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Multi Award Winning Midlands chef Andy Waters will open his brand new venture, Waters Restaurant on Monday 23rd November at Resorts World Birmingham, Europe’s first large scale resort destination.
Waters Restaurant will be situated adjacent to the cinema and near to the High Line New York Bar and Lounge and the Bottega Prosecco Bar and will serve classic British and French dishes with a twist that has become associated with Andy Waters approach to cooking.
The restaurant will be open seven days a week and have 65 covers and alongside the main menu, a 2-course menu rapide for £14.95 will be available at lunchtime and early evening.
The opening of the Waters Restaurant at Resorts World Birmingham further adds to the range of dining available at the resort and will complement the options for visitors to the complex including those on business and staying at the Genting Hotel and for delegates using the VOX conference centre.
Commenting on the new venture Andy Waters said “I am really excited to be part of Resorts World Birmingham. It is a fantastic complex and our location puts us at the heart of the leisure offer.”
“My aim for the restaurant is simple, Read more »
Shrewsbury’s popular House Of The Rising Sun restaurant this week launched their second anniversary celebrations since they opened to include three nights of charity fund raising, asking customers to only pay what they think their meal is worth!
Thought to be a first in the region, a series of events called ‘Say&Pay what you think’ will be held this week in their opulent upstairs restaurant where they will offer their innovative ‘Wave’ menu – which has been popular since created by head chef Sam Butler who recently achieved the accreditation of one of the UK’s Top 10 Sushi chefs at the `UK heat of the Global Sushi Challenge’ – The menu is available most nights is the restaurant including over Christmas and is created by the team and consists of ‘wave after wave’ of dishes selected from their menus arriving at each table to taste – The restaurant is renowned for their ‘Pan Asian’ cuisine using locally sourced and speciality ingredients, however on these charity nights the guests will be treated to additional flavours that will challenge their senses as well as their perceptions of value, as they will be asked to write down what they think of each dish, and in turn what they think each is worth – then all the totals will be tallied and they will only need to pay what think the whole meals was worth.
Manager James Cross (Pictured, surfing the new ‘Wave’ chalk board) commented “We cant believe its been two years since we opened House Of The Rising Sun – It was a new venture and a real first for the region when we opened in October 2013, and we did n’t know what sort of feedback we would receive, but the support of our customers over the past two years has been phenomenal – the business has evolved massively following on-going positive feedback.” continuing “We recently carried out a detailed survey of our customers on our food, service, atmosphere and the events we host, and the comments were overwhelmingly positive – with over 150 respondents to date – one of the continuing themes was our focus on premium ingredients and innovative dishes, so we thought we would create a series of events that showcase both of those elements, experimenting with Read more »
Brockencote Hall Hotel near Kidderminster has been named Best Hotel for the fourth successive year in the Visit Worcestershire Awards for Excellence 2015.
The awards showcase the very best of the region’s tourism sector and recognise the achievements of local businesses in the industry. General Manager Dean Gunston said: “We’re so proud to be named Best Hotel for the fourth year in a row. Everyone here has worked very hard to ensure that the hotel continues to maintain its reputation as one of the finest luxury hotels and restaurants in Worcestershire and this award is well deserved.”
The Visit Worcestershire awards ceremony was held last week at St Andrews House Hotel, Droitwich, where guest speakers included Lady Cobham, Chairman of VisitEngland, Gary Woodman, Executive Director of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, and Stephen Badham from Creative England.
The Visit Worcestershire award is the latest in a raft of accolades for Brockencote Hall. Earlier this year it won a Gold Award at the prestigious VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2015 after being crowned Small Hotel of the Year; and last year the hotel was awarded three coveted AA Rosettes in the 2014 AA Restaurant Guide as well as the AA Inspectors’ Choice / 4 Red Stars for accommodation.
The 21-bedroom hotel, in Chaddesley Corbett, is part of the Eden Hotel Collection, the AA Small Hotel Group of the Year 2014 / 2015.
Paul Foster, the Head Chef at Mallory Court Hotel in Leamington Spa, has been named runner-up in the largest and most prestigious chef competition in the UK.
Multi-award-winning Paul narrowly missed out on the Craft Guild of Chefs’ National Chef of the Year 2016 title in the most closely-fought final in the competition’s 45-year history.
He was one of just eight chefs from around the country to reach the final, which took place at The Restaurant Show at London’s Olympia on October 6. The title was won by Larry Jayasekara, Sous Chef at Gordon Ramsay Holdings. Third place went to Martin Carabott from The Royal Automobile Club.
