Luxury Gourmet

Luxury Gourmet articles from The Luxury Channel magazine.

Café Wolseley At Bicester Village By Fiona Sanderson

It’s a quiet Tuesday in the middle of August, but Bicester Village – a designer outlet shopping centre in the heart of Oxfordshire – is positively bustling. Clearly a preferential place to shop away from the hustle and hurry of Harrods and Bond Street, Bicester has become a successful go-to shopping destination in its own right. It’s artificial “street” of shops is the same length as London’s Oxford Street, and it is now more popular than other more traditional British tourist attractions, such as the National Gallery, the Natural History Museum and the Tower of London. In 2016 alone,

The American Bar At The Stafford London – A Journey Through Secret St James’s By Hannah Norman

It’s one of only a handful of original American Bars left in London that retains that name, designed to cater for the first mass influx of travellers from the US in the 1930s. But The American Bar at The Stafford London Hotel is consistently re-inventing itself, and a recent re-imagining of the entire bar area has come complete with an all-new cocktail menu. The Luxury Channel headed into the heart of secret St James’s to check it out….

Inspired by the history of The Stafford’s illustrious surroundings, the majority of the cocktails shaken and served in The American

Celebrating Afternoon Tea Week By The Luxury Channel

In anticipation of Afternoon Tea Week, which runs from Monday 14th – Friday 18th August, we thought we’d bring you our round-up of the finest afternoon teas in London. But first, for the history – so grab a cup of tea and have a read!

Afternoon Tea Week was established to help secure a tradition that has graced British afternoons since the 1840s. In those days, dinner often wasn’t served until 8pm, and lunch wasn’t a recognised meal, so what was a hungry person to do? Traditionally, afternoon tea consisted of tiny finger sandwiches, scones with jam and

An Exquisite Summer Wine By Igor Sill

Spending the summer months sipping Rosé wines in one of the most beautiful and famous villages of France, St. Tropez, brings back some truly incredible memories. The sparkling aquamarine stretch of coastline between Provence, St. Tropez and Bandol is home to some of the finest Rosé wines and the perfect accompaniment to a Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur afternoon. Each year, a group of my friends make the annual trek to Dick Eddy’s Annual Rosé Wine Tasting gathering at his lovely Mediterranean villa centered in St. Tropez. Every year, Dick hosts this elaborate celebrity-packed party focused on discovering the finest Provence and Bandol

Celebrating Truffle Season By The Luxury Channel

Celebrate truffle season this year with delicious recipes from Francesco Mazzei, a decadent brunch from Tom Aikens, and a white truffle menu from Ben Tish at Salt Yard’s brand new restaurant, Veneta – to name a few!


Chef Francesco Mazzei has launched a brand new truffle menu that will be served at Sartoria right up until Christmas. To be pre-booked 24 hours in advance, the menu includes exciting new dishes such as egg tagliolini with grana padano riserva, slow braised veal cheek with polenta corvino and even a unique dessert of white chocolate soup with roasted pumpkin oil, seeds

Rupert Sanderson’s Perrier-Jouët Champagne Slipper By The Luxury Channel

British shoe designer Rupert Sanderson has collaborated with modern grill restaurant 34 Mayfair in London to create The Rupert Sanderson Champagne Slipper. Drawing on the Art Deco contours of the restaurant and inspired by the terraced crown of Van Alen’s Art Deco Chrysler Building in Midtown Manhattan, Sanderson has created the ultimate in champagne glassware design, by crafting an actual champagne flute into the heel of an intricate crystal glass shoe stand, while the blush tones of Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Rosé and Nouveau swirling anemones on the bottle gave him a steer on colour and look. To coincide with

Champagne Louis Roederer Cristal – Made For Royalty By The Luxury Channel

Champagne Louis Roederer launched its latest vintage alongside a specially commissioned piece of art inspired by the brand’s prestige cuvée, Cristal, at the Sky Lounge at Shangri-La Hotel At The Shard, London. Established in 1776, Champagne Louis Roederer is one of the few remaining family-owned Grandes Marques Champagne houses – a rarity in the world of champagne! Yet while the Roederer name is a by-word for unassuming excellence, its link with Cristal is perhaps less obvious. Originally created for Czar Alexander II, Cristal’s design was conceived so that its fine bubbles and golden liquid could be admired through the

Amedei Tuscany – The Beauty of Chocolate By The Luxury Channel

From the beauty of Tuscany comes the vision and love of chocolate that inspired one woman to create the most exquisite slabs of heaven on earth. Cecilia Tessieri’s mission to make irresistible Italian chocolate led her to set up Amedei Tuscany. Fuelled by a desire to find the world’s best cocoa beans, Tessieri’s continual search for perfection resulted in her becoming the first woman in the world to hold the renowned title of Maitre Chocolatier, and she has produced the six-time winner of the Academy of Chocolate’s Golden Bean award – “a very important moment in my life.” The

