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The Midlands Finest Chefs Help Raise Money Through Innovative New National Cook Book

Great British Cook Book with Chef Mark Poynton of Restaurant Allimentum

Great British Cook Book with Chef Mark Poynton of Restaurant Alimentum

A nationwide search has taken place to find 200 different and diverse dishes from regions around Great Britain. The Ebook will be a celebration of this diversified nation with a variety of chefs, styles and foods to thrill any palate.

There will be 20 recipes from each of the ten areas of the Great British isles which include London and the South, North West, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to name a few, featuring restaurants and Chefs with a dish well worth sharing. An essential ethos for the book was not purely to feature AA Rosette or Michelin Star Restaurants and Chefs but to cover a range of different venues that are passionate about food and use innovative and inspiring recipes with local produce.

The book has been joined by some real household names represent each region including; Richard Corrigan. Michael Caines. Sat Baines. Rik Stein. Mark Joron. Mark Greenaway. Kenny Atkinson. Colin McGurran. Chris Eden. Luke Thomas. Adam Simmonds and Cyrus Todiwala and Mark Poynton for Central England.

Central England has been well represented with contributions from right across the culinary spectrum including Michelin Chef Richard Turner, of Turners Restaurant, and Chef Rachel Dorrell (pictured below) from Hotel La Tour in Birmingham, Award Winning Thai Chef Suree Coates of the King and Thai in Shropshire, as well as The Hundred House, Henry Tudor House, Drapers Hall, and Mytton and Mermaid all in Shropshire, David Kelman Ellenborugh Park Cheltenham, The Wood Norton and Andy Waters of The Queens in Belbroughton, both in Worcestershire.

Chef Suree Coates Great British Cook Book

Chef Suree Coates Great British Cook Book

“I was delighted to be asked to appear in this prestigious publication” commented Thai Chef Suree Coates (pictured) of The King and Thai, Shropshire “Its an honour to see my dishes next to the likes if Cyrus Todiwala who has been an inspiration to me and my cheffing, and its such a great cause”.

Michelin Chef Richard Turner (photo below) of Turners Restaurant Birmingham added “The diversity of the region is well represented in the book and its great to be able to raise awareness of the good causes.”

Mark Poynton (pictured above) of Michelin Starred Restaurant Alimentum in Cambridge who is fronting the Central England region added “I was delighted to be asked to support the Central Region for the launch of the Great British Cook Book – It is a great initiative, and a wonderful cause raising money for Macmillan Cancer Trust and Hospitality Action. Central England is spoilt by the number of high quality Chefs across the region, and I look forward to reading how they have used the regions’ ingredients in their recipes.”
Gary Allen, Project Director for the book said; “We wanted to combine our love of food with some of the amazing chefs and food producers we have come across through the years of working in the industry. The book has a real commitment to raising awareness on using local and sustainable produce where possible just like some of the reader’s favourite chefs and restaurants do. All sales from the book will be donated to Macmillian Cancer support and Hospitality Action.”
Andy Waters from Michelin Bib Gourmand pub The Queens commented “I am proud to be a part of this book that supports two fantastic causes whilst celebrating the thriving food industry we have in Britain today”.

Adam Simmonds, the books ambassador and Great British Menu winner 2014 is a huge supporter of the book; “When the guys first came to me a few years ago I knew nothing of that magnitude had been done before and was instantly hooked on the concept, the support from the chef world has been truly amazing!”

The book will feature 50 starters, 100 mains and 50 desserts as well as ten in depth features of unique and traditional trades in the UK. The areas covered include butchery, fishmongery, baking, home grown produce, wine and beer and there will be a rare insight into how these traditional trades work in our modern world. Readers will be taken on a food journey through a culinary array of cooking techniques, flavours and origins of produce without having to leave the book.

Readers will also get the chance to vote for their favourite recipe/dish through Twitter and Facebook. The venue which has received the most votes will win their very own on-line cook book in 2015 worth 30,000.

The Great British on-line Cook Book goes on sale for download November 20th following a launch at Nottingham Castle and will be available from all the main on-line shopping sites, and a printed version may follow early 2015. For more information visit or follow @gbcookbook on Twitter.