The dishes were judged by a panel of some of Britain’s most accomplished chefs, which this year was chaired by Clare Smyth, Chef Patron at the three Michelin starred Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, and included Claude Bosi, Daniel Clifford, James Petrie, Sat Bains, Alyn Williams, Ben Tish and Stephen Terry.
The finalists were given just two hours to produce four covers consisting of Read more »
Does one of the UK’s Top 10 Sushi Chefs ‘rice’ to the occasion and serve a fresh new approach to UK Sushi or a ‘damp squid’?
Sam Butler, head chef at The House of the Rising Sun restaurant in Shrewsbury, will be competing in the UK heat of the Global Sushi Challenge this week at one of the world’s most recognisable Japanese restaurants, Nobu, in the heart of London.
The competition is held over three days and includes a two day training programme, run by renowned sushi chef Kazato, the official sushi ambassador appointed by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
Sam is only one of two chefs from outside of London, with a total of nine competing in the competition including chefs from Sake No Hana, Murakami, Maze Grill Park Walk and Sushi Samba. The organisers of the Global Sushi Challenge approached him after they saw photos of his dishes on social media.
He said: “It will be an amazing learning curve as all of our sushi we serve on our daily menus at the House Of The Rising Sun is self-taught. It’s been what we have gathered from books, YouTube and eating sushi elsewhere. It will be nerve-wracking; the other competitors have a lot more experience but it will be good to represent Shropshire in the competition.”
The House of the Rising Sun offers traditional sushi and sashimi as well as rolls with modern twists that change weekly and may include: soft shell crab and pepper; lobster with Thai basil, lemon mayonnaise and salted cucumber; and chicken and spring onion – it is served alongside their daily Pacific Rim influenced menu. Chef sam added “many people travel from outside the region to enjoy our sushi as its so unusual to be able to enjoy it so fresh in the land-locked Midlands.”
The competing chefs will have to prepare a selection of Read more »
There are many days where we have the privilege to speak with, eat with and occasionally socialise with some of the regions finest Chefs and producers – but there are few days more finer than this week – not only congratulating Birmingham’s newest ‘Star’ in person but also speaking with the editor of the Guide which awarded the Star, and those who have supported him in his ascendancy – even from a student!
The results of the Michelin Guide 2016 entrants and exits was announced a day early by an unwitting on-line book shop releasing an ‘embargoed’ book a day early to a Chef who began to share on twitter – so Michelin took control and announced the risers and fallers via twitter themselves off their own account – eat-the-midlands.co.uk (ETM) asked Editor Rebecca Burr (RB) how Michelin dealt with the leak and in particular the news about Birmingham’s new ‘Star’ entrant, Carters of Moseley.
ETM: Rebecca, How have the past 24 hours been since the ‘early’ release of the winners and losers?
RB: It was a challenging day yesterday but we reacted to the early leak and managed to take the lead with our social media account @MichelinGuideUK and our followers helped spread the news – it’s a very important day for many of the UKs’ Chefs and it’s only fair they hear it from the horses mouth as it were and not as rumour, so the blip was only short term and thankfully the news was received very positively. It is a challenge of modern media communications.
ETM: What would you say are the key changes to this years guide entrants compared to last?
RB: We always try and remain consistent in our assessments. Restaurants are constantly opening and sadly some closing and the UK is very prolific in its range of openings so our inspectors need to ensure our principles are applied to whatever the food style or pedigree of the Chef – this year the standards have continued to improve with 206 new entrants overall – including our two new Two Michelin Star venues in London which are both Japanese – it indicates the diversity of the UK restaurant market.
ETM: With the launch this time last year of your twitter account @MichelinGuideUK have you yourselves experienced any challenges in your ‘tone and style’ of what you communicate?
RB: It has been a learning curve for us too this year – Michelin is historically perceived as secretive, only publishing each printed guide once a year, so we wanted to open up our Read more »
There are many days where we have the privilege to speak with, eat with and occasionally socialise with some of the regions finest Chefs and producers – but there are few days more finer than today – not only congratulating Birmingham’s newest ‘Star’ in person and those who have supported him in his ascendancy – even from a student - but also speaking with the Editor of the Guide which awarded the Star.
