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S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2010

Executive Chef Luke Dale-Roberts

Executive Chef Luke Dale-Roberts from La Colombe

On Monday, 26 April, the S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2010 were unveiled at London’s Guildhall. The new number one restaurant is Noma from Denmark. For the previous four years, this position was held by Spanish El Bulli, which dropped down to the second spot this year. The Fat Duck, previously number two, was pushed down to third place.

42 Restaurants features eight restaurants in the Top 50 positions this year. These are La Colombe and Le Quartier Francais (South Africa), St John and Hibiscus (UK), Aqua and Die Schwarzwaldstube (Germany), Oaxen Krog (Sweden) and Biko (Mexico). Four more are featured in the Top 100: The River Café, Le Gavroche and Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester (UK) and Tantris (Germany). Our congratulations to these restaurants!

For the full 2010 List visit www.theworlds50best.com.

La Colombe, our highest ranking restaurant on the S.Pellegrino List, jumped 26 places to number 12. Since La Colombe is located in 42 Restaurants’ own hometown, Cape Town, we are particularly proud. As a special treat, we are making their Fricasse of Langoustine and Quail recipe available here. Enjoy!

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10 Food Bloggers to Follow on Twitter

These are some of our favourite food bloggers that we follow on Twitter:

  1. Chocolate & Zucchini@Clotildenet
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    As avid followers of Clotilde’s blog – Chocolate & Zucchini – it comes as no surprise that we follow her on twitter too. Her recipes are delicious and are based on French cuisine. Bon  Appetit!
  2. Matt Bites@MattArmendariz
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    Fantastic food photography, among other things, makes this a favourite of ours. Matt has a fun writing style to0 and is always an enjoyable read.
  3. Dorie Greenspan@doriegreenspan
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    Comfort food all the way. One of the real pro’s of food writing. We love the melding of French and American cuisine.
  4. Not Without Salt@AshleyRodriguez
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    For those of us with a sweet tooth, Ashley delivers the goods. A selection of fantasticly sweet recipes with the odd savoury one thrown in for good measure.
  5. Eating Asia@eatingasia
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    We are real fans of asian food, which makes Eating Asia one of our favourite food blogs. Based in Kuala Lumpur, a veritable melting pot of Indian, Chinese and Malay cuisine, Robyn Eckhart delivers a really great selection of food from the region.
  6. Bitten@bittman
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    A columnist for the New York times, Mark Bittman’s recipes are simple and delicious, not to mention the blogs great photography.
  7. Becks & Posh@sixy
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    A beautifully presented blog where Sam’s photos really bring the site to life.
  8. The Kitchn@thekitchn
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    Great tips for the kitchen with the odd recipe thrown in for good measure. We like!
  9. David Lebovitz@davidlebovitz
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    Arguably the most famous food blogger, we simply couldn’t leave him out of the list. David’s blog is heavily influenced by his passion for French food.
  10. Chez Pim@chezpim
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    A mixture of asian and American recipes makes this an interesting and wonderful food blog. Chez is one of the most popular food bloggers in the world and the quality of her posts definitely stand testament to that fact.

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Chef Bios: Kendal Duque

Kendal Duque

Kendal Duque

Kendal Duque grew up in a family of cooks. His maternal great-grandmother, known as one of the great cooks in Quito, Ecuador, was an inspiration to him as a child and a passion for cooking passed down the family lines to Kendal.

His family immigrated to the United States when he was young, and while studying at UC Berkeley, Kendal would often walk by the iconic Chez Panisse just to check out the menu. He quickly came to the realization that this was more than a passing curiosity and upon completing his thesis in Literature, he enrolled in culinary school. After graduating from Peter Kump’s New York Cooking School (1996), he began working under the legendary Julian Serrano, first at Masa (San Francisco) and then at the Bellagio (Las Vegas). After two years with Serrano, Kendal moved to Chicago and continued his working education, working in the kitchens of Jean Joho’s four-star Everest and then as sous chef on the opening team of the highly-anticipated Tru.

Inspired by all he had learned, Kendal went to Paris to stage at several Michelin-starred restaurants, soaking up all he could of the intense atmosphere. From Europe, he spent time working in NYC at the acclaimed Union Pacific, and he then returned to Chicago to work as the sous chef at NoMi. It was at NoMi Kendal met Emmanuel Nony, and a few years later, the two began collaborating on Sepia, one of the featured restaurants in the iPhone application 42 Restaurants.

Kendal decided to move on from Sepia in March 2009, to start his own restaurant. He was succeeded by Andrew Zimmerman, formerly chef de cuisine at NoMI and one-time chef at Mod and Del Toro restaurants in Wicker Park.

In 2009, Kendal had been a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef: Great Lakes award. With a degree in Latin American literature from the University of California, Berkeley, creativity is a defining characteristic of Kendal’s – it is the creative process he loves most about cooking and his style can be described as of the moment, good-spirited and filled with clean, pure, direct flavors. Simple, yet elegant.

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Free Recipe: Warm Chocolate Soup

This indulgent warm chocolate soup is an all-time favourite at Wild Honey, served with crème fraîche and chopped almonds.


Ingredients

For Soup:
  • 50g / 1,8oz dark chocolate, 60-70% cocoa solids
  • 50g / 1,8oz whipping cream
  • 50g / 1,8oz butter
  • 4 eggs, separated
To Serve:
  • Icing sugar, for dusting
  • Good handful of chopped almonds
  • 120-180ml / 4-6oz créme fraiche

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 100°C / gas ¼ / 212°F .
  2. In a gently warmed bain-marie (or a bowl set over, but not touching, some gently simmering water), heat the chocolate and butter until just melted. Add the egg yolks and combine lightly.
  3. In separate bowls, lightly whip the cream to ribbon stage and beat the egg whites until standing in soft peaks, but being careful not to over-beat.
  4. Fold these into the chocolate
    mixture and immediately transfer to 4-6 individual ovenproof serving bowls.
  5. Bake for 9 minutes.
  6. Allow to stand for a minute or so after removing from the oven.
  7. Then sprinkle with icing sugar, scatter with chopped almonds and top with a spoonful of créme fraiche.
Tips:

The quality of the chocolate you use for this is quite critical to the flavour of the finished soup. Chef Anthony Demetre suggests you use Valrhona’s 66% cocoa solids.

Wild Honey (London):

Anthony Demetre and Will Smith, the team behind the successful Arbutus restaurant in Soho, launched their second site ‘Wild Honey’ in July 2007. Wild Honey continues in the same style as Arbutus – an award-winning combination of modestly priced great food and wine in an informal, friendly ambience. Wild Honey has a Michelin Star.

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A Little Hors d’Oeuvre

The iPhone application for 42 Restaurants is now complete and we are busy putting the final touches on the recipe designs. In the meantime here is a little taste of things to come courtesy of Joël in Atlanta

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