WIN an invite to the prestigious launch at Nottingham Castle on November 20th. Register in any of the lists HERE before October 31st

Chef David Ellenborough GB Cook Book

Chef David Ellenborough GB Cook Book

Andy Waters GB Cook Book

Andy Waters GB Cook Book

Rachel Dorrell Hotel La Tour Great British Cook Book

Rachel Dorrell Hotel La Tour Great British Cook Book

Chef Richard Tuner Great British Cook Book

Chef Richard Tuner Great British Cook Book

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Itihaas and Chivas Regal join forces to launch exclusive new tasting event in Birmingham

Itihaas and Chivas Regal join forces to launch exclusive new tasting event in Birmingham

Itihaas and Chivas Regal join forces to launch exclusive new tasting event in Birmingham

This month Birmingham’s foodies will get the chance to experience an exclusive pairing of whisky and Indian cuisine as part of a new partnership betweem deluxe Scottish whisky brand Chivas Regal and restaurant caterer, Itihaas.

Run by The Birmingham Whisky Club, the event is adding a novel twist to the city’s love affair with food from the Subcontinent. Held on 23rd October at Itihaas restaurant in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, attendees will dine on a series of dishes, each matched to a different whisky chosen for its complementary characteristics, including age, strength and flavour profile.

The food menu will reflect the focus on elegance and exclusivity, with dishes to include spiced tempura cod, and apple-cinnamon samosa with almond kulfi. The range of whiskies to be served will include high-quality blends Chivas 18 and Royal Salute.

Raj Rana, founder of Itihaas, commented: “Many people won’t have experienced the combination of Indian cuisine with whiskies before, but with this new event and partnership we are aiming to show how well the two complement one another, to create a high-end dining experience with a difference.”

Phil Huckle, Brand Ambassador at Chivas Regal, said: “This is the first time we have partnered with a Birmingham venue and caterer, and it reflects Read more »

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Michelin Interview

14-new-stars-in-Michelin-Guide-2015Exclusive interview with the editor of the Michelin Guide on all things Midlands – Chefs, trends and twitter! Here

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AA Awards for Birmingham Restaurants

Chef Richard Turner Celebrate The AA Awards with his Brigade

Chef Richard Turner Celebrate The AA Awards with his Brigade. From Left James Day of, and brigade Aivaras Saduka, Alex Bond (Head Chef), Richard Turner, Dmitri Filimosin, Rohan McFarlane.

The great and good of the country’s hospitality industry were out in force last night at the AA Hospitality Awards. Twenty four award winners were celebrating after being presented with their coveted titles at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London ’s Park Lane including a new award for this year, The AA Spirit Award.

Often referred to as the industry’s ‘Oscars’ the AA Hospitality Awards is a key date on everyone’s calendar – a rare time when major players in the Hospitality world can get together – and recognise the commitment to excellence that so many establishments and individuals strive to provide their guests. Drawing on the unrivalled knowledge and expertise of the AA inspectorate and other industry professionals involved in the judging process, winners are selected in recognition of excellence and success within their chosen category, having shown a significant improvement in the preceding 12 – 18 months and proving their dedication to raising industry standards and enhancing both their guest and diner experiences. From top hotels and restaurants to the best of British pubs the AA Hospitality Awards celebrate everything that is great in British hospitality. All the winners will appear in the latest edition of the 2015 AA Hotel, Restaurant and Pub Guides which were launched at the event.

Guests at the awards ceremony, hosted by Fiona Bruce, were treated to a sensational gourmet meal created by 2013 AA Chefs’ Chef, Tom Kerridge, as well as entertainment from Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists Light Balance.

Birmingham was represented by Chef Richard Turner of Michelin starred Turners Restaurant in Harborne. Upon receiving his award he commented “It is is always good to receive accreditation by the guides for our cooking. The 3 AA rosettes recognise consistency and seasonality in the cooking as well as intelligent service, and a well chosen wine list, and so I took my whole team down to help celebrate and share the in the achievement” continuing “we have undergone a top to toe assessment of Turners in recent months, including Read more »

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Two Michelin Star Chef Michael Caines Shropshire Restaurant Venture

Chef Michael Caines Oswestry restaurant Opening

Chef Michael Caines Oswestry Restaurant Opening

The Shropshire town of Oswestry is set to welcome famous Two Michelin Star Chef Michael Caines MBE to the kitchens of the newly developed Town House.

The  team at Michael Caines Limited will be supporting and advising the new Oswestry bar and restaurant in the lead up to the grand opening in October / November 2014 and beyond.

Michael Caines is one of Britain’s most acclaimed chefs. AA Chef’s Chef of the Year in 2007, and awarded an MBE in 2006 for services to the hospitality industry, Michael is the Executive Chef at Gidleigh Park, which was voted the number one restaurant by Sunday Times Food List in 2013. It is where Michael has earned his reputation – as well as two Michelin stars. Michael’s primary interest will remain at Gidleigh Park and The Townhouse will be added to his growing portfolio of consultancy interests which also include restaurants in Manchester, Chester and Exeter.

