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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

September 2010 – Stephen Terry picks up the AA Restaurant of the Year Wales Award for his Abergavenny restaurant, The Hardwick.

Attended by industry chefs, hoteliers and restaurateurs, last night’s AA Hospitality Awards 2010, held at the London Hilton on Park Lane was a momentous evening for Chef Stephen Terry whose Abergavenny restaurant, The Hardwick, picked up the prestigious AA Restaurant of the Year Wales Award. It’s been one hell of a fortnight, having also thrown open the shutters on 8 new bedrooms and seen a newly refurbished bar and restaurant packed to the rafters during the Abergavenny Food Festival.

“We selected The Hardwick as AA Restaurant of the Year for Wales because this delightful country road side restaurant has fast become one of Wales’ most popular dining destinations. This is in no small way due to the passion and dedication of acclaimed chef patron, Stephen Terry, who along with his family has put everything into making this a fantastic, value for money destination restaurant.”
Giovanna Grossi, AA

“This feels like an almighty pat on the back for all of us. Creating consistency and exceeding expectations is only possible because I've got a really great, finely tuned orchestra at work. I'm simply the conductor.”
Stephen Terry, chef patron The Hardwick.

The Hardwick is a country pub which very much leans towards being a restaurant. This is largely due to the owner, critically acclaimed chef Stephen Terry, being a cook by nature and not a publican. A place where everybody is made to feel welcome, whether it be for a quick pint or meeting friends and family for lunch or dinner, The Hardwick has a simple & honest philosophy- to source, cook and serve to the best of its abilities at all times.

Produce is treated with the respect it deserves and served with the minimum of fuss and maximum of flavour, using seasonal produce that allows customers and staff alike to look forward to certain ingredients throughout the year.

Creating The Hardwick has been a labour of love for Stephen, with the combination of his honest and intelligent food with The Hardwick’s relaxed, unstuffy atmosphere earning it the reputation as one of the best restaurants in the country.

The Hardwick is no stranger to critical acclaim. In 2007, The Hardwick was awarded a Bib Gourmand by the Michelin Guide, it has retained it every year since and is currently the only restaurant in Wales to hold one. Two years on, The Hardwick was named runner-up for the Best Restaurant in the Observer Food Monthly awards and feted for having the UK’s “Best Use of Local Produce” by the Good Food Guide. Last year, ranking 51st in the top 100 restaurants at the National Restaurant Awards 2009, this “highly recommended” establishment was crowned “Best Dining Pub in Wales” (Good Pub Guide 2010).

Known for its mighty reputation as an outstanding place to eat and drink, Terry’s restaurant was expanded in time for this year’s Abergavenny Food Festival to offer visitors an astounding place to stay. The result is a gastronomic hideaway in the heart of Wales’ lush, verdant hills with 8 contemporary bedrooms, combining elegant, understated design with Welsh charm. The ultimate gourmet getaway with state-of-the-art comfort.

Reservations number: 01873 854220

Address: The Hardwick
Old Raglan Road

Email: info@thehardwick.co.uk
Website: www.thehardwick.co.uk

About the AA Hospitality Awards
Winners are selected in recognition of their excellence and success within their chosen market, but they must also have shown a significant improvement in their services and facilities in the preceding 12-18 months. Achieving an award puts an establishment at the pinnacle of the hospitality industry.

For more information on the AA Hospitality Awards please refer to their website;

About Stephen Terry
Chef- proprietor Stephen Terry has a great pedigree. From starting off his career with Marco Pierre White to achieving a Michelin star (for the second time) at The Walnut Tree in Abergavenny, Stephen’s talents have recently been witnessed on TV courtesy of The Great British Menu. Stephen’s arrival at The Hardwick has been a long and interesting journey.

After training with Marco at his first restaurant, Harvey’s, Stephen went to Le Gavroche where his introduction to classic French cooking became an integral part of the foundation of his philosophy to cooking. His next stop was Scotland as Sous Chef at The Breaval Old Mill, followed by a journey back to London where he opened The Canteen in Chelsea Harbour for Marco and Michael Caine and was awarded his first Michelin star, at the age of 25.