London Restaurant Galvin At Windows Says Hallyu By Ramy Salameh

Galvin at Windows, one of London’s premier dining establishments sitting atop the London Hilton on Park Lane, is offering a Korean-inspired menu during the month of October. For the second consecutive year, head Chef Joo Won has created a masterpiece Korean fusion menu for London’s food savvy diners. However, this time around there will be a pop-up photographic exhibition within the restaurant, under the theme “Korean Wave – A Mix of Old And New,” showcasing the work of Ramy Salameh, a regular visitor to the country over the last two decades. His images portray the delicate, ceremonial, modern and quirky

Arbikie’s Award-Winning Spirit By Camilla Hellman

Arbikie may not yet be available in the USA but in Britain, the Arbikie Highland Estate Distillery is quickly establishing their range of gins and vodkas on the shelves of retailers nationwide – and winning accolades from throughout the industry in the process.

Launched in October 2014, Arbikie has roared onto the market, having been awarded Best UK Varietal Vodka and Best UK Traditional Gin at the World Drink Awards run by The Drinks Report. Arbikie products are stocked in some of the best bars and restaurants in the UK, such as The Ivy, The Ritz and Harrods.

Welcome To The Colourful World of Pierre Hermé By The Luxury Channel

French pastry chef-chocolatier Pierre Hermé is riding high, having been named “World’s Best Pastry Chef” at the World’s 50 Best Restaurants award ceremony in New York. With previous winners including Jordi Roca (El Celler de Can Roca in Girona) and Albert Adrià (Tickets in Barcelona) in 2014 and 2015 respectively, this award adds to a long list of prestigious accomplishments that Hermé has received in recent years. Tirelessly curious, Hermé – the man that Vogue USA once named the “Picasso of Pastry” – has climbed his way to the pinnacle of the pastry art industry worldwide, by stripping classic pastries

Goût De France – Alain Ducasse At The Dorchester By Fiona Sanderson

Bon appétit! We were invited to celebrate Goût de France at Alain Ducasse’s restaurant at The Dorchester in Mayfair, London, and sample an exquisite seven course menu and wine pairing. As part of Goût de France, this is an initiative that unites more than 1,800 chefs from across 5 continents to mark the creativity of French gastronomy. Launched last year, from Alain Ducasse and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, it showcases the best of French cuisine, its innovation and the finest regional ingredients and traditions.

The event was inspired by Auguste Escoffier, who launched

A Foodie’s Guide To Aarhus By The Luxury Channel

Forget the diet on a gourmet break to Aarhus and indulge in a veritable feast of culinary delights, as Denmark’s second city serves up a smørrebrød of innovative world-class cuisine. Following the success of the city’s annual Food Festival, which celebrates its fifth anniversary next year, Aarhus’ chefs are raising the gastronomic bar and pushing epicurean boundaries, to put the city firmly on the culinary map with a number of progressive new restaurants, bars and cafes aimed to suit all budgets. With a brand new daily BA flight from London Heathrow to nearby Billund starting from 3rd May 2016,

Courvoisier – The Toast of Paris By Harriet O'Grady

In 1889, the Eiffel Tower was opened as one of the temporary exhibits of the Universal Exhibition to celebrate the centennial of the French Revolution and as a showcase for the best that France had to offer. Revolutionary in concept, the Eiffel Tower immediately caught the public’s imagination, even though it had its notable detractors. Today, it is inconceivable to even think of Paris without bringing to mind its iconic tower, which has come to symbolise the very essence of the city itself. It was built during La Belle Époque. This period (which lasted roughly from 1870 until 1910),

Fly Away With Grey Goose Vodka – Making The Ordinary Extraordinary By Fiona Sanderson

When François Thibault, a cognac Maître de Chai – “cellar master” – announced that he intended to use his considerable spirits-making skills to create vodka, people in the region were sceptical. Today, Grey Goose is enjoyed by millions around the world.

The new home of vodka – specifically Grey Goose – is Cognac, at the company’s new Le Logis estate. I was invited by Grey Goose’s Maître de Chai, François Thibault, to discover their latest creation, Grey Goose VX: Vodka Exceptionnelle, an ultra-premium mix of 95% Grey Goose vodka finished with a hint of Cognac. I was looking

Galvin At Windows – Finding Culinary Inspiration In Korea By Ramy Salameh

En-vogue, trendy, and the ‘‘big new cuisine’’ on the culinary circuit….everyone is talking about Korean food. This delicate Asian cuisine is making waves around the world as a healthy, tasty and social dining option. Food is spearheading Hallyu– the Korean wave of popular culture that has spent a decade slowly spreading to distant shores. The adoption and acceptance of a foreign cuisine, more often than not, reflects the growing popularity of the destination in a tourism context. This north Asian powerhouse is now seen as a unique place to visit by Europeans, who are now more aware of the country’s

A Taste of Mexican Luxury At Martha Ortiz’s Dulce Patria By Gordon Radley

Supper at Martha Ortiz’s Dulce Patria restaurant turned out to be not only a landmark event in my Mexico City trip but also a spiritual experience. By the time I arrived at this culinary palace, I was already getting used to being late for everything. In this city, people talk lots about traffic circulation but most of the time, the cars seem to be stationary and pointing all over the place. The traffic though, when it moves, is like everything in this country – quite an experience.

