Drew Smith

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The 50 Best Restaurants in the World is Just a Sham

(1) Comments | Posted 4 May 2012 | (00:00)

The 50 Best restaurants in the world idea began life as a random magazine article in Manchester. The girls and boys in the office of then a putative new restaurant rag to rival the industry's Caterer and Hotelkeeper rang around a few people they know, like me, who might have...

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The Long Slow Broil of London Cooking

(2) Comments | Posted 8 February 2012 | (13:35)

Surprisingly perhaps, and long overdue, and long after it was predicted everywhere else, but London has started to see some genuine signs of becoming a gastronomic capital of note. And if that sounds if I am the last person on the planet then so be it because it was never...

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The Cupcake Essays (Part II) - Frosties Take to the Streets

(0) Comments | Posted 22 November 2011 | (16:29)

Tim Hayward told the Observer Food Monthly of his panic when having pawned the family silver to buy the bankrupt bakers Fitzbillies in Cambridge that he finally realised he did not have a baker on the team. "Unless we could do something about recovering the traditional recipes, we're going to...

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Let Them Eat Cupcakes...A Chat With Manuela Kjeilen

(1) Comments | Posted 22 November 2011 | (15:06)

You can forget Jamie Oliver, Heston Blumenthal this Christmas because what the nation really wants is...cupcakes. Where the book trade in general is still coming to terms with being mugged by Amazon, obscure little bakeries have been trotting out their tomes faster than their scones.

If it can be...

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The Best Kebab in the World?

(2) Comments | Posted 2 September 2011 | (00:00)

For someone as steeped in restaurants as myself, it is just bizarre to come across a great restaurant by accident that no one has heard of, has no web site, no reviews and I think no phone number. I am pinching myself the morning after and wondering if was all...

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