I took a walk through Instagram today, to get an idea of what the top ten chefs and restaurants of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants List are dong right now, many are lucky enough to be getting ready to open up for service again, while others remain closed for sit-down Service, and are cooking for their communities.
The World’s 50 Best Restaurant awards will not be held in 2020, having been scheduled to take place in Antwerp last week. The awards have been postponed to 2021. In our country Eat Out has announced that it too will postpone its Award ceremony.
Last week I enjoyed the special Heritage Day lunch at pop-up SŸN restaurant on Bree Street, and after the lunch I heard the first details of the permanent fine-dining restaurant opening on 1 November, to be called Exhibit A. The restaurant will be located on the 3rd floor of the Villa 47 building at 47 Bree Street. Yesterday I returned to the restaurant to hear more details from the chefs about their new 46-seater restaurant. Continue reading →
On 5 April Chef Heston Blumenthal will receive the Diners Club Lifetime Achievement Award at the World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards in Melbourne, it was announced last week. Chef Heston owns The Fat Duck in Bray, which was at the top of the World’s 50 Best Restaurant list in 2005, and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in London, the 45th World’s Best Restaurant, which I visited for lunch last July. Continue reading →
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal was my sixth and last dining experience on the World’s 50 Best Restaurant list in New York and London, and stood out in its innovative menu, despite going back far into British culinary history, and its extreme friendliness and excellent service. The restaurant was ranked 45th Best Restaurant in the World in June, and is 2 Michelin star rated. Continue reading →
Yesterday I was spoilt by my friend Katie Friedman, who took me to lunch at The Hinds Head in Bray, one of three restaurants owned by Chef Heston Blumenthal in this tiny Berkshire gourmet village.
Bray first attracted attention when the Roux brothers Michel and Albert opened The Waterside Inn in the village in 1972, and have held a three star Michelin rating for the past 25 years. Chef Heston, whose father grew up in South Africa, was attracted to the village too, Continue reading →
Two of the world’s top chefs, Gordon Ramsay and Heston Blumenthal, are in serious trouble.
Heston Blumenthal is the owner of the three Michelin star Fat Duck in Bray in the UK, one of the world’s top 10 restaurants. More than 400 patrons of the restaurant have become ill after eating at The Fat Duck between end-January and mid-February. The restaurant closed two weeks ago and will remain so until the cause of the illness can be identified, reports Associated Press. Numerous alternatives for the illness have been evaluated, including sabotage, bad stock, or infection via an ill employee.
Blumenthal is well-known for using gels, enzymes, and liquid nitrogen in his cooking, as well as techniques such as dehydration and vacuum cooking.
Gordon Ramsay of maze restaurant owes $5 million to the Royal Bank of Scotland, and his suppliers about $ 7 million. A recent expansion programme at the time of the global credit crunch has affected turnover. The first African branch of maze opens in the One&Only Cape Town on 3 April.