The outside of Dulce Patria, resembles trendy restaurants in London’s West End.

A Gourmet Journey Around London’s Square Mile By Fiona Sanderson

Chris Galvin, Private Dining by Galvin – “London has such a thrilling restaurant scene, one that really rivals New York with outstanding cuisine, somewhere I took much inspiration from when I worked there back in the 1980s. I used to think that we would never come close to that food mecca. But I now feel that same excitement right here in London; there is a sense of electricity, vibrancy and passion, one that is spreading at an unstoppable pace. It’s a foodie’s nirvana, one I am proud to be a part of.”

It would seem that London’s vibrant,

Courchevel’s L’Apogee Hotel By Roz Kempner

L’Apogee Hotel in Courchevel certainly has the “wow factor” written all over it! Excellently positioned overlooking the village, with “ski in / ski out” facilities, it has been designed with great taste. It is contemporary, slick and luxurious, and attentive staff do everything with a smile. Our suite had terrific views, fur throws, ample cupboard space, a good-sized bathroom and lots of lovely bath products.

The hotel bar is very cool, with live music in the evening – although we did expect something a little more exciting than nuts with our cocktails. The Smoking Room is a cigar

Why Korean Cuisine Is One of The Healthiest On The Planet By Ramy Salameh

When anyone mentions Korean cuisine, invariably they talk about Kimchi. This food, like no other, underpins the health-giving properties of Korean food and is the most important accompaniment to every meal in every household and restaurant across the peninsula. The nation is quite literally crazy about Kimchi and even the country’s first astronaut could not enter space without taking this (vacuum-packed) tangy cabbage delicacy with her! Kimchi was traditionally produced at the end of autumn, not long after the harvest, in a communal tradition called the Gimjang, during which large quantities of Kimchi were made in preparation for the

Chai Wu In Harrods By Roz Kempner

Chai Wu is a newly-opened, sophisticated Chinese restaurant on the 5th floor of Harrods, with a contemporary layout, an open kitchen and a cool dining space. There is the option of sushi and sashimi, the seafood displayed on ice.

Staff are more than attentive, and speedily took our drinks order whilst proffering spicy edamame beans and refreshing cucumber batons. We thought it best to skip the exotic cocktail menu, and were pleased with a comprehensive wine list, featuring several champagnes and wines. The cleverly chosen Chinese menu has eliminated any “average” dishes, and instead opts for expensive ingredients,

Get Your Gut In Gear For New Year At Grayshott By Fiona Sanderson

What better place to be away from the high calories and hangover-inducing booze of the post-festive period than at award-winning health facility, Grayshott Spa? Keen to start 2015 with good intentions, I checked myself in for a restorative New Year break. My blissful detox consisted of a series of treatments to help me relax, and to get my New Year off to the best possible start.

Of course, as with any health kick, an important factor is food, but at Grayshott, the emphasis is very firmly on “inspiration,” not “deprivation.” I enjoyed foie gras rocher with nut

Westernising Japanese Food At Kurobuta By Caroline Phillips

‘You’re going to hate Kurobuta,’ my teen children announce cheerily. ‘It’s uncomfortable and noisy.’ Well, naturally, I wanted to prove them wrong – what self-righteous mother wouldn’t? But given the fact that I’m now sitting on something like a park bench, only less comfortable – a wooden, plank-like seat – in a restaurant that is chronically loud, cavernous and unpleasantly dark, it’s going to be difficult to disagree with my teen lifestyle advisors.

A ‘wall’ of hanging strings separates us from the next table and pendant halogen bulbs in cages dangle disconsolately. There are no soft furnishings, just stone

Michel Roux Jr – How The World of Dining Is Changing By The Luxury Channel

World-renowned chef Michel Roux Jr. reveals to The Luxury Channel the secret ingredient for the perfect restaurant….

Was it inevitable that you would end up in the kitchen, or did you entertain the idea of a different profession?

No, I’ve always wanted to be a chef. For as long as I can remember!

How big an influence are your father and uncle?

A big influence! I mean, they were a big influence when I was growing up and they still are. Absolutely.

Growing up, was there ever any competition between you and your cousin Alain?

No, never. Never any

The Most Interesting Food Ever At AOC By Caroline Phillips

Forget Noma – Caroline Phillips heads for AOC, where you can get a reservation with an ease that belies the wonders you’ll find therein….

If you’re keen on gastronomy, there’s a hot contender for your attention in Copenhagen. A restaurant that is not globally renowned, not regularly reviewed and doesn’t have a big waiting list. Welcome to AOC.

AOC is centrally located – near the King’s Square – in the vaulted basement of a 17th century palace. The restaurant has white walls, stone floors and white linen tablecloths. It has a monks’ cloisters feel, aside from the wannabe-Rothko

Kokkeriet – A Small Restaurant With Big Ambitions By Caroline Phillips

A small restaurant with big ambitions – that’s Kokkeriet according to its website. It claims also to be ‘modern and old-fashioned, innovative and traditional, decadent and minimalist, pretentious as well as humble.’ Well, that’s all bases covered then.

