Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and Pollen Street Social won stars today as the two new London restaurants were recognized in the Michelin Guide to U.K. and Ireland, which for the first time gave a second star to a pub.
Chef Raymond Blanc is backing the winners of his TV show “The Restaurant” to open a cocktail bar with a gastronomic twist. So if you fancy a squid-ink sour or a bacon-and-egg martini, this may be just the place.
Where do chefs and restaurateurs like to go out for a bite to eat near their homes? I asked more than 40 members of London’s culinary elite about their favorite local eateries. Here’s what they had to say:
Chefs and restaurateurs eat out more than some of us and know more about food than most. I asked about 50 of the U.K.’s culinary masters where they enjoyed their best London restaurant meals of the year.
Michelin announces the winners and losers for its 2011 U.K. guide on Jan. 18 and the country’s chefs are betting that Koffmann’s, L’Anima and Marcus Wareing will be among the London restaurants that gain a star.
London chefs and restaurateurs are seeking to raise money for the victims of natural disasters, including last month’s tsunami in Japan, floods and fires in Australia and the earthquake in New Zealand.
Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc., the world’s biggest payment networks, may raise antitrust concerns if they “collude” with larger banks to block limits on debit- card interchange fees and “frighten” small banks into joining the opposition, U.S. Senator Richard Durbin said.
Bids for a dinner prepared by Gordon Ramsay for guests aboard the London Eye on Oct. 8 have reached only 7,400 pounds ($11,500), according to the London Restaurant Festival website . The television chef raised 23,000 pounds to help fight poverty in London at a similar charity event last October.