Tuddenham Mill, High Street, Tuddenham, nr Newmarket, Suffolk. Tel 01638 713 552. Meal for two, including wine and service, £120 Stand back. I'm going to propose a theory: that the most innovative cooking in this country happens not in London, but outside it. The capital obviously lays claim to having the greatest concentration of professional, solid, occasionally thrilling restaurants in Britain. I won't lie about that just to make people in, say, Swindon, feel better about themselves. But, with a few exceptions – Jason Atherton, Nuno Mendes – it's not where the chefs are pushing boundaries. In big cities, chefs are too busy competing with each other for custom to turn in on themselves. For that you have to get out into splendid culinary isolation: think Sat Bains in Nottingham, Simon Rogan in Cartmel, David Everitt-Matthias in Cheltenham, even (in the beginning) Heston Blumenthal in his little pub on the Bray high street. Only away from the herd is it possible for … [Read more...] about Restaurant review: Tuddenham Mill
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Chinese billionaire Guo Guangchang, one of the world's richest men, has disappeared, it has been reported. A financial magazine said the Fosun conglomerate had lost contact with founder Guo - the 11th richest man in China and the 259th in the world, according to Forbes. He has stakes in a string of businesses in various industries, including UK holiday firm Thomas Cook. The report by online publication Caixin stoked speculation among company watchers and investors that the self-styled student of investor Warren Buffett may have become the latest high-profile Chinese businessman to be quizzed by regulators as part of a widespread anti-corruption crackdown by Beijing. Read more: Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8Cancel Play now Caixin, quoting unidentified sources, reported that Fosun had been unable to reach Guo since noon local time yesterday. Shares in firms controlled by the billionaire were suspended in Hong Kong … [Read more...] about Guo Guangchang: One of the world’s richest men ‘disappears’ during corruption crackdown in China
The health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, is set to become £14.5m richer after Hotcourses, the educational listings company he co-founded in 1990, was sold to an Australian firm. Hotcourses is being bought for £30.1m by IDP Education, a Melbourne-based student placement company that co-owns the popular IELTS English language proficiency test, IDP said in a statement. Companies House listings for Hotcourses shows it is 48% owned by Hunt, who set it up with his childhood friend Mike Elms, who is still a director. Hunt stepped down as a director in 2009, with his shares held in a blind trust since then. Hunt said he hoped to use his windfall to “campaign for causes I believe in” once he leaves politics. Hunt, who has previously collected significant dividends from the company, will be in line for a payout of just under £14.5m, making him potentially the richest member of Theresa May’s cabinet. Hotcourses puts together databases of places to study, and has a … [Read more...] about Jeremy Hunt in line for £14.5m windfall with Hotcourses sale
One of the world's richest men has been detained by police, it has been reported. Chinese conglomerate Fosun said its chairman, billionaire Guo Guangchang, is helping Chinese authorities after he was reported initially missing yesterday. Guo was reportedly the subject of a high profile arrest at one of Shanghai's airports. Local media reported he was being detained by the Chinese authorities, possibly in connection with corruption investigations. Guo has stakes in a string of businesses in various industries, including UK holiday firm Thomas Cook. He is the 11th richest man in China and the 259th in the world. "The company understands that Mr Guo is currently assisting in certain investigations carried out by Mainland judiciary authorities," Fosun International said in a statement. "Mr Guo may continue to take part in decision makings of the company's major matters via appropriate means. "The directors of the company are of the view that this investigation has not posed any material … [Read more...] about Guo Guangchang: One of the world’s richest men ‘detained by Chinese police after disappearance’
Here we go again: all the signs of another scandal involving meat and food safety. The first stirrings were in January, and while the authorities seem to have kept the lid on it for the moment, it has the feel of previous crises over food supply that have erupted after initial rumblings. There is confusion about what’s actually happened, and arguments over whether rules have been broken. The food watchdog has been accused once again of being too heavy-handed as steaks have disappeared from high street menus. It’s a fairly safe bet that there is more to come. The difference this time is that the structures that were set up to protect the public after previous crises are crumbling. The Food Standards Agency was created in 2001 asa central regulator after a series of food and farming scandals, with a mission to put consumers’ interests first. It depends on a functioning partnership with local authorities, which remain responsible for much food testing, inspection and … [Read more...] about We’re entitled to eat safe meat. Why has that become such a lottery?