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Friday, April 30, 2010

Rude Health lets of steam at Real Food Festival

Friday 7 - Sunday 9 May
Earl's Court, London

2pm at The Bandstand

The gang from Rude Health are back again to rant and rave about their food-related passions. They will be joined by celebrated chefs, food writers and producers as they too step onto the hay bale and up to the microphone.

This year's rants - for they've become an annual affair - are being held in the Bandstand from 2.00 - 3.30pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Hear the low down on the latest food issues from those in the know. Hecklers welcome. The more vocal the better!

Richard Bertinet, master baker and chef, will be ranting at Real Food. As will Cyrus Todiwala CBE, another fantastic ranter. You can listen to their rants from the Abergavenny Food Festival on the Rude Health website: www.rudehealth.com

Ante from the Ethiopian Coffee Co. (one of the producer exhibiting at the show) will be riling about proper coffee whilst Halon Mon, the Welsh salt producers, will be ranting about the importance of sea salt in our diet.

Listen to last year’s rants by the likes of chef and food writer Thomasina Miers, Real Bread campaigner Chris Young and Slow Food UK founder Wendy Fogarty at www.rudehealth.com/why-rude-health/nick-rant

Each ranting session will be followed by SUDI'S RUDIE FOODIE QUIZ .... Let Rude Health take the temperature of your rude food knowledge.

If you'd like to rant too or for more information please contact:
Sarah Canet
Telephone: 020 7610 9821
Email: sarah @ spoon-pr.com

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Marque marked up

Marque Restaurant scoops Breakthrough Award at the S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2010

Marque with chef-patron Mark Best at the helm continues to go from strength to strength. Narrowly missing the “50 Best” Marque has made it onto the 51-100 list in 67th position. Most significantly however it has been awarded this year’s breakthrough award giving it ‘one to watch’ status. Other restaurants to have been awarded this title include Paris’ Le Chateaubriand, this year’s highest ranking French restaurant (11).

Over the past nine years the S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards has established itself as the most credible guide to the best places to eat on earth. The list is compiled by Restaurant magazine and created from the votes of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, an influential group of over 800 international leaders in the restaurant industry.

Mark Best and his wife Valerie wanted to open a simple, intimate restaurant like those they loved in Paris and so in 2000 Marque was born on a small vacant site in Sydney’s Surry Hills. Only five months after opening, Marque was awarded Two Hats by the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide and Best New Restaurant in Mietta’s national Restaurant Guide. The keys to Marque’s success are the chef-patron’s love for the creative process and renewal, as well as his eternal dissatisfaction. Using only the very best ingredients, Marque’s limitations define its cuisine: having a very small team and kitchen, nothing is superfluous, everything must have a reason to exist. Each dish has to be delicious, harmonic and aesthetic. The technique must be hidden, ingredients have to shine.

Originally an electrician in the gold mines of Western Australia then an industrial electrician in refitting submarines, Mark Best discovered the stoves accidentally. Having created his own business Peninsula Bistrot in Sydney in 1995 which he followed with extensive experience working in the greatest kitchens in Paris, at Alain Passard’s L’Arpege, and in the UK, at Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir Aux Quatre Saisons, Mark Best has become an unquestionable symbol of the new Australian cuisine.

In his fourth year of apprenticeship at the Macleay Street Bistro in Sydney Mark Best was awarded the Josephine Pignolet Award for “Best Up and Coming Chef”. It was the first of many awards, since 2001 Marque and its creator have been awarded “Three Hats”, “Best French Restaurant” and “Chef of the year” by the Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Guide, “Restaurant of the Year” by Restaurant & Catering Association of Australia and most recently “Restaurant of the Year” by Time Out’s Sydney Food Guide and “Master Chef” at the World Gourmet Summit at Singapore.