It was with little dignity that the illusive folk at the Michelin Guide had to react somewhat on the back foot on Wednesday, when their closely guarded secret guides’ contents were ‘accidentally leaked’ a day early by an unwitting on-line book shop who posted an ‘embargoed’ copy to a chef, a day early, who then started to share his bootie across social media – somewhat taking the ‘reveal’ away from the magicians who had created the magic. So, as with the modern world of communications, Michelin bravely took the lead once again and started to Tweet out those winners and losers on their newly created ‘feed’ @MichelinGuideUK to their loyal followers, who in turn spread the good, and some bad, news.
Gone was the Star held by Gordon Ramsay’s ‘Maze’ in London, just on the cusp of celebrating his tenth year there, as well as ‘Sienna’ in Dorchester ‘ where new Chef Marcus Wolcox had recently taken over but not got up to speed soon enough – whereas the team at Maze had not been as consistent as the guide likes, and paid the ultimate price.
Other risers were the privately owned Goring Hotel on the South Bank of London as well as new entrants to the rare Two Star stable The Araki (with only nine covers – yes 9!) and Umu both Japanese and in London –but what of further North? Well due to a late re-opening following their refit The Fat Duck, Heston Bluenthal’s ‘two star’ creation did not manage to re-open in time for the inspectors, so bizarrely is now ‘star-less’ so may now be offering some sort of two-for-one deal to diners until full Star Service is restored at next years round!
But which other Cities shone through? Leeds received a Star at ‘Man behind the Curtain’ Loughborough for ‘John’s House’ and Manchester remained baron.
In the Midlands it was a different story – the rich pickings of the four Michelin Starred Restaurants of Adams, Simpsons, Turners and Purnell’s were joined by a Chefs favourite, Carters of Moseley – Owned by Chef Brad Carter and his hard working partner Holly Jackson – the two have been serving the regions gourmands and most of the Michelin Chefs in the know with their simple flavorsome dishes for nearly five years – never missing a service, and this week their hard work, consistency and focus were truly rewarded.
“I could nt believe it when Rebecca [Burr, Michelin Guide Editor] called me yesterday to break the news – I was gob-smacked’ comments Brad ‘I never in my wildest dreams thought we would achieve such an accolade at Carters – we cook what
we believe in for our customers – and that’s pretty much it. We don’t have posh table cloths or clever cooking gimmicks – just great seasonal produce – it’s such an honour to join the likes of Glynn, Richard, Luke and Adam – all of which I am honoured to say are not only our customers, but also sent us very kind messages of congratulations, and even Richard Turner popped in a bottle of champagne for the team last night after service – he has supported us from day one – but it was still a real surprise – we are all very humbled at the support.”
Partner Holly Jackson who oversees the front of house service added “As soon as the news broke yesterday the phones went mad – at one point the battery even went flat as we had been answering every call – it got to about 4am this morning and I thought I just had to go to bed and stop replying to all the lovely messages – it still hasn’t really sunk in – we would like to thank everyone for all their kind support and best wishes – many from our loyal regular customers, its so lovely.”
When asked what they were going to change now they had achieved the Michelin Star, Holly added Read more »
Award winning Thai Chef Suree Coates of the King and Thai in Broseley, Shropshire is set to launch an all-British producers menu to celebrate British Food Fortnight (September 19th – October 4th 2015)
The King and Thai was recently crowned ‘Midlands Restaurant of the Year’ by Waitrose Good Food Guide and Chef Patron Suree Coates has previously been crowned UK Curry Chef of the Year and South Asia Chef of the Year. She champions regional and British produce on her Thai menus, with much of the garden produce grown in her own gardens and locally at Apley Estate, a rural estate, which can trace its origins back to medieval times, where they grow produce in their Victorian walled gardens covering over 4 acres including in the restored Victorian greenhouses.
Phil Allen Head Gardener at Apley Estate commented “We are undertaking a huge restoration project at Apley Estate, returning the British made teak greenhouses to their former glory, as well as the walled gardens, which have been largely untouched for over 50 years – Lord & Lady Hamilton have started this project and are investing in its restoration – I am delighted to be part of it, and working with Chef Suree has been a real eye opener – We grow produce for our own Apley Farm Shop nearby, but working closely with Suree with her knowledge of produce, passion for flavours and demands for speciality produce for her The King and Thai Restaurant means we can help by sourcing speciality crops to cultivate specifically for her, some which were discovered hundreds of years ago, like our heritage tomatoes that have outstanding flavour – nothing like ones you buy in some supermarkets today – We are also growing fresh Thai basil, lemon basil, crystal lemon cucumbers, and Read more »