Osteria Francescana, Modena

I’ve been working front of house for nearly a year now. I’ve written about eating in restaurants for yonks but never before considered the difficulty involved in the day to day running of one. It’s been a steep and fascinating learning curve. Shortly after employing me, Oisín Rogers, general manager of the Guinea Grill, gave me Danny Meyer’s Setting the Table. In this book the … Continue reading Osteria Francescana, Modena

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

There are only three 3 Michelin starred restaurants in London: recently awarded The Araki, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay and Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, which celebrated its 10th Birthday this year. At the helm is executive chef Jean-Philippe Blondet who commands a brigade of a whopping 27 chefs in a rather swanky kitchen preparing dishes from a plethora of different menus. There’s a la carte, a … Continue reading Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, New York

I should start by saying the food at Brooklyn Fare is very good, delicious in fact. Chef César Ramirez is inspired by Japanese cuisine and French technique; the result being a fairly long tasting menu of nibbles to a standard Michelin deemed as deserving 3 stars. Ingredients were top notch; perch, red snapper, sea urchin, trout roe, langoustine, grade 5 wagyu; all cooked to a … Continue reading Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, New York

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, Park Lane 

Alain Ducasse (the legendary French chef who also owns Rivea and The Grill at The Dorchester), has held three Michelin stars at his eponymous restaurant inside Park Lane’s Dorchester hotel for over eight years. Technically I should be boycotting the hotel, seeing as the owner, the Sultan of Brunei, hates us gays, but I really wanted to give it a try. The room is large … Continue reading Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, Park Lane 

The Fat Duck, Bray

Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck is one of only four three Michelin starred restaurants in the UK and it resides in the Berkshire village of Bray, which is also home to The Waterside Inn (another three starred restaurant which I loved). The dining room is very much not what I expected; it has an old fashioned charm about it (it’s a listed building don’t you … Continue reading The Fat Duck, Bray

El Celler de Can Roca, Girona

El Celler de Can Roca is a three Michelin starred restaurant in Girona Spain and in 2013 it was voted the best restaurant in the world. It’s run by three brothers; Joan the head chef, Jordi the pastry chef and Josep the head sommelier. We had to book eight months in advance to get a table and that was just for a weekday lunch – … Continue reading El Celler de Can Roca, Girona

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

In 1998 Gordon Ramsay opened his eponymous restaurant on Royal Hospital Road in Chelsea and in 2001 it was awarded three Michelin stars – the highest possible. Now chef patron Clare Smyth is the only female in the UK to hold such status. The recently refurbed dining room was absolutely beautiful. It’s only a small space seating 45 or so but it was flooded with … Continue reading Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

The Waterside Inn

The Waterside Inn is one of only four restaurants in England to hold three Michelin stars (and has done for over 25 years) and resides in the rather charming village of Bray – which is also home to The Fat Duck. We decided to visit for my gentleman companion’s birthday and to be honest – we were a little apprehensive. Our prior experiences of two … Continue reading The Waterside Inn