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Archive for March, 2010

Midlands AA Rosette Restaurants

AA Rosette

Midlands AA Rosette Awards Explained In today’s current economical climate restaurants need to distinguish themselves and stand out above others. AA Rosettes set an achievable standard to which restaurants can aspire to. AA inspectors annually award Rosettes to restaurants that stand out from the crowd, either in the local area or on a more national […]

Simpsons Chef Triumphs

Matt Cheal of Simpsons with his runners up

Meet Matt Cheal, the Birmingham chef who hates coming second. Last year Birmingham chef Matt Cheal came second in the prestigious British Culinary Federation Chef of the Year Award at London’s Hotelympia.  He was not at all happy about it, so this year he had another crack and won! Solihull born and bred, Matt’, 28, […]

Edmunds Chefs Wins Accredited National and International Awards

Andy Waters Chef Patron of Edmunds, with Winner Aaron Darnley

Bravo for Birmingham’s Culinary Culture Edmunds chefs win top awards at Hotelympia.  If you get Andy Waters talking about the excellence of Birmingham’s restaurants his eyes light up and he becomes positively lyrical.  Andy is chef-patron of Edmunds, a most traditional English fine dining experience in the city’s Brindleyplace, a focal-point for Midland gastronomes. A […]

Midlands Michelin Chef, to appear on BBC’s Great British Menu

Michelin Chef Will Holland of La Becasse, Ludlow

Shropshire Michelin  Chef Will Holland to appear on the BBC’s Great British Menu 2010 Head Chef Will Holland, of Ludlow’s Michelin Starred La Becasse, has successfully earned a place on BBC Two’s popular culinary show, Great British Menu. The 2010 programme will retain its distinctive format, with a few twists. Will,  is one of only […]

La Becasse ~ Michelin Food and Chateauneuf du Pape Evening

La Becasse, Ludlow

La Becasse Michelin Star Restaurant, Ludlow ~ Chateauneuf du Pape, and Michelin Menu Selection Evening Wednesday 14th April 2010, 7.30pm “Wine from Châteauneuf brings courage, melody, love and joy” Frederic Mistral – poet, author and Nobel Prize Winner for literature. Gourmet-Life Midlands Lifestyle Dining Club are delighted to be associated with this exceptional event hosted […]

St Patrick’s Day – Celebrate the ‘non’ traditional way!

Philippe Boucheron

To celebrate Paddy’s Day, our food and drinks writer, Philippe Boucheron uncorks Whiskey with an ‘e’ for Irish Excellence On the 17th March (this Wednesday) the Irish all over the world celebrate the feast day of St Patrick, their patron saint, who incidentally came from Wales!  As well as countless pints of Guinness they will […]

The Arch of Perfection

The Arch Hotel, London

The new Arch Hotel and Restaurant London Review The Arch Hotel, London I often like to escape the beauty of the countryside and indulge in some city life and its related adrenalin, with all the trappings of convenience, opulence and pampering – what better place than one of the new London Gourmet-Set additions to Gourmet […]

Arch London ~ The Perfect Afternoon Tea!

Arch London Afternoon Tea - Champagne & Strwberry Eclair!

Arch London Afternoon Tea – Champagne & Strawberry Eclair! Many visitors from overseas still imagine that we are a nation where at half past three, everything stops for tea! Sadly these days Afternoon Tea is usually only an occasional luxury for us mere mortals, a Sunday treat in a country house hotel, or a welcome […]

Lowfield Inn, Shropshire ~ The low down on our experience

Lowfield Inn, Shropshire Borders

Lowfield Inn, Shropshire Borders Like many of my fellow foodies, I’ve found recent weeks a bit frustrating – snow, ice, more snow, and, according to restaurateurs – shortage of consumer funds due to a maxing out on credit cards during December. To counteract the gloom I jumped in my car and made my way with […]

Saffron Birmingham Chef – Acclaim

Head Chef Sudha from Saffron Birmingham

Birmingham chef Sudha Shankar Saha took Centre Stage at Hotelympia in London as part of its 75th anniversary celebrations. The talented Executive Chef from Saffron fine dining Indian restaurant on Wolverhampton Road, Birmingham joined celebrity chefs including Gary Rhodes to demonstrate their cookery skills in front of hundreds of visitors to the five day event. […]