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    What’s the future for Temporary & Freelance Chefs?

    With the latest ruling being handed down from the Supreme Court in the UBER vs Drivers case today and the imminent arrival of IR35 in April, what are the broader implications for recruiting freelance chefs? Gone are the days where people were either employed or worked for themselves, there’s a […]

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    Post-Brexit immigration policy

    This week saw the UK Government publish its plans for Post-Brexit immigration policy. Needless to say, it didn’t go down well with the majority of the establishment in Hospitality. Although there were some people who thought it was an excellent idea: Then there was an absolute litany of the old […]

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    Michelin 2020: Predictions

    It has been nearly a decade since I started writing these types of post and just as long (if not more) for the likes of Jay Rayner to call the guide an irrelevance, yet here we are, every year, talking about it. As ever, they are always subjective and the […]

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    Opinion: Bye Caterer, it was good whilst it lasted.

    For any chef of my generation (let’s say mid 40’s and leave it at that), they can all remember Thursdays. It was the day that the GM had The Caterer delivered and by the finish of lunch service it would have made its way to the kitchen, where we could […]

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    Opinion: Scorchio

    Today I shared an Instagram post from the owners of The Drapers Arms in London. Ordinarily, there is nothing new in that, except it’s particularly a post that generally goes against the grain of the Hospitality sector. Yes, the owners at The Drapers Arms will be closing their kitchen because […]

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    Opinion: Own the problem, you created it!

    Every morning I’m awake by at least 6.30am, before my wife’s alarm sounds, I read the two pages of news that Google deems worthy of my attention. In the main, it keeps me well informed of global events. But recently an article came to my attention, which, if I’m being […]

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    #Foodporn: The Victoria Inn, Penzance, Cornwall

    We had a post-festive getaway this year, so we trundled down to Cornwall to a place we’ve gotten to know reasonably well over the past year. The Victoria Inn near Penzance, is run by Husband & Wife team Nikolaus & Laura Boyle, suitably aided by some fantastic staff. They allow […]

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    Opinion: The Caterer Survey

    This week The Caterer released its customer feedback survey into the wild. It’s been 6years since Travel and media entrepreneur Clive Jacobs purchase the industry journal and it has been a slippery slope ever since. In that time it has had three editors, vast swathes of journalists who knew the industry […]

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    #Foodporn: Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons

    Here is the foodporn from a recent meal at Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons near Oxford. As you’d expect from a 2 Michelin star, Relais & Châteaux it really is the height of luxury which comes with a price tag to match. Lunch for two including a ‘reasonable’ bottle […]