After two years at The Canteen, it was time for a sabbatical and France beckoned. Following six months in the South of France at a one star Relais chateau Le Roches, Stephen spent a further successful six months at Parisian two star Michelin L’Arpege led by inspirational Chef Alain Passard, eventually leaving to take up an offer from Oliver Peyton to be head Chef at his new restaurant, Coast in Mayfair, London – still remembered as one of the most cutting edge restaurants of the late nineties.

After Coast, Stephen travelled a little, taking in Australia and parts of North America and was then approached by Francesco Taruschio to purchase The Walnut Tree Inn. In 2002, a year after opening, Stephen won a Michelin star. Two years later, he returned to London to a position as Head Chef consultant at Cecconis, the legendary Italian restaurant in Mayfair that was in need of a little inspiration. From Cecconis it was on to another consultancy at The Pear Tree Inn, Whitley, Wiltshire, which was then awarded Best Pub in England by the AA Guide in 2005. It was whilst commuting from home in South Wales that The Horse & Jockey Pub came on the market. With a new lease of life and the help and support of friends and family, The Hardwick was born within four weeks of purchase.

Images available upon request
For further information on The Hardwick, please contact Sarah Canet
E: sarah@spoon-pr.com
T: +44 (0)20 7610 9821

Friday, September 24, 2010

Bill Granger at Whole Foods

Last night Bill Granger was signing copies of his new book 'Bill's Basics' at Whole Foods on Kensington High Street, tempting the crowds with a mountain of brownies and a mountain of books, by 8 o'clock all that was left were crumbs - success indeed.
Thirsty Thursday was taking place too, with recipes from Bill's newest collection of simple and delicious meals - from his 'Crisp skinned salmon with Green goddess dressing' through to a 'Chicken and dried apricot pilaf'. Spoon Hq were lucky enough to grab a plate of the truly incredible 'Crisp Pork Belly with apple' - crisp salty crackling above tender, succulent velvety meat... our Sunday roast plans are now decided upon!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Laura Santtini

Exciting News!

From October, Laura Santtini fans in Canada will be able to get their hands on her famous Taste #5 Unami Paste. Holt Renfrew will be stocking Taste #5 as part of their Christmas holiday selection!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Bill's Basics put to the Test

Yesterday continued our week of culinary adventures here at Spoon as we tested out another recipe from Bill's Basics. On Tuesday, his laksa reigned supreme. Light, fragrant and brothy, it was quick and cheap to prepare. And with being easily adaptable to whatever veggies you happen to have, we thought this was a winner!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Four months ago publisher Lannice Snyman died and the family-owned publishing house went into survival mode. Lannice's daughter and virtual business partner Tamsin has taken charge of the business and Lannice Snyman Publishing is back up and running, continuing the special legacy that Lannice left.


Lannice Snyman Publishing currently has 15 cookbook titles in print and looks forward to continue producing South Africa’s finest and top-selling cookbooks.
We are therefore extremely thrilled to announce our latest cookbook, Simply Good Food by acclaimed author and all-round foodie Justine Drake. The book will be launched countrywide in the next few weeks. Justine presents a selection of fresh and original recipes based on ingredients and principles from the Discovery Vitality HealthyFood™ programme. She has, with characteristic flair, struck a fine balance between the art of healthy eating and the scientific principles at the heart of the programme. It is upbeat, accessible, inspirational and, above all, appetising.


Courtenay Snyman remains in charge of distribution and makes sure our books reach all corners of Southern Africa as well as America, UK and Australia. We are pleased to be working with Pick n Pay and you’ll see Simply Good Food on their shelves this month. Book sellers should make sure to contact Courtenay to ensure they don't sell out.

American Express Platinum Fine Dining Programme

Publisher Tamsin Snyman will take over the Western Cape region for these annual awards. American Express® conceived and developed the Platinum Fine Dining Programme as a tripartite relationship with its discerning Platinum Card members and the country’s truly special restaurants.

This year's awards took place in Johannesburg on 6 September and in Cape Town on Monday, 20 September at Jordan Restaurant with George Jardine.
Visit www.americanexpress.co.za/personal/platinum_fine_dining.asp for more info.

