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JANUARY 2011: William Hill has given even-money odds on Restaurant Gordon Ramsay losing one of its three Michelin stars when the 2011 Great Britain & Ireland guide is published next week.
JANUARY 2011: Heston Blumenthal’s hotly anticipated Mayfair restaurant, Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental, will feature a Victorian-style ice cream trolley that makes ice cream for diners on the spot, the chef’s right-hand man has revealed. Ashley Palmer-Watts, who has developed Dinner’s concept and menus with Heston for the past two years, and who will head up the kitchen when it opens its doors on 31 January, expects the machine to be a ‘real showstopper’.
JANUARY 2011: Spanish chef José Pizarro, co-founder and former executive chef of Tapas Brindisa, is preparing to launch his first solo venture on nearby Bermondsey Street in April. Called José, the newcomer will be inspired by the tapas joints of Barcelona’s bustling Boquería market in style and decor, with limited, informal seating and a focus on the freshest ingredients. The menu will change daily but will stick to simple and traditional tapas, with sherry a speciality of the wine list.
JANUARY 2011: The hugely anticipated launch of Dinner at The Mandarin Oriental has now opened. Check out the funky interior, from which guests will be able to see into the state-of-the-art kitchen and watch the 45-strong team of chefs at work. Sadly, this is as close as all but a lucky few will get to Dinner for the time being. The booking lines for each new calendar month open three months beforehand, so get dialling.
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