For further information & pictures contact:
http://public.me.com/markbest , - password “markbest”

UK – Spoon PR
Sarah Canet
Telephone: +44 207 610 9821

Australia- Drysdale Communications
Elisabeth Drysdale
Telephone: +61 295 558 964

Marque Restaurant
4/5 355 Crown Street
Surry Hills, NSW 2010
Telephone: +61 2 9332 2225

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All change! Noma in Copenhagen named as the World’s Best Restaurant on list dominated by new talent


-The S.Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurant & The Acqua Panna European Best
Restaurant: Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark
-Lifetime Achievement Award: Eckart Witzigmann.
-Restaurant Magazine Chef of the Decade: Ferran Adrià, Spain
-The Acqua Panna Best Restaurant in North America: Alinea, Chicago, USA
-The Acqua Panna Best Restaurant in The Middle East & Africa: La Colombe,Cape Town, South Africa
-The Acqua Panna Best Restaurant in South America: D.O.M, Sao Paolo, Brazil
-The Acqua Panna Best Restaurant in Asia: Les Creations de Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
-Chef’s Choice Award: The Fat Duck, Bray, UK
-The Highest Climber: Daniel, New York, USA
-Highest New Entry: Schloss Schauenstein, Switzerland
-Restaurant Breakthrough Award: Marque, Sydney, Australia.

The S.Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurant has today been announced as Copenhagen’s Noma. Run by 32 year-old head chef Rene Redzepi, Noma has taken the coveted top slot with the most votes from an Academy of over 800 international critics, journalists and food experts in the awards organised by Restaurant Magazine.

Situated on Copenhagen’s dockside in a stylishly converted 18th century shipping warehouse where most dishes are served by the chefs themselves, Noma leads the trend in ‘cold climate cuisine’. Famous for taking truly seasonal and local ingredients, many of which are unheard of outside of the Nordic region, and creating dishes such as radishes in edible soil that acutely demonstrate nature on a plate, the restaurant has quickly established itself as a place of pilgrimage. Copenhagen is no longer the last stop on the gastronomic subway.

After four consecutive years at the top Ferran Adria’s El Bulli has taken second place this year. His achievement of remaining at the top on 5 occasions in the last decade is an outstanding achievement. To recognize his achievement Restaurant Magazine has today presented Ferran with the first ever ‘Chef of the Decade’ award.
The UK’s Fat Duck completes the top three restaurants and confirms Heston Blumenthal’s reputation as one of the most exciting and admired chefs in the world. As an additional accolade Heston also takes this year’s ‘Chefs’ Choice’ award after being nominated by his peers as the ‘Chefs’ chef’ – praise indeed. On the British front, Claude Bosi’s Mayfair restaurant Hibiscus also represents an exciting new breakthrough to the top 50.

The amount of movement in this year’s list clearly demonstrates that this is not a static account of established restaurants but an at-a-glance guide to the best talent in global dining. Consumers may argue about what makes a good restaurant or not and of course opinions may differ but this list confirms the wider trends on the global scene and sets the tone for the year ahead.

Paul Wootton, editor of Restaurant which organises the awards said: “This year’s list is an exciting one that highlights in particular the wealth of young, dynamic chefs bringing new ideas to the world of gastronomy. René Redzepi’s rise to the top shows that the Academy members who vote are keen to recognise this new wave of talent rubbing alongside those with more established international fame. Whether Ferran Adrià’s considerable achievements at the top of the list are ever matched in future is another matter entirely, however, and we have celebrated his feats with our new award for Chef of the Decade. We are very much looking forward to the next 10years with the list continuing to inspire debate and court opinion all over the world.”

Europe performs particularly well at the higher end of the list with Spanish and Italian restaurants taking five of the places in the top 10 whilst the US has a strong showing of three including Grant Achatz’s Chicago based restaurant Alinea at number seven.

Alinea has the accolade of being named as ‘ Acqua Panna Best Restaurant in North America’ topping a meteoric rise over just three years on the list. Another American restaurant in the top 10 also enjoyed the highest climb, 33 spaces up the list this year is Daniel Boulud’s Daniel Restaurant in New York.