S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards

Event Director Nathan Garnett has asked Tamsin to take over from Lannice as Regional Chairman (Southern Africa & Indian Ocean Islands) for the S. Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurant Awards which takes place in London every year. She will select and work with 30 locally-based judges who travel and eat out internationally. South Africa’s La Colombe (Luke Dale-Roberts) is currently in 12th position and Le Quartier Français (Margot Janse) is currently in 31st position.

Restaurant Consulting

If you need a menu revamp or your food styling turned up a notch, know that we are passionate about getting things right! Don’t miss the new 12-course menu we planned and devised for GOLD Restaurant which is launching 20 September.
Go to www.goldrestaurant.co.za and book a table and experience the finest Cape Malay and African cuisine that Cape Town has to offer.

Rickety Bridge Gourmet Products

Lannice and Tamsin joined forces with Rickety Bridge Wine Estate in Franschhoek to create an innovative range of co-branded gourmet products. We have had wonderful press coverage since we launched in March this year. A newly built food manufacturing plant and a dedicated team is in place to produce the range of 20 products which include speciality salts, salad splashes, balsamic squeezes, chutneys and relishes. Our current top sellers are the Tomato, Chilli & Coriander Sauce, Garlic & Ginger Peri-Peri, Red Wine Onion Jam and the Pomegranate Salad Splash. We stock the entire range at our office in Hout Bay, so please pop round anytime to sample the range and take a bottle of something special to your next dinner party. Visit www.ricketybridge.com for more info.

Bay Gourmet Catering & Events

Tamsin's own business, Bay Gourmet Catering will take a back seat for the immediate future, but we are available for any queries. Having been in the event co-ordination game for seven years, we have a heap of knowledge that we love to share.

The Bay Gourmet Hiring Division of crockery, platters and stemware will remain in operation, so please be in touch if you need anything from our well-stocked storeroom for your next special occasion. (021 790-3367 or 082 8989-442)

We look forward to welcoming you to indulge in our brand new website www.lannicesnyman.com which will be up and running in the next few weeks. Watch this space!

Join us on Twitter - @tamsinsnyman – and keep track of where we are, what we are eating and the happy events we find ourselves at.

We are in the process of creating a blog and we’ll be keeping you up to speed with what’s happening and hot-off-the-press food news.
We look forward to once again working with all our customers and clients and establishing connections with future partners.

Tamsin Snyman

Courtenay Snyman
Distribution Manager

Michael Snyman


Spoon HQ was lucky enough to stay at Stephen and Jo Terry's luxurious hide-away- THE HARDWICK-nestled in the beautiful hills of Abergavenny during last weekend's Food Festival. After a busy day trawling the Festival, and later filling up on Wild Boar and local cider at the Castle, what could be better than returning to a packed Hardwick bar, filled with merry Festival goers? As our taxi travelled the short journey along the rambling road from town, we welcomed the warm glow from The Hardwick's window in the distance and felt giddy at the prospect of getting into our beautiful, brand new, bedroom.

Pampered by Champney's sugar salt scrubs, luxurious White Company bedding and dressing gowns, we had a look through the DVD library and armed with a vast selection of every tea, coffee and sugar we have ever wanted, settled down for the most peaceful and relaxing night a couple on Londoners have had in a long time.

In the morning, we made our way over to the Hardwick's new dining room and feasted on what Spoon HQ has now proclaimed to be the "Best Breakfast in Britain." Here's what we had (we challenge you to find a better breakfast this side of the Atlantic/Pacific)

Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
Local Organic Apple Juice

Teas, Cafetiere Coffee, Espresso, Cappuccino


Greek Yoghurt with Granola and Local Honey

A Rack of Toast with Butter, Jams, Marmite or Lemon Curd

Cooked Welsh Breakfast: Bacon, Sausage, Fried Egg, Mushroom, Tomato, Baked Beans, Black Pudding and Bread Fried in Pork Fat

Black Mountain Smoked Salmon with Free-Range Scrambled Eggs

Poached, Fried or Scrambled Eggs on Toast

Toasted Bacon or Sausage Sandwich

Smoked haddock with Poached Eggs and Mustard Sauce

I could gush all day about Stephen's food and I haven't started on the bedrooms (and most importantly, the bathrooms) More to come.......


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South Africa, Cape Town, Tuesday, 21 September 2010; Luke Dale-Roberts has secured warehouse premises in Cape Town at Woodstock’s bustling Old Biscuit Mill as part of his vision to create a unique fine dining experience.