The agreement will see Michael Caines Limited assisting The Townhouse in all operational areas including overseeing the appointment of key staff, kitchen design and layout, menu creation and online reservation systems among other things. The venue will be known as The Townhouse and branded “a restaurant by Michael Caines”

Mike Scott and Ollie Jackson, owners of The Townhouse said: “We are delighted that Michael and his team are sharing their experience and expertise with us to launch The Townhouse in Oswestry. The Michael Caines brand is synonymous with quality and whilst a Michelin star is not on our agenda Michael’s team will be overseeing the creation of all menus, including some of our own signature dishes, designed to complement The Townhouse’s informal, yet sharp interior design and fit with the local market using the best local ingredients. This is really big news for Oswestry and we hope that it will be a massive boost for the town’s restaurants as a “restaurant by Michael Caines” will really put Oswestry on the food map.”

Michael Caines added: “The Townhouse is a really exciting project to have become involved with.” Michael Caines Limited brings many years of Read more »

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Shropshire King and Thai Restaurant Featured in National Dining Guide

Chef Patron Suree Coates celebrates her Good food Guide Entry

Chef Patron Suree Coates celebrates her Good food Guide Entry

The Shropshire based King and Thai restaurant has put Shropshire firmly on the National culinary map, by achieving what many Chefs aspire to, by being recommended in the prestigious Good Food Guide, for 2015.

At a star studded event in London this week the overall winners were announced – including the prestigious Top 50 UK restaurants – with the top spot going to L’Enclume, in Cumbria, headed up by two Michelin Star Chef Simon Rogan.

Controversially no Midlands restaurants were listed in the Top 50, although Carters in Moseley was crowned Midlands Restaurant of The Year – taking the crown from last years Winner, Turners Restaurant in Harborne.

 The King and Thai in Broseley, Shropshire was entered for the first time as a ‘Local Gem’ which is a new category in the prestigious guide to highlight ‘rising stars’ who achieve consistent excellence, using fresh local ingredients – restaurants that, according to the guide ‘we all wish we have on our doorstep’ – Shropshire diners are treated to such a luxury and have voted in their droves for this favourite award wining Thai eatery, which sources their aged meats for the local butchers for their curries, and local free range eggs – with fresh fish being hand picked by Suree at Birmingham fish market weekly – “I was so delighted to be nominated” commented Chef Patron Suree Coates “It’s such a privilege to feature in such a prestigious guide amongst the best chefs and venues in the UK – I am humbled. Thank you to all our local customers, and the judges of The Waitrose Good Food Guide for considering us.” The King and Thai was also named by respected Food writer and TV presenter Tom Parker-Bowles, as being listed as his ‘Top Thai Restaurant Outside London” - Head Chef Dan Power was also crowned ‘Shropshire Curry Chef’ for 2014/15 earlier this year.

Chef Suree pictured inside the King & Thai with her letter from the Waitrose Good Food Guide informing her of the prestigious accolade, and outside proudly displaying her awards sticker.

Chef Suree is proud of her nomination sticker

Chef Suree is proud of her nomination sticker

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Michelin star chef to open Birmingham Independent Food Fair


Chef Richard Tuner at Birmingham Independent Food Fair Launch taken by Nick Wilson for the Birmingham Post 2014

Richard Turner, chef patron of the Michelin-starred Turners Restaurant, will officially open a new festival celebrating the city’s independent food and drink scene on 13 September.

A lynchpin of Birmingham’s culinary landscape, Richard Turner’s Harborne restaurant has been included in the prestigious Michelin guide every year since 2009, as well as receiving accolades from the Sunday Times and the Good Food Guide. The chef has seen Birmingham’s food scene explode, as he explains:

 “If you’d told me when I started cooking that we’d have four Michelin star restaurants and this diversity, I wouldn’t have believed you. The city just wasn’t renowned for food. It’s pure passion from the city’s chefs that has put Birmingham on the culinary map – it’s in our blood.

 “Birmingham Independent Food Fair, and the producers and traders who are supporting it, are what makes this city great. We should all shout about it, because no-one else will.”

 The chef will also be inviting Birmingham Independent Food Fair visitors to experience the Michelin treatment at Turners Restaurant for a specially reduced price.

 Other chefs taking part in September’s food fair will include Nathan Eade, the young chef entrepreneur of Epi Restaurant, and Alfonso Yufera-Ruiz, a native of Spain who trained at University College Birmingham before opening Don Diego Tapas restaurant in Sutton Coldfield.