New French talent is firmly on the map with the ‘rock star chefs’ from Paris, Le Chateaubriand, sure to rock the boat by rising 29 places to number 11, making it the highest placed French restaurant - an indication perhaps that the more casual style of dining has this year captured the attention of chefs and restaurant critics the world over.

More Asian, Australasian, South American and Japanese restaurants are present this year. The French style of cooking still features strongly with the Acqua Panna Best Restaurant in South Africa (La Colombe, 12) and the Acqua Panna Best Restaurant in Asia (Les Creations de Narisawa, Japan, 24). However, Quay was named as Acqua Panna Best Restaurant in Australasia (27) and D.O.M - Acqua Panna Best Restaurant in South America, 18 - and both break away from the classical into the defiantly modern.
Unsurprisingly for those World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy members, Mexico City has had its first entry into the list with Biko. Opened by Basque chefs Bruno Oteiza and Mikel Alonso, dishes like the Foie 100% Cotton Candy perfectly demonstrate why they have named their style as ‘evolution cuisine’. Biko has entered the list at 46 this year and could be one to watch in years to come.

Other notable new entries onto the list for 2010 include Aqua in the industrial town of Wolfsburg, Germany (34), De Librije (Netherlands, 37) and Schloss Schauenstein (Switzerland, 30).

Mark Best’s Marque in Sydney, the gourmets’ secret destination dining room, is named as the restaurant tipped to breakthrough into the top 50 in 2011. Marque so narrowly missed the mark that Restaurant magazine are confident that of all of the new restaurants ranking 51 - 100, his is the one best placed to breakthrough on to the list next year.

Finally, one of the most prestigious awards is the annually awarded Lifetime Achievement award, which this year goes to the Austrian chef Eckart Witzigmann who has built a long and illustrious career in Germany over many years. The first German speaking chef to hold three Michelin stars, his contribution to the culinary world has been recognised by Restaurant Magazine and the Academy’s panel.

The S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards were held at the Guildhall in London on Monday 26th April 2010 in a ceremony often talked about as the ‘Oscars’ of the global dining scene. Humanitarian organisation Action Against Hunger has once again been chosen as the official charity of the S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

Food lovers across the globe will have the chance to purchase a once-in-a-lifetime meal at the 50 best restaurants in the world by bidding on eBay, with all proceeds going to Action Against Hunger’s live-saving work in 40 countries worldwide, including Haiti. Bidding begins on 27 April 2010.


Notes to editors:
Restaurant Magazine is the UK’s leading publication for restaurateurs and chefs, and has been running The World’s 50 Best Restaurants since 2002. Restaurant Magazine is solely responsible for organising the awards, collating the votes and producing the list.

S.Pellegrino is continuing its successful partnership as title sponsor of the awards. S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna are the leading natural mineral waters in the fine dining world. Together they interpret the Italian style worldwide as a synthesis of excellence, pleasure and well-being.

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The S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2010

The S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2010

All change! Noma in Copenhagen named as the World’s Best Restaurant on list dominated by new talent


