From the outside, squashed between the Bargain Booze off-licence and a Polish restaurant on Mansfield Road in Sherwood, OFM's Best Producer for 2011 is not much to look at. But step inside JT Beedham & Sons, which has been on these premises since 1884, and you find a hunter-gatherer's paradise. In a central chilled cabinet sit huge shins of aged beef, gleaming kidneys, succulent fillets of lamb and pork belly with a flitch of fat so wide you think it must be a mistake – all sourced from two local farms. If you are lucky, owner Johnny Pusztai will be there too, encouraging everyone who comes in the shop to try the samples on the counter. Pusztai was 12 when he started working here, when it was still owned by the Beedham family, riding a delivery bike around the town, doubling his 10-bob salary with tips. He knew instantly this would be his career. "I'd look through the window at the women who'd come in and chat to the butchers," he says. "Those guys were magicians with … [Read more...] about Observer Food Monthly Awards 2011 best producer: Johnny Pusztai
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Ashley Palmer-Watts has a photograph on his iPhone which, although taken 10 months ago, still brings him out in a cold sweat. It is a picture of the bills from the first week of full service at Dinner, Heston Blumenthal's restaurant at London's Mandarin Oriental hotel in Knightsbridge where Palmer-Watts is head chef. Scrawled across the top of every single receipt, in black handwriting, is the name of the customer. It reads like a roll call of respected food critics and chefs. There is Charles Campion of the London Evening Standard, Giles Coren of the Times and, of course, the Observer's Jay Rayner. There is Alain Ducasse, one of the most Michelin-starred chefs in existence. And there, somewhat incongruously, is Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson and former Blur bassist turned cheesemaker Alex James (who, it transpired, was reviewing the restaurant for the Sun). "On the first day, we had eight tables of critics," says Palmer-Watts, who was previously head chef at the Fat Duck. "Alain … [Read more...] about Observer Food Monthly Awards 2011 Best restaurant: Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
IF money was no object what car would you buy? Many dream of owning a classic super car from Ferrari, Jaguar or Aston Martin. Sadly, the huge price tags mean us mere mortals could never think of getting our hands on one. And some of the richest celebs would have to take a back step when it comes to the pricest models in the world, too. That's because even by super car standards the value of the most expensive cars in the world are eye-watering. Prices continue to rocket, with classic cars one of the best investments around.Ferraris dominate the all-time top 10 list accounting for seven raking in hundreds of millions in recent years. But we've compiled the top 10 most expensive cars of all time for each car maker - adjusted for current prices - for you to drool over on your lunchbreak.1. 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Date sold: 14 August 2014 Price sold: £29.3millionThis Ferrari is one of the most sought after cars in the world so it's little surprise this version which was second off the … [Read more...] about The top 10 most expensive cars of all time by brand including Ferrari, Jaguar, Porsche and Aston Martin models – but which one would YOU choose?
Warning, contains spoilers: this year I’m Christmas shopping with purpose, and hoping to convert my loved ones to solid bar soap. There is unarguably too much plastic in the world, woefully few refill services available (why? it doesn’t seem hard), and bar soaps are now so gentle, stylish and delicious-smelling that making the more responsible choice is far from sacrificial. Bar soap is covetable and cool, at last. Soapsmith is an independent British company focused on traditional craftsmanship and modern design. Soapmaker Sam Jameson – one of the growing number of young, black, female beauty brand founders – takes London as her inspiration, with scents named after her favourite spots in the capital. My favourite – if only in soap terms – is Marble Arch £10, 100g) a rich, fatty coconut and shea butter bar of comforting, feelgood orange, saffron and vanilla, handmade and wrapped in colourful, graphic recyclable paper. It gives you every reason to … [Read more...] about The best soap bars for Christmas
CHRISTMAS is right around the corner, so it's time to treat the gadget geeks in your life. The Sun's tech experts have been testing all the latest goodies – here's a full list of the must-have buys for Christmas 2019. Best tech gifts under £50 for gadget fans this Christmas This iconic smart speaker is powered by Amazon's Alexa digital assistant, and controlled by your voice. Play music, ask questions, control your smart home and more – all without lifting a finger. Echo Dot at Amazon for £24.99 – buy here Philips Hue is the biggest name in smart lighting, and this starter kit makes it easier than ever to upgrade. You'll be able to control your lights from your smartphone, set lighting schedules and even hook the whole system up to an Alexa speaker for voice controls too. Philips Hue starter kit at Amazon for £48.99 – buy here This is undoubtedly the must-have game of 2019's festive season. The latest addition to the Call of Duty franchise has … [Read more...] about Christmas gadget gift guide – best tech presents for any budget in 2019