MasterChef UK continues to grow in popularity and has inspired many amateur chefs to push on to the next level. The skills on show are sometimes close to Michelin standard and the chefs seem to possess more skills each year.
With the judging coming in the form of leading chef John Torode and the affable Gregg Wallace (he likes puddings, you know!), the show demonstrates the level of excellence of UK culinary skills.
The first episode of the series aired last night (Tuesday 12th March 2013) which was shot at the Chelsea Riverside Brasserie at Wyndham Grand London Chelsea Harbour.
In the show, five contestants were whittled down to three following a palate test involving sweet stuffed courgette flowers with saffron custard.
The remaining three contestants are then whisked to the Chelsea Riverside Brasserie where, after an hour’s intensive training, they are thrown into a busy lunchtime service, cooking for paying customers under the watchful eye of the hotel’s Executive Chef.
For a romantic Valentine’s dinner in London, you should consider The Wyndham Grand hotel’s Chelsea Riverside Brasserie.
With Chelsea harbour as a stunning backdrop, you and your partner can enjoy an equally stunning Valentine’s dinner in London, for just £70 per couple.
Three courses set in one of London’s stylish hotels – this is just perfect for impressing your loved one and showing how much they mean.
As well as this, The Wyndham Grand is running a romantic afternoon tea throughout February. The Love Voyage afternoon tea features alluring sandwiches, delightful homemade scones and elegant sweets.
With a £10 voucher for the Hotel’s Blue Harbour Spa given away with each afternoon tea, this is bound to please your other half.
How about a Romantic cocktail? We have designed cocktails especially for Valentine’s day and the Wyndham Grand makes a perfect, sophisticated setting to celebrate Valentine’s day.
London’s only 5 star all suite hotel would be a great choice for a Valentine’s stay. You can book online or by calling +44 (0)20 7823 3000.
Save big bucks dining out in London by taking your own drinks! Three BYOB restaurants in London.
Since the recession first reared its head in 2008, we have all had to ‘tighten our belts’ to some degree. For many of us, wining and dining in the capital has become a rare treat rather than a regular ritual.
If you have found that eating and drinking out and about in the capital has taken a considerable ‘back seat’ in recent years, you may be interested in dining at venues where taking your own booze is permitted, because after all, everybody knows that it’s the drinks that really boost up the price of a meal!
Below are three BYOB restaurants in London where you could save big bucks by taking your own beverages.
Being one of the trendiest, hippest and scrumptious steakhouses in London, El Gaucho in Chelsea is not the kind of restaurant that one would normally expect would encourage bringing your own plonk. On the contrary however, the Argentinian El Gaucho allows guests to munch happily through a piece of fine imported beef whilst sipping of their favourite bottle of Rioja for a fraction of the price it would cost in a restaurant.
Diwana Bhel Poori House
While London cabbies may know the capital like the back of their hand, for the majority of us, London with its sheer size and vastness, can be a little overwhelming.
With literally thousands of restaurants, cafes and bars littering the streets, knowing where to eat here takes overwhelming feelings to levels of exasperation. This is where new app for London restaurants called London on a Plate steps in.
Designed by journalist and author Charmain Ponnuthurai, the London on a Plate app for iPhone is intended to make this tremendous city more ‘intimate, memorable and accessible’.
Rather than simply listing every eatery in the capital, Charmain Ponnuthurai provides a curated list of restaurants that she considers clasps every aspect of food culture.
From the quality of the food, service, drinks, prices, to advice by top British designers on what to wear to a particular restaurant, London on a Plate is intended to give indecisive London diners instant clarity and decisiveness when it comes to choosing where they are going to eat.
Some of the world’s most elite chefs, including Tom Aikens, John Torode and Fergus Henderson, are involved with this new London restaurants app, who have sourced 100 specially-commissioned recipes from some of the most acclaimed kitchens in London.
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show takes place from 24 – 28 May 2011 at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea. It is the world’s most famous flower show and is a celebration of the highest quality horticulture.
Chelsea’s Wyndham Grand Hotel pays homage to the show with a wonderful, floral themed afternoon tea.
The Fleur-Tea gives a delicately floral twist to classic pastries and brings a fresh new taste to sandwiches which feature unusual and delicious herbs.
The Fleur-Tea is available now and throughout May. At £25 per person, this is the perfect way to celebrate the Chelsea flower show in style.
Highlights of the Fleur-Tea include sandwiches such as Scottish smoked salmon, wild garlic cream cheese and anis blossom Wiltshire ham glazed with lavender honey.