Named ‘The Test Kitchen’, it will be a creative space for Luke and his team to explore the relationship between art and food. Time will be split between developing new dishes, researching flavour combinations and designs, and of course operating an intimate dining venue offering guests something quite out of the ordinary.

In under four years as Executive Chef at La Colombe, Luke has taken the restaurant to 12th place at the San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, picking up Eat Out’s Restaurant of the Year along the way, and the coveted Rossouw’s three star rating for the past two consecutive years. He has recently been appointed to a hands-on consultancy role at this renowned eatery.

In planning this project Luke has been working closely with some of South Africa’s most talented designers and artists in a collaborative effort to bring a wholly original sensory dining experience to the restaurant scene.

Luke commented, “I wanted to put myself into a completely new environment, take myself out of my comfort zone. I have been spending a lot of time in the last few months with all kinds of artists.

This has been something new for me and totally inspiring. The more time I spent with them, the more I realised I wanted to try something new. This project is the realization of a vision that has been formed through the many experiences I have had before coming to South Africa, as well as during my time here. I am going to start again. Look at everything with a keener eye and take more time to enjoy the creative process”.

The Test Kitchen will open November 2010. During the first month of operation Luke will be entertaining exclusive groups of guests offering tailor made dining experiences on a booking only basis. Following on from this the test kitchen will open its doors for lunch and dinner. For bookings or further information visit www.thetestkitchen.co.za or follow Luke on Twitter.

For press assistance contact Ian or Lise Manley of Manley Communications on 0861 MANLEY (626 539), email to premierbrands@publicity.co.za or visit the Press Room of Manley Communications at www.manleycommunications.co.za.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Bill at Abergavenny

Bill entertained crowds at the Abergavenny Food Festival on Sunday with a cooking demonstration, and a conversation with Henry Dimbleby. It was a fun and relaxed event with questions taken from the audience. Spoon's very own Sarah Canet made a guest appearance in the kitchen, showing off her superb home economic skills. Bill whipped up a delectable array of delights during the demo, and treated onlookers to an exhibition of his famous scrambled eggs, prawn noodle salad, and lovely lemon chicken.

The Rude Health Debate: Local Markets or Supermarkets? Where to for the aspiring quality food business?

Saturday evening saw the most successful debate at Abergavenny to date.

Hosted by Rude Health, the debate between Rude Health's Camilla Barnard, The Grocer's Adam Leyland, Slow Food's Catherine Gazzoliand, and Patchwork Pate's Rufus Carter, was chaired by Sheila Dillon, and asked the question "Local Markets or Supermarkets: Where to for the aspiring quality food business?"

A lively debate was initiated by the panel and sustained by a feisty bunch of producers, suppliers and members of the public including Valentine Warner, Chocolatier Paul Young and Trewly Farm's James Swift.

Rude Health has a tradition of sparking healthy debates and discussions that rotate around food and the food industry. Co-founder Nick Barnard is forever ranting and raving about real food, and Saturday proved he is not alone in his passion.

Bill's Basics put to the Test

Today kicked off a week of culinary adventures here at Spoon, as we set out to try one recipe from Bill's Basics every lunchtime. Today it was Nasi goreng and what a treat it was! So easy, and with not many ingredients, we knocked it up in about 20 minutes from start to finish. We couldn't get hold of any kecap manis at our local supermarket so made it up ourselves by simmering soy sauce, brown sugar and some star anise together until it became a deiliciously thick and gloopy syrup. This was an all round winner, wholesome and satisfying, yet packed full of flavour. Three empty plates indicate that it will have to be made again. Check here soon for our next lunchtime experiment.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Bill Granger Cooking LIVE for Australialive at Westfield Shepherds Bush

Alice Stanners of Spoon HQ has just sent through an image of Bill wowing Westfield crowds for the Australialive event there today.

The assembled people are getting treated to master-class of his Lemon Chicken and Thai Beef Salad from his newly published book Bill's Basics.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Bill's Brunch at Hereford Road

On Saturday 11th September, Bill Granger hosted a brunch serving a selection of his classic reciepies at Nottinghill restaurant, Hereford Road.
Friends, family, journalists and fellow West Londoners spent the morning tasting a variety of dishes including sweetcorn fritters, crab cakes, ricotta hotcakes and brownies, washed down with Prosecco.

