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Great British Bake Off: Episode 3 - Who Didn’t Rise to the Challenge and Prove Themselves in Bread Week?

Posted 13/09/2018 in Current

By week three on the Great British Bake Off, we are starting to sort the wheat from the chaff, quite literally, as this was bread week.

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Great British Bake Off: Episode 2 - The First Hollywood Handshake and Tiers before Bedtime

Posted 06/09/2018 in Current

Ding Ding! It’s Round Two of The Great British Bake Off and our high hopes that the bun fight will hot-up with the addition of tears, hugs and handshakes are realised, despite it being Mundane Cake Week.

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Norfolk Home Chef of the Year

Posted 31/08/2018 in Current

Meet the seven finalists battling for the title of Norfolk Home Chef of the Year.

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Great British Bake Off: Episode 1 - France 1: Britain 0

Posted 31/08/2018 in Current

Guest reviewing for the EDP throughout The Great British Bake Off, Richard enjoys a surreal week in which contestants made Mount Fuji, Bristol, the London Marathon, Kilimanjaro and Las Vegas out of ... biscuit.

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Kitchens are very strange places to work

Posted 02/05/2018 in Current

The workload is relentless, the pressure intense, your work colleagues and customers can be unforgiving, the rewards are reaped only after years of ‘paying your dues’ and a thank you from the chef is often way down the list of two-word send-offs. Yet, in many ways, kitchens are remarkably enlightened environments. 

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2018 is the year the vegan diet has finally moved mainstream.

Posted 10/04/2018 in Current

I've always loved a challenge, and so have always been a chef who embraces a customer who chooses a vegetarian diet. 

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Bidding a Fond Farewell to Great Yarmouth's Seafood Restaurant

Posted 09/03/2018 in Current

The news of another Norfolk restaurant closure has touched a nerve, albeit for a different reason to the slew of economically-enforced shutdowns we’ve seen in recent weeks.  

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Paul Bocuse was a True Icon and the Greatest Culinary Legend of the Past Century

Posted 15/02/2018 in Current

I was surprised, disappointed and somewhat saddened by the lack of reaction to the death of French chef Paul Bocuse. In an age when celebrity mourning is ‘the thing’, his passing last month seemed to fly under the radar, but for chefs of a certain age, his death was akin to the loss of a king.

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As you'd expect, our holidays are all about the food and somehow holiday food always tastes different (EDP Column July 2017)

Posted 12/01/2018 in Current

As you'd expect, our holidays are all about the food and somehow holiday food always tastes different. 

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If you really want to learn all there is to know about the human race: ask a waiter or waitress (EDP Column September 2017)

Posted 12/01/2018 in Current

It’s a skill (and IT IS a skill) that will last a lifetime and that will stand anyone in good stead regardless of profession. If you really want to learn all there is to know about the human race: ask a waiter or waitress.

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All Jobs Have their Perks (EDP Column October 2017)

Posted 12/01/2018 in Current

All jobs have their perks, it's just that some jobs have better perks than others.

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Time Flies When You're Having Fun (EDP Column November 2017)

Posted 12/01/2018 in Current

Time flies when you're having fun. Can it really be 12 months since I closed the doors of my beloved restaurant The Lavender House in Brundall to concentrate all my (not inconsiderable) efforts on The Assembly House in Norwich? 

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Food Trends? My predictions and earnest hopes are, as ever, that we will see a return to ‘proper’ food!

Posted 10/01/2018 in Current

There was a time - though I can’t remember when - I might look at each year’s food trends with a level of mild interest.

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Who Wants to Pay to Feed Off the Daylight and My Aura?

Posted 03/07/2017 in Current

The latest diet that’s threatening to hit the mainstream is - at least - one that shouldn’t cause us too much consternation in the kitchen when the lists of dietary requirements come through.

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Richard has Discovered the Joy of Shopping at Norwich Market.

Posted 31/05/2017 in Current

I must admit, even when I was based in the countryside, I never really embraced the foraging fad. The thought of searching for edible freebies in hedgerows, damp woods and the blustery seashore just doesn’t float my boat.