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 guard who, let's be honest,…Read more Post-Brexit immigration policy
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 collective thoughts of people that…Read more Michelin 2020: Predictions
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 all fantasise about some exotic…Read more Opinion: Bye Caterer, it was good whilst it lasted.
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 they believe the high temperatures…Read more Opinion: Scorchio
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 honest makes my piss boil:…Read more Opinion: Own the problem, you created it!
Dear Sirs, Yet again I see The Caterer trying to set the political agenda for Hospitality, without giving it much thought. So as I write this reply to Dermot King, The Cut Tourism VAT campaign(CTV) & The Caterer, just ask yourselves who is using facts & who is using guesswork & assumptions? The Campaign The…Read more Opinion: Reply to Dermot King, The Caterer & Cut Tourism VAT – FACTS
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 dogs in the bar but…Read more #Foodporn: The Victoria Inn, Penzance, Cornwall
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 and built up a rapport…Read more Opinion: The Caterer Survey
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 of wine, a round of…Read more #Foodporn: Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons
The Michelin guide concludes yet another award season in 2018 for the culinary gifted. Sadly, it will be commented on by those that think they know about such things, yet clearly, don't. Having had experience in multiple Michelin starred kitchens & had had several frank conversations with their inspectors, I can say with conviction that…Read more Michelin 2019 – Press reaction