The executive chef, David Johansen, focuses on seasonal, natural foods, using produce the Danes find in their backyards, the forest and surrounding water. Owner, head sommelier and GM, Sammy Shafi, is super charming. Plus the restaurant has one Michelin star. Additionally, we turn up on the wrong night, and they’re endlessly accommodating. These are all good reasons to book.

Dining At UNI By Caroline Phillips

Outside it has the look of a Belgravia hair salon or a candle and scent shop – with its black awning and white façade with lots of glass, and window with a big image of a Japanese face. From the pavement, passers-by don’t really see diners. But inside is UNI – a restaurant serving Japanese and Peruvian fusion food, aka Nikkei cuisine.

Japanese immigrants arrived first in Peru in the late 19th century, and currently the country boasts South America’s second largest Japanese community – and UNI (Japanese for ‘sea urchin’) has transported their cuisine to minutes from

Eva Green – The Mythology of A Bond Girl By Hannah Norman

Vesper Lynd is the only Bond girl to date to have made 007 fall in love with her, and actress Eva Green played the role with a bewitching sultriness that seems impossible to imagine anyone else accomplishing. So it’s not hard to see why she was picked as the face of Campari’s 2015 calendar, entitled Mythology Mixology, following in the footsteps of several Hollywood leading ladies before her, including Selma Hayek, Penelope Cruz and Uma Thurman.

But don’t make the mistake of thinking that Green was in any way daunted by her predecessors. “I felt very privileged to

Clare Smyth MBE At Restaurant Gordon Ramsay By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel interviews Clare Smyth MBE, chef and proprietor of Restaurant Gordon Ramsay….

Where did your love for cooking come from, and what inspired you to become a chef?

I grew up in Northern Ireland in the countryside on a farm. As I got a little bit older, I got into working in restaurants on my weekends and during the school holidays, just helping out, serving tables. Then after that, I wanted to get into the kitchen to see how all the cool stuff was happening. I got into the kitchen from the age of 15 and just

Modica’s La Gazza Ladra By Caroline Phillips

If there were a handful of Michelin restaurants in the Sicilian town of Modica and its immediate environs, that would be impressive. But there are actually two handfuls. Several eateries that are Michelin-rated, plus a couple with two stars, and a duo with one star. That’s just plain greedy when there are entire cities starving for just one Michelin restaurant.

But it doesn’t stop there. Modica is also one of the most beautiful and unspoilt towns in Sicily. Ravaged by the 1693 earthquake, it was mostly rebuilt in Sicilian Baroque style. So en route to La Gazza Ladra restaurant,

Tom Kerridge – How Pub Grub Is Earning Its Stars By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel interviews celebrity chef Tom Kerridge, proprietor of The Hand & Flowers pub in Marlow….

Where did your love of cooking come from?

When I started in the kitchen at 18, I learnt more and more about produce and absolutely loved it, so it became a kind of ongoing process – and it still is to this day.

You’ve worked with some big names, including Gary Rhodes. How important was this as a learning curve?

Oh, hugely important. Being in kitchens is the most important thing. Being a chef is quite a short, sharp career, the hours

George Club By Roz Kempner

George is a private member’s club, part of the Birley group. It is smart rather than glitzy, and its members are similar. The bar downstairs is buzzy, as is the restaurant on the ground level. Pavement-side tables are immediately snapped up in good weather. It really is a case of “how the other half live,” as the pub opposite is always spilling out onto the street – beer and chips on their side, and champagne and seabass in preference at George!

Crisp white tablecloths and smart, seriously efficient staff serve the very cool, international set. The menu offers

When French Met British – A Day At The Seaside With Nicolas Feuillatte By Hannah Norman

At last the warm weather actually shows signs of becoming a proper British summer (!), and when I was invited to spend a day at the seaside to sample exquisite gourmet and chilled champagne (courtesy of France’s third biggest producer, Nicolas Feuillatte), I naturally jumped at the chance.

We were due for lunch at Riddle & Finns, a champagne and oyster bar nestled in the highly desirable location of one of Brighton’s beachfront arches. This is in fact the second of the company’s restaurants, with the original located round the corner in the city’s famous Lanes.

The Story of Affligem By Gordon Radley

A warm summer evening in London’s hip Tower Bridge area, an exotic menu at an up-and-coming Michelin star restaurant, and an upmarket beer with an ancient history….

The Luxury Channel asked me to report back after my to visit to Restaurant Story. The eating house in London’s Tooley Street is minimalistic, functional and chic, and the Affligem beer we were drinking was elegant – even its bottle and logo are stylish.