1 Noma Denmark (▲2) +45 3296 3297 noma.dk
2 El Bulli Spain (▼1) + 34 972 150 457 elbulli.com
3 The Fat Duck UK (▼1) +44 (0) 1628 580 333 thefatduck.co.uk
4 El Celler de Can Roca Spain (▲1)+34 972 22 21 57 cellercanroca.com
5 Mugaritz Spain (▼1) +34 943 522 455 mugaritz.comx
6 Osteria Francescana Italy (▲7) +39 (0)59 210 118 osteriafrancescana.it
7 Alinea USA (▲3) +1 312-867-0110 alinea-restaurant.com
8 Daniel USA (▲33) +1 212 288 0033 danielnyc.com
9 Arzak Spain (▼1) +34 943 78456 arzak.es
10 Per Se United States (▼4) +1212 823 9335 perseny.com
11 Le Chateaubriand France (▲29) +33 (0)1 43574595
12 La Colombe South Africa (▲26) + 27 (0) 21 794 2390 constantia-uitsig.com
13 Pierre Gagnaire France (▼4) + 33 01 58 36 12 50 pierre-gagnaire.com
14 Hotel de Ville Switzerland (▲2) +41 21 634 0505 philippe-rochat.ch
15 Le Bernardin USA (=) +1 212 554 1515 le-bernardin.com
16 L’Astrance France (▼5) +33 1 40 50 84 40 lastrance.abemadi.com
17 Hof van Cleve Belgium (▲9) +32 (0) 9 383 5848 hofvancleve.com
18 D.O.M. Brazil (▲6) +55 11 3088 0761 domrestaurante.com.br
19 Oud Sluis Holland (▲10) +31 (0) 117-461269 oudsluis.nl
20 Le Calandre Italy (▲29) +39 049 630303 alajmo.it
21 Steirereck Austria (▲9) +43 (1) 713 31 68 steirereck.at/wien restaurant
22 Vendome Germany (▲3) +49 (0) 22 04 42 1941 schlossbensberg.com
23 Chez Dominique Finland (▼2) + 358 9 612 7393 chezdominique.fi
24 Les Créations de Narisawa Japan (▼4)+81 (3) 5785 0799 narisawa-yoshihiro.com
25 Mathias Dahlgren Sweden (▲25) +46 (0) 8 679 35 84 mathiasdahlgren.com
26 Momofuku Ssam Bar USA (▲5) +1 212 254-3500 momofuku.com
27 Quay Australia (▲19)+ 61 (2) 9251 5600 quay.com.au
28 Iggy’s Singapore (▲17)+65 6732 2234 iggys.com.sg
29 L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon France (▼11)+33 1 42 225656 joel-robuchon.com
30 Schloss Schauenstein Switzerland (New Entry) +41 81 632 10 80 schauenstein.ch
31 Le Quartier Francais South Africa (▲6) +27 21 876 2151 lequartier.co.za
32 The French Laundry USA (▼20) +1 707 944 2380 frenchlaundry.com
33 Martin Berasategui Spain (=) +34 943 366 471 martinberasategui.com
34 Aqua Germany (New Entry) +49 5361 606056 restaurant-aqua.com
35 Combal Zero Italy (▲7) +39 011 9565225 combal.org
36 Dal Pescatore Italy (▲12) +39 (0)37 672 3001 dalpescatore.com
37 De Librije Netherlands (New Entry) +31 (0)38 4212083 librije.com
38 Tetsuya’s Australia (▼21) +61 (2)9267 2900 tetsyuas.com
39 Jaan par Andre Singapore (New Entry) +65 6338 8585 swissotel.com/singapore-stamford
40 Il Canto Italy (New Entry) +39 (0)577 28 81 80 certosadimaggiano.com
41 Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee France (Re-entry) +33 1 53 67 66 65 plaza-athenee-paris.com
42 Oaxen Krog Sweden (▼10) +46 8 8 551 531 05 oaxenkrog.se
43 St John UK (▼29) +44 020 7251 0848 stjohnrestaurant.com
44 La Maison Troisgros France (Re-entry) +33 4 77 71 66 97 troisgros.fr
45 wd~50 USA (Re-entry) +1 212 477 2900 wd-50.com
46 Biko Mexico (New Entry) +52 55 5282 0722 biko.com.m
47 Die Schwarzwaldstube Germany (▼24) +49 7442 4926 traube-tonbach.de
48 Nihonryori RyuGin Japan (New Entry) +81 3 3423 8006 nihonryori-ryugin.com
49 Hibiscus UK (New Entry) +44 020 7629 2999 hibiscusrestaurant.co.uk
50 Eleven Madison Park USA (New Entry) +1 212 889 090 elevenmadisonpark.com
The S.Pellegrino World’s
50 Best Restaurants 2010

