Matthew Tomkinson, head chef at the Montagu Arms in Beaulieu, New Forest

After Hours with… Matthew Tomkinson

By Lorraine Heller

Matthew Tomkinson worked his way through the lowest to the highest kitchens, gaining a Roux scholarship and several Michelin stars along the way. Thirteen years after setting off on his culinary journeys, he is now head chef at the Montagu Arms in Beaulieu,...

Ben Dantzic and Mark Stinchcombe (centre) celebrate their win with the YCYW runners up

Stinchcombe strikes again at Young Chef Young Waiter

By Becky Paskin

Mark Stinchcombe, the inaugural Young National Chef of the Year, has now also been named as the winner of this year’s Young Chef Young Waiter competition alongside Ben Dantzic from Restaurant Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles

Jun Tanaka, head chef at Pearl

Pearls of Wisdom: Jun Tanaka

By Becky Paskin

The Saturday Kitchen stalwart and head chef at Pearl Restaurant in London is near to finishing a month-long Street Kitchen tour with Mark Jankel, as part of the London Restaurant Festival

Andy Barber, head chef at The Forge

After hours with… Andy Barber

By Becky Paskin

The head chef at The Forge in Covent Garden has been in the industry for over 30 years, working along the way with some of the best chefs in the last few decades

Henry Harris, owner of Racine

Pearls of Wisdom: Henry Harris

By Joe Lutrario

Henry Harris was chef at the Fifth Floor at Harvey Nichols for 10 years before opening Racine – also in Knightsbridge – to widespread critical acclaim

Dan Gill has been appointedhead chef at Roussillon

Roussillon names Dan Gill as new head chef

By Rachel Johnson

Former Midsummer House sous chef Dan Gill has been appointed head chef of Pimlico-based Michelin starred restaurant Roussillon, at the age of 23

Martin Wishart won the 2010 AAChef's Chef of the Year award

Martin Wishart named AA Chef of the Year

By Rachel Johnson

Scottish chef  Martin Wishart, the owner of Edinburgh’s first Michelin starred restaurant, has been awarded the AA Chef’s Chef of the Year 2010 award by his culinary peers

This year's competition featureda citrus theme

Roussillon Dessert Trophy UK finalists named

By Rachel Johnson

Four finalists have been named for the UK leg of the Wines of Roussillon Dessert Trophy 2010, the dessert and Roussillon Vin Doux Naturel (VDN) wine pairing competition

Has the National Chef of the Year been diluted?

Has the National Chef of the Year been diluted?

By Becky Paskin

The National Chef of the Year competition has been expanded to include Asian and Mediterranean cuisines, but while some say the new format has diluted the competition, others believe it's now a true reflection of modern British cuisine as a whole

Lewis Hamblet, executive chef at South Lodge Hotel

Pearls of Wisdom: Lewis Hamblet

By Becky Paskin

After running the Camellia at Exclusive Hotels’ South Lodge Hotel for over 10 years, executive chef Lewis Hamblet decided to downgrade and give protégé Matt Gillan centre stage with the hotels second restaurant, The Pass

Katarina Todosijevic, head chef at Searcy's Portrait Restaurant at the National Portrait Gallery

After hours with… Katarina Todosijevic

By Becky Paskin

Katarina Todosijevic left her small Swedish village for the bright lights of London at just 20 years old. Seven years later she is now the head chef of Searcy’s Portrait Restaurant at the National Portrait Gallery in London

Alex Aitken takes over from Gary Rhodes at Christchurch Harbour Hotel

Gary Rhodes parts ways with Harbour Hotels

By Becky Paskin

Harbour Hotels has ended its relationship with celebrity chef Gary Rhodes, closing its Rhodes South restaurant at Christchurch Harbour Hotel in Dorset

Gastronomy Team of the Year 2010

Gastronomy Team of the Year 2010

By Becky Paskin

Now in its second year, the Gastronomy Team of the Year is the only industry competition testing the relationship between front and back of house staff

Koffmann's has now opened at The Berkeley Hotel

Pierre Koffmann opens restaurant at The Berkeley

By Becky Paskin & Hamish Smith

Seven years after closing La Tante Claire at The Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge, Pierre Koffmann has returned with his first eponymous restaurant, replacing the departed Gordon Ramsay-owned Boxwood Café

Listening, teaching and communication are vital to leading a team of chefs

What makes a good kitchen leader?

By Becky Paskin

The ability to knock together a decent dish and menu is just one aspect of a head chef’s role in the kitchen. Knowing how to handle and lead a team is another. So what makes a good leader?

Simon Cottard, executive chef at Cafe du Marche

Pearls of Wisdom: Simon Cottard

By Becky Paskin

Having worked with the Roux brothers, Pierre Koffmann and Marco Pierre White in his early days, Simon Cottard has now run the kitchen at Café du Marche in Clerkenwell for 20 years

Noway are the current holders of the Bocuse d'Or trophy

Bocuse d'Or UK website launched

By Chris Druce

The Academy of Culinary Arts and Bocuse d’Or Team UK have launched a dedicated competition website to help raise funds to support British representative Simon Hulstone

Simon Hulstone prepares for the Bocuse d'Or 2011

Simon Hulstone prepares for the Bocuse d'Or 2011

By Becky Paskin

Simon Hulstone, chef proprietor of The Elephant in Torquay and our British entrant for the 2011 Bocuse d'Or, speaks to BigHospitality about the importance of the competition, and how he is preparing for it

Annual Awards of Excellence entrants must score over 70 per cent to pass

ACA reveal Annual Awards of Excellence 2010 winners

By Becky Paskin

Hospitality staff from The Ritz, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and Gleneagles hotel have dominated the Academy of Culinary Arts’ Annual Awards of Excellence 2010 list of winners

Henry Herbert will appear on Great British Menu next week

After hours with... Henry Herbert

By Emma Eversham

Henry Herbert, head chef at the Coach & Horses in Clerkenwell, London, talks about his fast track to success, appearing on Great British Menu and his future plans

Massimo Tebaldi, executive chef of Renaissance Pubs

Pearls of Wisdom: Massimo Tebaldi

By Becky Paskin

Massimo Tebaldi has been executive chef for Renaissance Pubs for 10 years. Having once worked with John Torode and Canadian singer Bryan Adams, he is now working to transform The White Hart into a fish and chips gastropub called The Tommyfield

Chris Horridge will help train chefs

Chris Horridge joins Murchison’s 10 in 8 Group

By Becky Paskin

Chris Horridge, the former Michelin-starred executive chef at Von Essen's Cliveden House Hotel, has joined Alan Murchison's 10 in 8 Fine Dining Group to help oversee its consumer and trade training academy

John Campbell

Pearls of Wisdom: John Campbell

By Joe Lutrario

John Campbell is executive chef at Coworth Park, set to open in September. He left the Vineyard at Stockcross last year, where he held two Michelin stars

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