Story say they like to tell their story through food. Open for just over a year, they already have their first Michelin star. I was fascinated to

Roberto Cavalli Opens Restaurant In Ibiza By The Luxury Channel

Roberto Cavalli has announced the opening of the Cavalli Ibiza Restaurant & Lounge. Situated in the most exclusive area of the Mediterranean island, the new Cavalli experience presents the designer’s entertainment and nightlife concept in the heart of the promenade, and will surely be the go-to destination for celebrities and socialites. Complete with an astounding tropical garden, the property symbolises the three main worldwide renowned beacons of ‘‘made in Italy’’ excellence: Fashion, Food and Design.

The new Cavalli Ibiza features an open-air restaurant where luxury and innovation are merged in the décor to create a unique ambience, allowing

Rainer Becker 6 minutes 30 seconds

The Luxury Channel interviews chef Rainer Becker, founder of Zuma and Oblix restaurants.

The National Restaurant Awards By The Luxury Channel

Indian restaurant Gymkhana has been named National Restaurant of the Year at Restaurant Magazine’s annual National Restaurant Awards. The first ever Indian restaurant to pick up the coveted National Restaurant of the Year award, Gymkhana’s blend of authentic Indian food and modern British styling helped it become an immediate hit when it opened in September 2013 in London’s Mayfair. Chef restaurateur Karam Sethi’s commitment to Indian culinary tradition and a refusal to tone down his kitchen’s cooking for the European palate has created one of the most striking and well-received restaurants in recent years, with a menu of powerful

The Keeper’s House Restaurant At The Royal Academy By Roz Kempner

This is open to Friends of The Academy only for lunch, but to the public from 4pm. A somewhat bizarre warren of rooms located on the lower ground floor comprises a bar, a garden, and two dining rooms. The bar is red, fairly lively, and serves good cocktails, whereas the restaurant rooms are green with crisp, white tablecloths and comfortable cream leather seating. The atmosphere is intimate but a little stark; this is not a buzzy place. However,the menu is modern, seasonal and exciting, as is the presentation – aptly very artistic!

Irresistible warm bread arrived with delicious

The Ritz – The Best Sunday Lunch In London By Roz Kempner

On my mission to find the Best Sunday Lunch in London (not an easy task as brunch has become so popular), we embarked upon The Ritz.

May we all bless tradition and elegance, as this is what The Ritz is about. The very smart Rivoli Bar shakes great Bloody Marys and the Champagne Cocktail list is never ending. Moving on, we pass the glamorous Tea Salon, packed as usual, albeit lunchtime! The dining room is palatial, but in such lovely weather, we chose the glorious terrace. It was as if we had transported ourselves to the South of France

The Goring Hotel By Roz Kempner

Where could be more appropriate for lunch before attending The Royal Garden Party than the Goring Hotel?

Situated quietly in Belgravia, everything here is done with class – this is a “proper” British institution. The bar is traditional, and there is a lovely veranda overlooking the garden. A great spot for a sophisticated Afternoon Tea. The Dining Room is classic, elegant, and always full. Diners are smartly dressed, and many on this occasion proudly sporting medals. Not at all out of place here. A choice of fine champagnes are offered from a huge silver champagne trolley, and the expert

Anguilla – The Caribbean’s Little Darling By Saira Malhotra

Anguilla is without a doubt the Caribbean’s little darling. This modest, 17 mile island is home to 33 sandy beaches, indulgence that is understated and a quiet culinary movement spearheaded by Cuisinart’s Golf Resort and Spa. Yes, our very own kitchen best friend, Cuisinart, shows us her sultry side with her sleepy white-washed resort, her Caribbean nonchalance and an uncompromising attitude to food. Availing of the best seafood that swims right up to the resort and produce from the hotel’s hydroponic garden, Executive Chef Jasper Schneider is responsible for the resort’s 3 highly acclaimed restaurants. His menus are carefully

L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon By Roz Kempner

We were greeted by “Welcome to the Robuchon Experience” ….and it was! The red and black decor on the ground floor is striking, but the atmosphere is casual with seating at the bar or on high tables. Upstairs has a more formal ambiance with regular tables – very chic. On the top floor is the cocktail bar and the very cool roof terrace.

We sat at the bar facing the open kitchen, eager to watch every move. The precision in the composition of the dishes is remarkable. Such a calm environment, both in the kitchen and the restaurant. You

Berry Bros And Rudd – An Exciting And Enlightening Experience By Roz Kempner

For a fabulous feast of fine wines and gastronomy, book yourself an indulgent evening at Berry Bros and Rudd. This historic wine shop in London’s St. James, now 312 years old, has not much changed over the years, with creaky old wooden floors at the shop level, and a warren of cellars below.

There is great anticipation for the evening ahead whilst you partake of champagne with your fellow guests in the shop, whereupon the learned lecturer gives a brief introduction and history of this family affair.

Deep below, the Napoleon Cellar is stunning. A vaulted room where one long

City Social By Roz Kempner

Jason Atherton is just the loveliest man – no airs and graces, a truly down-to-earth guy – and boy, does he know how to establish restaurants! City Social is yet another winner. Boasting 360 degree views over London, it is breathtaking! This is an enormous, but seriously cool place.