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Alain Ducasse and Joel Robuchon cook together at Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

London, April 2010

The S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2010 will be announced on Monday 26th April. To celebrate this event in London, both Alain Ducasse and Joel Robuchon will combine forces on Sunday 25th April, when Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester will host a dinner for the World’s 50 Best Restaurant Academy chairmen. This is the first time the two world-renowned and most awarded chefs will work together on this unique occasion, cooking for the world’s most savvy and respected foodies.

The delicate sea urchin amuse-bouche, cheese creamy soufflé course and chocolate dessert will be created by Joel Robuchon whilst the Alain Ducasse menu will include a scallops and morels starter and main course options of sea bass and shellfish jus or farm house veal and “primeur” vegetables dishes.

The entire meal will be crafted as a ‘quatre mains’ exercise, with Joel Robuchon, Alain Ducasse and their respective London based Executive Chefs Olivier Limousin and Jocelyn Herland creating the fantastic dinner.

The world’s critics will be sipping on Champagne Bruno Paillard 1996 Blanc de Blancs, served in magnums and Bordeaux wines offered by Bernard Magrez.

The Academy is comprised of 806 members, each selected for their expert opinion of the international restaurant scene. Each of the 26 geographical regions has a chairperson appointed for their knowledge of their part of the restaurant world. These chairs each selected a voting panel of 30 – ensuring a balanced selection of chefs, restaurateurs, food/restaurant journalists and gourmands.

For further information please contact Romilly King, Amanda Watts or Fiona Hemming at The Communications Store
T: 020-7938-1010 / E: romilly@tcs-uk.net / amandawatts@tcs-uk.net / fiona@tcs-uk.net

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
Park Lane, London, W1K 1QA
T: 020-7629-8866 / W: www.alainducasse-dorchester.com
Open for lunch Tuesday–Friday and dinner from Tuesday-Saturday

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Old Brewery is looking for a new leader … a Foursquare Mayor


The Old Brewery is looking for a new leader … a Foursquare Mayor

From today until May 6th, The Old Brewery is partnering with Foursquare, the location-based social networking phenomenon, to find a new Mayor for their new restaurant, bar, cafe and experimental brewery in the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College, part of the spectacular World Heritage Site of Maritime Greenwich.
Foursquare enables people to connect and share information about their favourite places based on their location. Points and badges are awarded for "checking in" at venues, allowing users to compete on a leader board against their friends. The user that checks in the most times to a venue becomes its "Mayor" and remains in that position until they're ousted by a rival.

In this pioneering competition, which is bringing together the enthusiastic Foursquare community in time for the UK’s General Election, the candidate with the most ‘Check-Ins’ to The Old Brewery will be crowned Mayor and will win a Mayoral feast for two. The Old Brewery is no stranger to London’s Mayors- the appointed Foursquare Mayor will follow in the footsteps of Greenwich’s very own Mayor Allan MacCarthy and the might footsteps of London Mayor Boris Johnson, who launched The Old Brewery last month.

The Old Brewery which opened less than 4 weeks ago is a relaxed cafe by day, and by night the Main Hall, with its dramatic copper-clad beer vessels and waves of suspended bottles, transforms into a restaurant showcasing beer-inspired dishes. As you would expect from one of the UK’s leading brewing companies there’s an extensive list of Meantime Brewing Company’s award-winning beers to compliment each dish. There’s also a cosy bar serving hand-drawn Meantime beers and a handsome walled courtyard for lazy afternoons by the River Thames.