The Old Brewery Wins Best New Design at Time Out Awards

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Paris Restaurant Tips

Here at Spoon, there is only one thing we like more than food, and that's when food is combined with travel. So we've put together our top Paris restaurant tips to help you plan your next city break.

Le Chateaubriand - The coolest place with the greatest food, it was ranked No. 11 in this year's 50 Best Restaurants. The menu is decided on the day with meals costing around 45 euros per head. Early booking is advised.


Thoumiex- The new restaurant from Jean-Francois Piege (previously of the Crillon).


Chez Michel- It's not new but it is our all-time favourite restaurant in Paris. You eat elbow to elbow with the next table and the waiters look as if they've been dragged off the street. When matched with the food this is a wonderful experience.


Rino – Highly recommended by blogger Foodsnob.


Spring - Rumour is circulating in the foodie world that this is the hottest place to be.


Frenchie – This cute bistro is headed by Grégory Lemarch who previously worked with Jamie Oliver. Glorious food reasonably priced.


Le Verre Volè – This small eatery only seats 18 and is also a very well stocked wine shop.

Thirsty Thursday

On Thursday 23rd September Bill will be signing copies of his new book Bills Basics at Whole Foods in Kensington. The resident Chefs will be cooking up the following tasty treats, which will be available to sample.

Stir-fried tofu with chilli and basil
Chard with olive and lemon
Pan-fried fish with 2 sauces
Crisp pork belly with apple
Chicken and dried apricot pilaf

All will be expertly matched with the perfect wines.

Time: 1700-20.30

Whole Foods Kensington
The Barkers Building
63-97 Kensington High Street

All the details can be found here:

Made In Camden- in the making

Here's a sneaky peak at Made in Camden, North London's soon-to-be favourite bar and dining room. Watch this space...


Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Bill Granger Brunch at Hereford Road SOLD OUT!

Just 24 hours after our last Bill Granger post and the tickets for the Bill Granger lunch at Hereford Road has already sold out. But never fear, there are still tickets available for other events on Bill's book-tour in celebration of his beautiful new book Bill's Basics.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Dinner at Noma - 7 September 2010

Nasturtium flower and wild snail


Seabuck thorn leather and pickled hip roses

Cookie with lardo and currant

Rye bread, chicken skin, split peas and smoked cheese

Radish, soil and herbs

Pickled and smoked quails egg

Toast, herbs, smoked cod roe and vinegar

Shrimps and sea urchin

Dill and beach plants

Gem salad and hazelnutmilk

White currant and juniper

Dried Scallops and grains

Watercress and squid

Mahogni clam and cucumber seeds

Tatar and sorrel

Taragon and juniper

Langoustine and söl

Parsley and seawater

Oyster and the ocean

Cauliflower and pine

Celeriac and black truffle

Garden sorrel

The hen and the egg

Deer and wild thyme

Beetroots and red fruits


Hay and chamomile

Sorrel and herbs

Jerusalem artichoke and marjoram

Apple and malt

Blueberries and wood sorrel

Walnuts and blackberries

Dusted cream

Monday, September 06, 2010

Bill's Basics Hereford Road Menu

Hot of the Press - the dishes for the inaugural event of Bill's Basics Book Tour have been confirmed and here at Spoon HQ we're already salivating with anticipation.

Ricotta hotcakes and clementine curd

Mini hash browns and house-cured gravlax

Corn fritters and chilli relish

Hereford Road toast and Bill's scrambled eggs

Crab cakes

Butterscotch madeleines


Glass of Prosecco on arrival

Cafetieres of coffee and hot milk

Smoothies for kids

Places are still available at the Notting Hill neighbourhood restaurant for the informal, sociable brunch. Children welcome.

Saturday 11th September

Bill Granger Brunch at Hereford Road

Address: 3 Hereford Road (Opposite Leinster Square), London, W2 4AB

Time: 11am – 12.30 pm

Tickets: £12.50 for adults including a glass of Prosecco.

£7 for children

To book your place contact 020 7727 1144 or info@herefordroad.org