To Claridge’s on Monday for dinner to celebrate the special food issue of the hotel's magazine. Executive chef Martyn Nail served his now-infamous lobster wellington to guests including Marcus Wareing, Fay Maschler, Tom Parker Bowles, Ewan Venters and Clerkenwell Boy.
At the GQ Food & Drink Awards, the real action happened on the street outside when there was a ‘car off’ between Tom Sellers and Jason Atherton who both arrived in brand new Rolls Royces. The Dumbwaiter arrived on foot.
Naming a restaurant requires some thought as does naming a group. It turns out Woodhead Restaurant Group, who own Quality Chop House, Portland, Clipstone and the recently opened Emilia in Mayfair, was named after co-founders Will Lander and Dan Morgenthau’s favourite teacher at the school they both went to. Mr Woodhead no doubt enjoys receiving more than an apple from his two former students.
Many chefs raise money for charity but Paul Ainsworth is as big a hitter with this as he is with food, raising more than £43,000 for Pancreatic Cancer UK by running the London Marathon. Congratulations, chef!
To remember Reg Gadney, husband to Fay Maschler and one of London’s favourite restaurant guests, there was a lovely gathering in Fitzrovia, at which the Guinea Grill, Homeslice and Veeraswamy provided the refreshments to many of the capital’s biggest food names. CODE toasts Reg with a negroni (his favourite).
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