Election-hungry customers should register themselves with Foursquare at www.foursquare.com then visit The Old Brewery and ‘check-in’. Customers can search The Old Brewery when they are at the venue, or type the following address http://foursquare.com/venue/1872076

The more visits and ‘check-ins users make, the greater chance they have of becoming Mayor and winning the prize on May 6th


Opening Hours:
Cafe – 10 am to 5 pm, Monday to Sunday
Restaurant – 6pm to 11 pm, Monday to Saturday & 6pm to 10.30 pm, Sunday
Bar – 11am to 11 pm, Monday to Saturday & 12pm to 10.30 pm, Sunday

Address: The Old Brewery
The Pepys Building
The Old Royal Naval College
Greenwich SE10 9LW

Reservations number: 020 3327 1280
Email: info@oldbrewerygreenwich.com
Website: www.oldbrewerygreenwich.com
Twitter http://twitter.com/oldbrewery
Facebook: http://facebook.com/OldBreweryGreenwich

For further information on The Old Brewery and this competition, please contact:
Sarah Canet E. sarah@spoon-pr.com T. +44 (0)20 7610 9821

More information on Foursquare available at: www.foursquare.com

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Biba & I beat a stylish path to Brighton

After the success of Biba & I with Delisia Howard and Chris Price at The Horse Hospital in London, Plectrum is heading to the coast for a Brighton & Hove scented night of Bibaology. The city in which Barbara Hulanicki spent her teenage years was also home to the only branch of Biba outside London... though the manageress of the haunted shop turned out to be a gangster's moll, and shady characters with names like Phil the Pill and Carol the Arrow mixed with the Biba beauties. Hair-raising tales which Delisia and Chris will recount along with an host of fabulous Bibalogical stories, songs, and rarely seen images, amidst the 1930s splendour of The Brunswick's Venue with its original Art Deco fixtures and fittings and wood panelling; the same panelling which also graces the Orient Express.

“A fabulous voyage through the music of memory, the glittering remembered streets where to be bold and beautiful opened the doors of possibility… Spending an evening with Delisia and Chris is like being taken on a magic carpet ride, passing through Pop Art to Punk, from the cellar clubs of London, Brighton and Paris to the skyscrapers of New York, evoking long forgotten faces and the places where genius resides…”
- Cathi Unsworth, writer, editor, ‘First Lady of Noir Fiction’, whose acclaimed new novel, Bad Penny Blues (Serpent’s Tail) is out now.

Plectrum Live Edition

An evening of illustrated and music accompanied Biba tales & Bibaology
with Delisia Howard & Chris Price

Introduced by Guy Sangster Adams, editor of Plectrum - The Cultural Pick

8pm, Thursday 15th April 2010
at The Brunswick, 1 Holland Road, Hove, BN3
Tickets £6/£5 concessions
To reserve tickets email: guy@theculturalpick.com

Each ticket includes the current issue of
Plectrum – The Cultural Pick magazine

In 1964, Barbara Hulanicki founded a shop that was to change the face of fashion in the 1960s and 1970s, Biba. Hulanicki grew up in
Brighton, and the city was also briefly home to the only branch of the highly influential shop outside London. Writer Delisia Howard
was not only in charge of cosmetics and household for Biba from 1968 to the closing of Big Biba in 1975, but she was also the in house model on whom Hulanicki would fit and refine all her sample clothing designs. With her husband, the illustrator Chris Price, Howard has created the imprint Hazard Books, to produce fabulous limited edition and handmade books, two of which, InBiba and SinBiba, have continued their creative collaboration with Hulanicki, as they also feature her illustrations.

Plus for sale on the night:

The books InBiba & SinBiba by Delisia Howard, Chris Price, and Barbara Hulanicki, in addition to other books from the Hazard imprint, which Delisia and Chris will be happy to sign. Cover prices specially reduced by 15%

Limited edition DVD box sets of the documentary Beyond Biba: A Portrait of Barbara Hulanicki
Cover price specially reduced to £20 or £18 for concessions
& Beyond Biba posters signed by Barbara Hulanicki £10 or £8 for concessions

(Please note no credit or debit card facilities are available on the night)