newest opening but Bourdeux is good nice and relaxed, large menu, some sharing platters, the terrines and charcuterie fantastic
  9. There must be something about Scotland and pastry chefs, i work with a Scottish guy at the moment and he is up there with the best, i ve worked with which includes claire clark and a couple of top french guys, one of them ex gagniere
  10. i was offered interviews to, at more than one of there sites!
  11. There is a beautiful private room in boudeaux the Ollie Coulliard restaurant in grovsenor on park lane, could also have drinks on the terrace first, the food would prob start about £30 plus ahead
  12. Did anyone really believe Jasons main course boards didnt turn up tll the afternoon of the event!!
  13. Exactly the sort of knowledge any good head chef should have!!
  14. You re iterate my point about the attitude of the majority of pastry chefs!!! Believe me i do not claim to be a pastry chef, but i do claim to have an understanding of pastry and be able to discuss with the pastry chef about pastry with mutual respect! you obviously cannot be a good head chef without an understanding, also at the moment my pastry chef can discuss with me about things in the hot kitchen with mutual respect also, did you miss my bit about building relationships ? Your attiude is very much them and us which is not unusal from a pastry chef! when surely the whole kitchen should be working as one team towards the same goals! Believe me there are jobs out there that pay that much for pastry chefs, diverse multi outlet operations, as at the start of this topic there are not that many good ones so you want to keep them!
  15. I have a few recipes from MPW that uses Heinz`s finest. He is also has a leaning towards salad cream!! John Campbell uses tomato ketchup in his spiced lentals recipe (Formulas for Flavour) For what it`s worth.........Chris Horridge, what a cock!!!!!!!!!!! ← Oui!
  16. I think what matt is trying to say very politely is that a lot, if not the majority of pastry chefs are very difficult to work with, which brings me back to my origanal post about how important it is to build relationships and understanding between main kitchen and pastry, please correct me if i m wrong matt
  17. Yes and no. ← What did you think of the food, leaving the health aspect aside? ← I had the worst meal i have ever had at the bath priory, admittedly it was Jan 07, but i think i would need to be paid to eat his food again, most disappointing meal and whole experience i ever have had in a restaurant! everything was poor from food to service but what i really remember is the soggy apple and pear crisps on the dessert!!!
  18. Maybe we should all go to Switzerland to be pastry chefs!Some places maybe the pastry chef is regarded as another cdp, but definatly not everywhere! There is only a certain level of restaurant upwards that really needs a dedicated pastry chef, i know a lot of pastry chefs that get paid very well indeed, it is also very important that all members of a kitchen team should gain a pastry knowledge, which happens very rarely these days! it is also important pastry chefs should realise how the kitchen side of things work also, so there is not that divide in the team wwhich can happen quite often between pastry and the main kitchen
  19. Foliage Mandarin oriental £29 4 courses, went again on saturday, very very good
  20. I had some one cook me a baked potato foam, and fennel air in a working interview the other day, it was a shocker!
  21. . You may disagree with it, but the opnions seem honest and not thr resutl of bribery or advertising. ←
  22. In the London paper today, the Connaught announce a female 2 star chef from paris, sorry home now and cannot remember her name, article was not to clear she use to be one of Ducassses right hand women, not sure if she is leaving Paris or doing both?
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