Sommelier’s view of succeeding in the toxic world of fine dining

  When Sommelier Victoria James (13) spilled a drop of wine on the tablecloth of a Michelin –starred restaurant in New York, she was publicly punished and  warned her next mistake  would cost her, her job. From then on her hands would tremble every time she poured.   Aged nineteen, Victoria was serving sugary Cosmopolitans…

Our Fragmented food culture

  Our food culture is fragmented, a mix of mass “ultra Processed” foods ( high in salt, sugar and fat)  the effect of Europeanisation  as pizza is children’s favourite food and wee also eat the world’s cuisines, as UK got wealthier, allowing aspirations and tastes to flower. Industrial and post-industrial societies have moved away from…

UK’s accelerated shutdown to stem spread of coronavirus

Social Shutdown pubs, Restaurants,  Cinemas, Theatres, Gyms, Spa ordered to close Mr. Johnson urged the public to stay at home as far as possible and think very carefully before visiting relatives on Mothering Sunday tomorrow .and said “bit by bit, day by day, your actions, your restraint, and your sacrifice, we are putting his country…

Just Eat-Takeaway merger in doubt

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority have launched a last minute review into Takeaway.com and Just Eat’s £6bn merger, throwing one of the UK’s biggest tech deals in recent years into doubt.  The probe follows a months-long review of Amazon’s planned minority stake in Deliveroo, Just Eat’s biggest rival . Both cases are investigated on…

World Vegan Day 2019

World Vegan day is on November 1st. The Vegan Society says half of all vegans are now aged between 15 and 34 and more adults have switched to a plant-based diet in the last three years. Veganism actually existed more than two hundred years ago in1874. Towards the end of World War II, Donald Watson…

JAB Holding to raise £8bn from investors

The investment company behind Keurig Dr Pepper, sandwich chain Pret A Manger,  Krispy Kreme Doughnuts,  JAB Holdings, Caribou and Peet’s coffee, Einstein Bros Bagels who are aiming to  raise as much as  £6.5bn ($8bn) from investors to further its multi-year acquisition spree in the consumer sector. The company which manages the fortune of Germany’s billionaire…

FINDING “BUDGET” GOOD FOOD IN LONDON

Rio’s Piri Piri at 112 Lisson Grove London NW1 6UL opened on April 5th this year and is the third branch in London joining Croydon and Wembley. There are eleven more outside the London area. Rio’s Piri Piri branches first opened in 2015.  Affiliated with Deliveroo Just Eat and Uber Eat, with a minimum order…

Rapid expansion of OYO

OYO, a fast-growing Indian hotel chain backed by Softbank, is investing  £1.6bn ($2bn) to triple 25-year-old Ritesh Agrawal, the founder’s stake to 30 percent from 10 per cent  in the  company  while light speed and Sequoia, its US backers partly cash out. The share buyback pushes OYO , the World’s third-largest hotel chain behind InterContinental…

Slug & Lettuce to buy 4000 pubs in £3bn Ei deal

The takeover of the Ei Group will add  4000 new publs to Stonegate Pub company’s ( owner of Slug & Lettuce) 765 existing locations .  Simon Longbottom, CEO of Stonegate is owned by the Cayman Island registered private equity group TDR Capital  said that although the deal  ” slightly dwarfs what we’ve done before  the…