A great spot for a sunset cocktail in the expansive bar, where they serve tapas-style food, from small tasters to pretty substantial offerings, such as burgers, and fish and chips on Fridays. It is full from early evening until late; mainly the “city crowd,” but Jason fans and view-lovers

Costa Brava’s Reputation Reaffirmed As A Food Lover’s Paradise By The Luxury Channel

The Costa Brava region of Spain, home to the highest concentration of Michelin-starred restaurants, is celebrating its gastronomy heritage once again with the announcement of Jordi Roca (the youngest of the three brothers that oversee seminal three-starred Catalan restaurant El Celler de Can Roca), as the first ever World’s Best Pastry Chef, the newest category within the World’s Best Restaurant awards portfolio. The eccentric but modest pastry genius’ latest accolade recognises the skill and attention to detail for which his name has become synonymous.

Now officially regarded as one of the top dessert experts on the culinary scene, Roca has

The Waterside Inn By Roz Kempner

This is a riverside culinary institution, the most idyllic setting and a class act.

The epitome of charm, Diego greets you ….”welcome,” and you really feel you are. Sadly, we had not booked a summerhouse for aperitifs and the weather did not permit us to sit on the terrace which is literally on the water’s edge. However, the interior was lovely, unpretentious and with a great buzz, and the most gorgeous canapés arrived whilst we perused the menu. The clientele is chic with many regulars. From the window table, there was constant activity of swans, geese, rowers and cruise

Noma Takes The Top Spot By Hannah Norman

Yet another year, and yet another round of judging for the gourmet world’s most highly sought after accolade, the title of Best Restaurant in the World. Having seen his crown slip last year with second spot, previous three time winner René Redzepi of Danish outfit Noma was determined to come out on top once again. 2013 might have proved a little unlucky in the winning stakes, but the Dane’s crown was well and truly back on, leaving last year’s winners, the Roca brothers from El Celler De Can Roca, occupying the second place spot Redzepi had to contend with

The Artichoke By Roz Kempner

It is certainly worth an hour’s trip out of London to The Artichoke in Old Amersham. An unassuming restaurant in the centre of town with a bright, modern interior and an open plan kitchen, calmly producing serious food. The clientele is local and staff are friendly and relaxed. There are Set Menus, Tasting Menus and a la Carte.

We opted for the three course lunch menu, which was plenty. The smell of the warm onion bread was too hard to resist and very worth it!

The first course of tender, smokey wood pigeon was accompanied by crunchy slices

The Fat Duck Show By Roz Kempner

Having had to go through God to get a table, we were finally at The Fat Duck. You could feel a sense of excitement and anticipation as soon as you were seated.

Every table was taken, the clientele being a mixture of overseas visitors and “special occasion” parties. A very casually dressed lot.

The Show started promptly, and thankfully the staff were very knowledgeable about the dishes, as it was not necessarily apparent as to what they were! The tiniest, most delicate beetroot and horseradish macarron was the first taster, like a flavoursome puff of air. This was

Luxury Gourmet At Royal Ascot By Roz Kempner

Dating back to 1711, Royal Ascot is one of Europe’s most famous race meetings and one of the highlights of the British social calendar. Every year, Royal Ascot is attended by HM Queen Elizabeth II and various members of the British Royal Family, arriving each day in a horse-drawn carriage with the Royal procession taking place at the start of each race day and the raising of the Queen’s Royal Standard. Ascot has been synonymous with world-class racing, style and pageantry for over 300 years, and this year, they are offering exceptional fine dining as well.

This year,

Richard Corrigan’s First Class Menu By The Luxury Channel

Malaysia Airlines has partnered with Michelin-starred chef Richard Corrigan, one of the UK and Ireland’s most esteemed chefs and restaurateurs, to create a limited edition in-flight menu launching this month.

Drawing inspiration from his two flagship London restaurants, Corrigan’s Mayfair and Bentley’s Oyster Bar and Grill, Richard Corrigan’s signature menu will be available to First and Business Class passengers flying on Malaysia Airlines’ double daily A380 service from London Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Working closely with Malaysia Airlines’ Head Chef Zahiddin Dris and LSG Sky Chefs, Richard has developed a selection of eight signature dishes comprising

Understated Style At The Peacock And The Shakespeare By Camilla Hellman

Manhattan has a new midtown destination – The Peacock and The Shakespeare, opened in a wonderfully restored townhouse on East 39th Street – and Manhattanites could not be more delighted.

Jason Hicks of Jones Wood Foundry and Yves Jadot of Raines Law Room have taken over the former Williams Club and created two distinctly different spots – The Peacock, with panelled library walls and the feel of a “gentlemen’s club” – and The Shakespeare, decked out in the great British pub tradition. The renovation has been carried out with superb attention to detail and the incorporation of bohemian and

The Best Restaurant In The World By Hannah Norman

Whilst Denmark is not known for its cuisine in the same way as say, France or Italy are, it has certainly made its mark, not least due to Noma restaurant-owner René Redzepi’s reliance on entirely locally sourced produce, and his unabashed exuberance for doing things a little differently.