Current students of gastronomy from University College Birmingham will also be at the food fair entertaining visitors with cooking demonstrations to include sausage-linking and sugar sculpture.

 A total of 40 independent food and drink businesses will descend on Millennium Point on 13 September for Birmingham Independent Food Fair, with Purity craft beer and Langley’s Gin among the local drinks on offer. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available at

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Birmingham Second Best Value in UK for City Break

Birmingham Marriott Hotel

Birmingham Marriott Hotel

“Birmingham offers the second best value city break in the UK”, according to an annual cost comparison study released today by TripAdvisor ahead of the August bank holiday.

An evening out and overnight stay in a four star hotel in Birmingham will set you back £166.06, almost half the price of a break in the UK’s most expensive city, Edinburgh, which costs £331.28.

The results were taken from this year’s TripIndex UK Cities, which compares the cost of an evening out in each of the UK’s twenty most popular cities, taking into account typical costs for two people to enjoy a pre-meal cocktail at a four star hotel, a meal out, taxis, and an overnight stay for two in a four star hotel during the month of August.
Emma Gray, director of marketing services at Visit Birmingham, the city’s official leisure tourism programme, said, “For anyone planning a UK break over the bank holiday weekend, Birmingham offers visitors great value for money and a wide range of choice to suit all pockets – from culture to Read more »

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Chase Distillery Rock The Farm Event

Chase Distillery Rock The Farm Chase Cup

Chase Distillery Rock The Farm Chase Cup

Chase The Prizes at Rock the farm.

Herefordshire’s ‘Chase Distillery’ is not only satisfied with creating some of the Worlds finest single estate spirits (official), but have now opened their annual drinks and music festival ‘Rock the Farm’ to the paying public!

In its third year, this ‘Uber Cool’ festival takes place at the much-revered Chase Distillery on Rosemaund Farm near Hereford. Tickets are open to the public for the first time, offering a privileged opportunity to be part of this unique & very British food & drink festival that has only previously been privy to those in the illustrious drinks industry.

Expect to be amongst some of the world’s best bar tenders, pioneers of the drinks industry, various legends of the entertainment world; Mystery Jets, Huw Stephens, The Cuban Brothers & such like and many of the bar industry’s finest all coming together to celebrate the best in British food & drink in the most unique festival setting.

The Chase Distillery, home to the prestigious Chase Vodka, already awarded a title of the world’s finest vodka and the hugely acclaimed Williams Chase Gin, both home grown at the distillery. What better venue could you ever conjure up for a boutique food & drink festival?

With a festival like this, you know the spread laid on will be exceptional. A mouthwatering food village, with pop-up restaurants, a mind blowing mix of bars & drinking taster sessions, 3 stages including the main stage in the Great Chase Barn, hidden cinema, botanical room, & don’t forget to check out Willy’s secret!

The Chase Cup is a must at the festival. One of the biggest accolades in the bar tending world & Rock The Farm hosts the Read more »

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Chef Ron Faulkner re-writes the recipe book for his own restaurant

Restaurant Manger William Levrard with Chef Ron Faulkner & selection of their daily ‘Bar Plates’

Restaurant Manager William Levrard with Chef Ron Faulkner & selection of their daily ‘Bar Plates’

Chef Ron Faulkner Re-writes the recipe book for his popular Ronnies of Thornbury, Near Bristol

It’s been 7 years since Chef Ron Faulkner opened his eponymous restaurant ‘Ronnies’ in sleepy Thornbury,located North of Bristol, and according to the Sunday Times National Newspaper, helped establish the town as one of the ‘4th Best Places to Live in the UK!’ Quite an accolade for the town, and quite a gauntlet for Chef Ron – he continued to pick up series of awards and accreditations, including Good Food Guide restaurant of The Year for the UK.

Thornbury is becoming a destination for foodies once again, with the popular ‘Hawkes House café & Bar’ also in the square and ‘Romy’s Kitchen’ Indian Restaurant – Ever-one to push the boundaries, Chef Ron is now set to re-write the gastronomical guide for the region by undergoing a complete overhall of his popular Ronnies Restaurant, from the dishes on the hot plate through to the flavours on the customers palate, and everything in between, even including the furniture – “Alot has happened in the past Seven years” Comments Chef Ron “we were one of the first aspirational eateries in the region and were proud to be part of the renaissance that Thornbury underwent, and Bristol and the South West has certainly continued that accreditation for food – Styles have changed over the years, as have the desires and expectations of Read more »

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