15 Stunning Fruit Inspired Cakes

15 Stunning Fruit Inspired Cakes

With summer on its way, thoughts usually turn to enjoying the new bounty of fruit at the market. But if you love fruit and baking, it opens the doors to a wonderful new world of beautiful cakes, inspired by the fruit of the season. With that in mind, we’ve gathered just a small collection of the […]

Strada to rebrand following spate of closures

Strada to rebrand following spate of closures

Italian restaurant chain Strada has announced it is set to rebrand and receive “major investment” following a spate of closures at the beginning of the year. The Italian restaurant chain closed 11 branches in England and Wales in January blaming “disappointing trading and rising costs” and was one of the first high-profile casualties of the […]

Masterclass: emulating Escoffier with a morel and ...

Masterclass: emulating Escoffier with a morel and …

Jean-Philippe Blondet’s cookpot of asparagus and morel mushrooms could be straight out of Escoffier’s Guide Culinaire. Michael Raffael reports Auguste Escoffier’s Le Guide Culinaire was, for most of the 20th century, the chef’s bible. Its methods formed the basis of textbook teaching. As a result of its heavyweight influence, French cuisine dominated Western cuisine. Some […]

New Female Chef Database for UK

New Female Chef Database for UK

At a time when gender equality is firmly in the spotlight in the restaurant industry, a London-based team have taken action to raise the visibility of female chefs running restaurants in the UK by launching new initiative: Women of Food. The site, which went live this month, houses a free-access UK female chef database encouraing female chefs from restaurants up […]

How to… survive the casual dining crunch

How to… survive the casual dining crunch

Poor sales and mounting debt from the expansion years have led to full-blown restructurings in the casual dining sector and the arrival of the consultants. James Daglish advises on how to avoid disaster There has been much written about the problems at casual dining chains such as Byron, Strada, Jamie’s Italian, Prezzo, Carluccio’s and the […]

How To Preserve Cherries in Syrup

How To Preserve Cherries in Syrup

In the summer season, cherries abound on the tables and it is always useful to know how to best preserve them. Preserving cherries in syrup is a great way to make sure this precious fruit is available all year. Perfect for flavoring ice creams and yogurt, ideal for garnishing sweets and smoothies, excellent for seasoning […]

The Caterer Interview: Guus Bakker

The Caterer Interview: Guus Bakker

In addition to being chief executive of Frasers Hospitality EMEA, Guus Bakker took on responsibility for Malmaison and Hotel du Vin last year. He tells Janet Harmer how there is room for growth across all three businesses What is your role across the three brands for which you are responsible? I look after the strategic […]

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