But, in a manner of speaking, that was so last year. Redzepi’s crown as the restaurant king of the world has slipped (if only a little), as he’s been down-stepped to number two in the annual listing of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

The most coveted accolade that all restaurateurs

Uma Thurman’s Worldwide Celebrations With Campari By Hannah Norman

She’s one of Hollywood’s greatest leading ladies, so perhaps not so much of a surprise that Campari asked Uma Thurman to be the face of its 2014 calendar, shot by fashion photographer Koto Bolofo. Naturally, The Luxury Channel was invited along to Milan to speak to the lovely lady herself, as well as enjoying a few extra luxuries courtesy of Campari – including a mixology class with Campari spirits, exquisite dinners at Camparino in Galleria, and a private view of Leonardo Da Vinci’s iconic Last Supper painting.

So, down to business – how did Uma come to be

Lauren Johnson-Bell: The Wine Lady By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel meets wine critic and author Lauren Johnson-Bell….

Tell us about your first steps into the wine industry….

It all happened by accident, as all the best things in life do! I had been visiting wineries and reading wine books whenever I could, but I did not ever contemplate it as a career option – I did not even really understand what sort of wine careers existed. I only knew that when I had my first bottle of Richebourg whilst dancing with friends at Castel’s one night. I was smitten. I called the publisher of a major

Investing In Wine By IG Wines

Market Trends

Cyclical buying analysis suggests that volumes of Bordeaux First Growth increases in late August and early September in anticipation of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival and particularly in January, before the Chinese New Year. Outside Bordeaux, purchasing of Champagne, Rhone and Italian wines continue to rise, while Burgundy buying endures gaining market share despite its limited production. This would suggest a continued reliance on Asia for First Growths and increased interest in the best of the rest from Bordeaux and other leading regions within Europe; with so much quality outside the First Growths, we expect this tendency is here

A Midsummer Night’s Dream At La Maison Du Chocolat By Hannah Norman

“Chocolate – the very word excites the taste buds,” proclaimed Waitrose Food Illustrated editor, William Sitwell, and whilst accepting an invite to preview La Maison du Chocolat’s Christmas collection, I couldn’t have agreed more.

On a sunny summer’s evening, nestled in the heart of London’s Piccadilly, the company’s flagship UK store had displayed all sorts of festive goodies, ranging from the Duo of Pears chocolates (pears with beautiful, soft milk chocolate ganache – sounds like it shouldn’t work, but really, really does!) to the astounding artisanship of the Midwinter’s Night Dream – a 45cm high, handmade wheel of chocolate, depicting

The Magic of Tea By The Luxury Channel

For tea lovers everywhere! Alice Parsons’ book The Magic of Tea is a beautiful homage to the enchanting world of tea….

Starting with the essential cup to greet each day, The Magic of Tea explores the history, rituals, folklore and flavours of the world of tea through the arc of the day. It discovers the stories of Lapsang Souchong and Earl Grey, Darjeeling and Russian Caravan together with Chai, Mate, Matcha and Rooibos, and travels the world to discover Black teas, Blue teas, Green teas, White teas and Iced teas.

Alice Parsons also shares her delicious and delightful recipes

The Best Way To Drink Champagne With Nicolas Feuillatte By Hannah Norman

For most of us, with the exception of the most distinguished connoisseurs, drinking champagne is simply part of a party lifestyle, but how much thought do we really give to what goes into our glasses?

To get more of an idea, The Luxury Channel was invited by Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte on an exclusive trip to France to get a bit of a taster.

Arriving in Paris in the late afternoon, with the weather not a million miles away from the grey of London we’d just left behind, we decided to take a quick whistle-stop tour of one of

A 5 Star Dog’s Dinner By Hannah Norman

If you’re a regular visitor to The Luxury Channel, you will remember our recent article and film about Jet Set Pets – but it turns out that aviation isn’t the only industry to welcome our four-legged friends with open arms. In association with The Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, The George Club in Mayfair, one of London’s smartest restaurants, has joined forces with Henrietta Morrison, the founder of organic dog food company Lily’s Kitchen, to create a delicious three course dinner for dogs.

The whole family can come together for dinner without having to leave the

Spirited Away By Hannah Norman

As the rise of Internet shopping continues ever upwards in terms of popularity, retailers are increasingly aware of the need to diversify trade onto an online platform. Sales of luxury spirits have followed suit, with Alexander & James one of the newest kids to have moved on to the virtual block. The ultimate shopping platform for those who love a little tipple, the site combines e-commerce with handy advice for pouring the perfect cocktails, recipe tips, and the background craft behind each spirit for sale.

With how-to videos to help you perfect your cocktail-making finesse, along with expert

Where To Curl Up This Winter In The Big Apple By Saira Malhotra

Winter in New York has been a frosty metropolis of jaw-clenching citizens all desperately trying to avoid the sub-zero temperatures whenever possible. But this is NYC and somehow the show still goes on! The combination of apartment living and ancient heating systems can be relied upon to serve up an attack of ‘cabin fever’ to even the most sedentary of homebodies. People literally HAVE TO GET OUT!

