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Spice up the New Year with a Benares masterclass

Indian food at Benares is Michelin star standard

If you’ve ever wanted to cook world class Indian cuisine, the New Year could be your big chance to learn at one of the UK’s leading Michelin starred restaurants.

In 2012, Atul Kochhar is opening the Benares kitchen to guests keen to find out more about his culinary secrets.

During a special masterclass, guests will have a unique and in depth lesson about Indian cooking which will reveal some of the secrets to Atul’s delicately spiced dishes, so they can then create some for themselves.

The masterclass concludes with a meal at Benares and guests will also receive a signed copy of Atul’s cookbook, Fish, Indian Style, as well as some other complimentary gifts.

The classes will run on Sundays, from 9.30am on 22nd January, 18th March, 20th May and 16th September. There is a maximum of 10 people per class, priced at £350 per person. Bookings can be made by sending an email to and further details are available from  Benares Restaurant.

We’ve been lucky enough to see Atul Kochhar at work in the kitchen before and can testify how exciting his food creations are!  Of course, if you just want to eat the delicious food at Benares, tables can be booked online.

World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2011 winners announced

The S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurant list for 2011 has been now revealed.

Maintaining their position at the top of the league is Noma restaurant, from Denmark and hot on their heels in second position – up two places from 2010 – is El Celler de Can Roca in Spain and in third position another Spanish restaurant, Mugaritz.

Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck has slipped down two places from its 2010 position, but is still one of the world’s top five restaurants.

The Ledbury restaurant, Notting Hill, LondonAn exciting new entry onto the list is The Ledbury in London’s Notting Hill, which is rated as the 34th best restaurant in the world on this 2011 list.  Tables at The Ledbury will no doubt become even more coveted,  just be quick to beat the inevitable rush.

Other UK restaurants in the top 50 are St John (up two places) and Hibiscus (up six places).  A new entry onto the list from China was Amber, the Michelin starred restaurant based in Hong Kong, whilst another new entry placed at 48th on the list was Varvary from Moscow, Russia.

The awards, which have been run by Restaurant Magazine since 2002, mark a highlight in the year for restaurants all around the world.

William Drew, editor of Restaurant magazine, said “This year showcases an exciting list of restaurants that span an even greater geographical spread than previous years and recognises the influence of fledgling culinary nations such as Peru and Russia. We heartily congratulate René Redzepi for the difficult task of maintaining his position as the number one restaurant on our list which underscores his commitment to redefining Nordic cuisine.”



The Michelin Guide celebrates a centenary

It’s a special time for the Michelin Guide this year, because the 2011 edition marks its 100th anniversary.

First published back in 2011, the guide was originally an aid to motorists, offering invaluable advice on everything from how to change a tyre, to the location of hotels, should ones motor car break down unexpectedly on a trip.

The thoroughly modern guide of 2011 continues to respond to the needs of its readers and is bursting with recommendations for a diverse selection of hotels, guesthouses, restaurants and pubs in all price categories and across every region of the UK and Ireland.  However, whereas the 1911 guide drew attention to facilities such as central heating or electric lights, the modern counterpart is more likely to pinpoint outstanding cooking and exceptional wine lists.

Commenting on the 2011 guide, Editor in Chief Rebecca Burr said: “This centenary edition underlines the UK’s greatest strength which is the rich diversity and variety of its restaurants. The country embraces all kinds of restaurants and every type of cuisine and the public’s appetite shows no signs of abating.”

Kitchen W8

The latest guide has 12 new one star establishments, including Gauthier Soho in Soho, Kitchen W8 in Kensington and Adam Simmonds at Danesfield House in Marlow.

There are also 26  new Bib Gourmands which highlight establishments that are especially popular with readers because of their moderate prices.

The Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland 2011