Riley’s Fish Shack, a small, beach-side cabin that dishes up delicious wood-fired seafood on King Edward’s Bay, just under 10 miles from Newcastle upon Tyne, has been shortlisted in this year's inaugural World Restaurant Awards. What a coup for its owners, husband and wife Adam and Lucy Riley, who share the rostrum of nominees with restaurant giants such as Noma in Denmark, Paul Bocuse in France, and Mugaritz in Spain. Having begun life as a roving street-food bicycle stall, Riley’s debuted at Tynemouth Food Festival in 2012 before the pair opened their permanent shack, made from two shipping containers, soon after. And Riley’s really is wonderful, its team cooking fish bought from local suppliers each morning to tempt the huge queues that form, eager to grab a plate of chargrilled monkfish or a kipper wrap before they're gone. They are well worth the wait – having visited twice in as many years with my Geordie … [Read more...] about Why this tiny Tynemouth fish shack deserves its nomination in the new World Restaurant Awards
3 The J-word, “journey”, gets grossly overused on reality contests. However, it was apt during an unexpectedly emotional final of Celebrity MasterChef (BBC One), which saw former EastEnders actor John Partridge deservedly crowned champion. Partridge gave up his role in the Cockney soap in 2012 to look after his beloved mother Bridget, who had Alzheimer’s. He lost four stone due to the stress of watching her succumb to dementia and even entered Celebrity Big Brother to fund the crippling costs of her care. When she died last year, Partridge had a breakdown, descending into alcohol and substance abuse. He tearfully confessed here that cooking had saved him. “Without sounding completely ridiculous, this MasterChef experience has been healing for me,” he said. His food was full of love and frequently evoked memories of his mother. Whenever he wasn’t slaving over a hot stove, he seemed to be blubbing by it. Partridge had … [Read more...] about Celebrity MasterChef final, review: the episode may have been bloated but champion John Partridge won our hearts
Wales By Zara Morgan BBC News 16 September 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-45486646 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel As Wales' largest food festival in Abergavenny takes place, top food writers and chefs discuss how women's roles … [Read more...] about Is there still a gender gap in food?
Looks like meat is back on the menu. Not that it’s ever truly been off — but 2018’s radical insurgency of vegan-friendly pubs, clubs and restaurants has certainly given the meat market something new to chew on. Now, the only way is ethics. “After the long, hot summer, business is finally booming,” says Graham Waddington, a partner at Native Breeds Charcuterie, an artisanal business based in Gloucestershire which does most of its trade online. The digital meat market has its advantages for the environmentally-conscious customer — “providence” and “traceability” are Waddington’s watchwords. “The ripple effect of veganism is a good thing,” Waddington adds. “There’s a hidden cost to meat that comes about when people want it cheap, which encourages farmers to cut corners.” Demand for hunks and shoulders of lamb, hogget, mutton and beef has spiked with the surge of midsummer … [Read more...] about Why ethical meat is taking over London
One of Bristol's finest up and coming chefs looks set to achieve great things, after being nominated for a national award courtesy of a prestigious food magazine. Rob Howell is the head chef at Wapping Wharf restaurant Root and has been wowing diners with his attention to detail and excellent knowledge of flavours since the eatery opened last year. He honed his craft under the watchful eye of Michelin-starred chef Josh Eggleton and it now seems as if Howell is following in his muse's footsteps, after the rising star earned himself a nomination at this year's Olive Magazine 2018 Chef Awards. Howell has been nominated by members of the public in the Veggie Pioneer Award category, which will see him compete against chefs from Bath and London for the top prize. Another chef from the Bristol region in the running for an Olive prize is Romy Gill, who heads up Romy's Kitchen in Thornbury. Gill's nomination is in the Small But Mighty category; an accolade which seems appropriate given her … [Read more...] about This Bristol chef has been named as one of Britain’s best