Drink, Food, Lifestyle

3 Amazing UK Food Cities, And London Isn’t One of Them

We’ve been reading the headlines for at least two years: “Over-priced, over-hyped and over-rated”, “London is Over”, “Is London Dead?”. Attention-grabbing though these articles may be, London is demonstrably neither over nor “dead”. Yes, it can be eye-wateringly expensive and the Tube is the bane of us all, but the idea that every Londoner is living […]

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Food, Lifestyle

Michelin Has Put Its Jeans On

Michelin Guide: the prestigious marker of restaurant quality worldwide, or an elitist bully with too much clout? Opinions vary greatly on this, but there’s no doubting the power of the star. Chefs around the world seek the attention of Michelin like a hug from a distant parent. You might say you don’t care, until you […]

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Design, Food, Props

Wood Bored: Adding Something Extra

If you are a burger, cheese or charcuterie lover, you may have noticed that the wooden board has become a ubiquitous part of your restaurant experience. It’s hard to find a somewhere that doesn’t use a board for at least one menu item these days: a few weeks ago I looked on in wonder as my […]

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Design, Food, Props

Bowls: Inspired By Nature

I can only apologise. A little while ago I discussed the fact that #WeWantPlates, when in actual fact it would appear that #WeWantBowls. According to The Guardian, trend forecasters WSGN have recorded that bowl sales now represent 40% of new crockery purchased, with the plate now at 8%. Instagram friendly vessels as they are, bowls are […]

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Be Gorgeous, Food, Lifestyle

Insights from Google: Growth Drivers

Last week, I went along to a discussion hosted by The Caterer in collaboration with Google. After a thorough perusal of the buffet breakfast, I sat down to listen to Harry Walker of Google share insights relating to the casual dining industry. Perhaps this will come as no surprise, but Harry began by emphasising the […]

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Food, Lifestyle

The Food Market Trend? It’s Urban Guilt

I grew up in little suburb of Sydney, Australia. 10 minutes in one direction and you would hit the beach, 15 minutes in another and you would hit farmland, and within 30 minutes you could be in the heart of the city. I only drank coffee from independent cafés; I bought meat, fish and produce […]

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Food

Taking the Biscuit?

Let’s be honest, we’re a biscuit-loving nation: everyone has their favourite, their favourite way to eat it and their favourite drink to drink (or dunk) with it. Each to their own. The Grocer reveals that “one third of Brits scoff four biccies in a sitting, with nearly 20% confessing to scoffing a whole packet from […]

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Food, Lifestyle

Living with the Humblebrag

When I was around 18 years old, social media was really starting to take off with the emergence of Facebook and Twitter (RIP MySpace). It was also around this time that the first iPhone was released. I feel guilty saying it now (Apple, I love you!), but for the first couple of years I didn’t […]

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Food

Butter Up: For the Love of Bread’s Yellow Friend

It has been said that “man shall not live by bread alone”. Clearly, man requires butter. Butter is often your first taste of a chef’s talents; it shows their dedication to sourcing the very best; it satisfies your “I’m so hungry, I’m about to faint” pangs and can often be the most memorable part of a […]

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Food

There Will Be Blood: 2016’s Surprising New Superfood

Superfood: the global buzzword that can make or break an ingredient. Over the past few years we’ve seen an explosion in the popularity of designated ‘superfoods’, from the easy to adopt (kale, coconut oil, quinoa, avocado) to the obscure (maca powder, birch tree water, sweet potato flour). Each year brings about its fair share of […]

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