New Yorkers have found some great spots in which to curl-up communally – places that were designed for these very moments with lazy couches, fireplaces and belly-warming suppers. Here are some of NYC’s

Toasting The Queen By The Luxury Channel

A celebration isn’t a celebration without a toast….

Queen Elizabeth’s favorite tipple is reportedly Dubonnet, but if you’re not a fan of the spiced fortified wine, why not toast the summer with a different commemorative beverage?


John Walker & Sons, Scotch Whisky Distillers By Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen, have created a special Jubilee blend which was bottled on February 6th this year, 60 years to the day since the Queen acceded to the throne.

There are just 60 bottles available, one for each year of the Queen’s reign, and the Jubilee blend combines grain

Barcelona’s Hidden Restaurants By Scott Manson

Secrecy and second-guessing is arguably the hottest trend in dining right now. From pop-up restaurants and food stalls which tweet loyal followers with their ever-changing locations, to supper clubs set up by foodies in their own homes, these are interesting times for eating out.

Little wonder, then, that in Barcelona, a city renowned worldwide as a hotbed of inventive cooking, there is a secret restaurant scene like no other. Forget about awkward dinner parties held in cramped flats where you’re forced to make small talk with strangers, Barcelona’s hidden restaurant scene is as cool and funky as the city

Sugar And Spice By The Luxury Channel

The freshest and most desirable, delectable morsels in town. The Luxury Channel meets Clemmie Innes to talk wedding breakfasts and fresh produce….

How do menus for a wedding breakfast differ from a 21st birthday party, say, or corporate event?

The menu is bespoke to the couple getting married. Every menu we do for weddings are as different as every client’s tastes.

Can you give us an example menu for 200 guests?

Start with a delicious fresh English crab salad with avocado, tomatoes and a dash of lime. A main course of herb crusted rack of lamb with sweet potato

Bowmore – A Taste of History By The Luxury Channel

Islay is a magical Scottish island, nestling off the coast of the mainland, a land of legend and rugged landscapes. Often called the Queen of the Hebrides, it’s also known as the home of Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky.

The island is about as far away geographically and visually from Regent Street in London as you can imagine, but it was there at a tasting session that I discovered the deep pleasure of its 40 Year Old whisky. As a connoisseur, I’ve done my level best over the years to work my way through Scotland’s 2000-plus single malts, and

Bernard Magrez – A Baron of Bordeaux By The Luxury Channel

Bernard Magrez owns 35 vineyards around the world and is promoting wine tourism at his estates in Bordeaux. He talks to The Luxury Channel about his love for wine and his new venture….

Where will visitors on the wine tours go?

We have five properties in Bordeaux for people to visit. We are in Saint Emilion, Graves, Medoc and in the Entre-Deux-Mers region, so the visitor can compare and contrast all the great terriors de Bordeaux in one package. Our vineyards are in the great areas of the region and we have unique access to important producers. Each property

Shaken Not Stirred By The Luxury Channel

We asked William Sitwell, the editor-in-chief of Waitrose Food Illustrated, to explore the art of the cocktail….

Where did you go to learn about cocktails?

I went to Quo Vadis, recently rehabbed by those most exciting restaurateurs Sam and Eddy Hart. I had a lesson from Paul Mant, their top mixologist, in making the perfect martini.

What did Paul teach you about the perfect martini?

He showed me the correct quantities of ingredients and how you have to taste it as you make it. Also, how to get the dilution right from the water melted from the

After Dark With William Sitwell By The Luxury Channel

We asked William Sitwell, editor-in-chief of Waitrose Food Illustrated, to explore the art of fine chocolate-making….

What should people know about chocolate?

There are as many types of chocolate as there are types of wines and coffee. If you have chocolate from a good plantation with a high cocoa ration, you can get the most amazing effect.

You went to Amelia Rope Chocolate where she has a chocolate consultancy, in addition to her handmade chocolates. What does she consult about?

She consults with chefs and other businesses and advises them. She has great contacts in Brazil and sources

Private Dining At The Dorchester By The Luxury Channel

Following a complete redesign and lush remodelling, The Krug Room at The Dorchester – London’s original chef’s table – has reopened. The intimate room pays homage to the heritage, elegance and subtlety of both Krug and The Dorchester, and provides guests with an intimate and glamorous setting that takes private or celebratory dining to a whole new level.

The Perfect Drinks Cabinet By Alanna Lynott

The Luxury Channel interviews Daniel Crebesse, head of the UK Bartenders Guild and head barman at The Milestone Hotel in Kensington. Daniel shares his hot tips on how to create the ultimate “at home” bar experience….

After years of working in hotel restaurants, at a time when chefs had very little to do (as almost everything was flambéed), Daniel grew weary of the infamous split shifts and antisocial hours, and decided to turn his attentions to the creation of fabulous libations. He never looked back.

According to Daniel, quality products make for quality drinks. Essentials include high